Our Story

Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

In 2016, Prevention Zone was founded by Daphine Jack. Daphine is a veteran parole officer with a vision. Her goal is to motivate and keep the youth focus on the positive things in spite of the negative environment in our society today.

In the Fall of 2016, she created a simple program for boys ages 13-21 which included her son and his friends with the support of their parents. She begins with the name Young Men Gathering. After putting the Young Men's Gathering in operation she began focusing on the research of exoneration. Her passion for law enforcement (criminal justice) helped in deciding to create a nonprofit while becoming an advocate for wrongful convictions and exonerees (returning citizens). A nonprofit consultant was hired to assist in organizing and formulating Prevention Zone. On March 3, 2019, Prevention Zone Inc became a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Although Prevention Zone Inc is new on the scene, its goal is to reach the needs of youth, youth with incarcerated parent(s), and exonerated citizens. The name of Young Men Gathering change in 2019 to Young People Gathering. The goal of Prevention Zone Inc is to share this nonprofit around world and created a legacy that will be an asset to our society.

Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Prevention Zone Inc emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words.

Since 2021 in the month of March Criminal Justice Month, Prevention Zone Inc host their annual Circle of Excellence Criminal Justice Award fundraising event by awarding leaders who have been an agent of change for criminal and social justice reform. In 2020 during COVID, PZI begin hosting a virtual forum titled Catalyst for Change Community Forum quarterly to create a dialogue with community leaders on criminal and social justice topics. In October 2021, they held their first in-person Catalyst for Change Community Forum focusing on current events on criminal justice reform, juvenile justice, wrongful convictions, and prison, parole, and probation. This is a free event.

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