On behalf of the Youth First Initiative, I’m thrilled to announce that Hernan Carvente has joined the team as the National Youth Partnership Strategist.
In this role, Hernan will manage the Youth First Youth Leaders Network (YFYL), a group of youth and young adult activists, ages 15 to 28, who are interested in helping to lead campaigns in their states to close youth prisons and invest in community alternatives. Hernan will also provide technical assistance to the youth networks in the Youth First campaign partner states, including leadership skill building, organizing and advocacy training, and campaign planning.
Hernan brings tremendous expertise to the initiative, having recently served as a Program Analyst for the Center on Youth Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice and from having served on different boards with organizations like the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the National Academies of Science.
We look forward to working with Hernan in his new capacity!
President & CEO
Youth First Initiative
Meet Hernan Carvente, National Youth Partnership Strategist
Hernan Carvente manages the Youth First Youth Leaders Network, which provides young emerging leaders with the training and tools to lead the fight against youth incarceration. Previously, he served as a Program Analyst for the Center on Youth Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice, where he worked on policy analysis, program development, and elevated the voices and needs of youth and families in statewide policy reform. Mr. Carvente has served on state-appointed boards including the New York State Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and the Citizens Policy and Complaint Review Council. Through these appointments, he participated in the development and implementation of New York’s federal juvenile justice plan and helped ensure that local correctional facilities were treating individuals fairly and humanely. He has also served as National Youth Chair for the National Youth Committee of the Coalition for Juvenile Justiceas well as an advisor to the National Academies of Science and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Utilizing his experiences, Mr. Carvente trains policymakers, researchers, students, and professionals in probation, child welfare, juvenile justice and corrections on ending youth incarceration and moving toward more holistic, community-based, trauma-informed programs for young people. He was awarded the “Spirit of Youth Award” by Coalition for Juvenile Justice and the “Next Generation Champion for Change” award by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is a first-generation Mexican-American and the first male in his family to graduate from college, earning a degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College.