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Experience Pacifica: Alumni ‘Coming Home’

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Friday, March 22nd, 2019 from 9:30am – 4:00pm

Harry Grammer

A very warm and special welcome to our alum, Harry Grammer, Founder, President and CEO of New Earth, Los Angeles, CA

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About Harry Grammer

Harry Grammer alumnus of Pacifica Graduate Institute is an activist, scholar, and poet and founded New Earth in 2004 and since then has been an integral part of reforming the juvenile justice nationwide system. In 2017, Harry was honored as a CNN Hero and in 2018 selected as an inaugural Obama Foundation Fellow. As the Founder and President, Harry brings his leadership and visionary spirit, along with an extensive background in teaching poetry, advocacy and leadership to incarcerated and at-risk youth. For the past 14 years, Harry has been the head instructor and training for all New Earth programming that is offered to over 1,500 incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth per year in Los Angeles County. Harry has personally worked directly worked with over 10,000 youth since the inception of the organization. In addition to developing and teaching core curriculum, and designing new programs, Harry also trains and manages New Earth staff both in detention centers and at New Earth’s two charter school re-entry centers for system-involved young people. He has a stellar track record in keeping the youth he works with from recidivating and on a path of productivity. Harry is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Community, Liberation, and Ecopsychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.

About New Earth

New Earth provides youth with mentor-based creative arts and educational programs including poetry, music production, gardening, and fitness. New Earth currently serves 500 young people per week who are incarcerated in Los Angeles County detention facilities and placement homes and in the Orange County Juvenile Hall.

Upon release from incarceration, young people join our New Earth Arts & Leadership center in Culver City, CA where they receive career training, jobs, a fully accredited High School education program, mentorship, case management, nature expeditions, arts programming and wrap-around services that help them re-enter their communities with all the support and nurturing they need to make a successful transition.

Articles about Harry Grammer

PGIAA Alumni Spotlight

Sometimes information about a person crosses our desk and we are buoyed by inspiration that such a wondrous individual lives. Read more > 

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

This award is given in recognition of exemplary work in service to the world, as well as commitment and dedication to furthering the Institute’s mission. Read more > 

Honored CNN Hero

Several times a week, a security officer lets Harry Grammer through the gates of Camp Gonzales, a juvenile detention center in Los Angeles. Read more > 

TEDx Santa Barbara

Incarcerated children deserve a chance for a better future. Jail is not the answer, there is a better way for kids in the juvenile justice system to transform their lives. Watch Video > 

Obama Foundation Fellowship 

The Obama Foundation Fellows are a diverse set of community-minded rising stars – organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, and more. Read more > 

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