2010 Black History Heroes
Denise Coleman is the director of Juvenile Justice Programs at Huckleberry Youth Programs in San Francisco. Ms. Coleman has led Huckleberry's Community Assessment and Referral Center (CARC) since 1999, and the center has become one of the foremost programs in San Francisco. It provides youth arrested for nonviolent crimes with a rehabilitative, supportive alternative to incarceration. Under Ms. Coleman's leadership, CARC has supported over 5,000 at-risk youth and is a national model of excellence for community-based juvenile justice alternative programs. Ms. Coleman also serves as a national juvenile justice consultant for the Vera Institute of New York, and she was a 2008 fellow of the Women's Policy Institute sponsored by the Women's Foundation of California and a 2009 fellow of the National Institute of Out-of-School Time. She also co-chairs the Juvenile Justice Providers Association in San Francisco.
Since 1994, Regina Jackson has served as the executive director of the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), where she develops and oversees the center's general administration and program management, supervises public relations and fiscal management. Ms. Jackson has helped build the center into one of the community's most valuable resources -- a safe, nurturing environment where young people can learn, dream and aspire by developing their self-esteem and leadership skills. She has served on statewide and local community boards and task forces, and the International Diplomacy Council has sought Ms. Jackson's expertise in sharing best practices with international visitors to the United States. Her ongoing, tireless efforts to gain corporate, local business and hometown celebrity support have been instrumental to the stabilization of the center and its continued growth.
Harriett Larkin is the retention mentor of the Renaissance Parents of Success Youth Movement Program in San Francisco, California, where she began in 2004. She has many roles, including that of a nurturing "parent" to her students, and her career has been rich in giving back to the community. She's worked as a counselor at Nailah House Group Home and for Foster Family Agency and also worked with youth at Gastinell's and New Directions, where she provided tutoring, prepared meals, and led field trips. At New Directions, her program expanded to include gang members, an often challenging aspect of her job that was balanced by uplifting stories of youth who professed the positive changes they wanted to make in their lives. Ms. Larkin has developed strong relationships with youth that have lasted more than 20 years, and is often thrilled to see some of her students raising their own children. She credits her genuine love and passion for at-risk youth to the love and ongoing compassion of her own parents.
Dr. Mona Vaughn Scott
An accomplished dancer, actress, writer, producer, director and teacher, Dr. Mona Vaughn Scott has spent the last 20 years as the artistic/executive director of the Black Repertory Group (BRG) in Berkeley, California, following her late mother, BRG founder Nora Vaughn. Dr. Scott mentors actors, develops after-school programs, facilitates self-esteem building workshops and utilizes performance to reach people affected by substance abuse and violence. Dr. Scott earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University and has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career. She was recognized by the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre for her contributions to the arts and in 2001 received the Mayor of Berkeley, California's Commendation for Mentoring in the Arts. She was also inducted into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame and received the Washington, DC Ambassador's Youth Award for establishing the Inner-City Youth Orchestra. Dr. Scott is also listed in Who's Who in Black America and holds a lifetime membership in Orchesis, the National Modern Dance Society's honor organization.
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