Terah Lawyer

Terah Lawyer

Program Manager


Impact Justice

Oakland, CA USA


My education has been the one thing that no one can ever take away from me. It is priceless.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
In 2008, I became a certified peer health educator and began educating the prison population on healthy practices and communicable diseases and fell in love with connecting with the community.
In 2010, I achieved my first associate’s degree in Social and Behavior Science through Feather River College.
I was elected as the Chairperson for an inmate-led organization called the Beyond Incarceration Program in 2011. I had the pleasure of leading a team of 24 members to conduct prison outreach efforts.
In 2012, with the support of my mother, I started a business called Criminal Offender Reform Establishment (C.O.R.E.), which provides correspondent educational materials to incarcerated students.
In 2013, I created the Bully-Awareness Workshop and organized a team of incredible leaders to present the curriculum and combat the bully problem that exists in the prison population.
In 2015, I developed a program called Offender Responsibility, an eight-week intense course to educate others on Victim Impact Awareness, Accountability, and Making living amends.
In 2016, I earned a second associate's degree in business from Coastline College. In 2017, I became a certified drug and alcohol counselor. Upon my release in 2017, I continue to serve my community
In 2018, I began working with Impact Justice as the Program Manager for an innovative program called the Homecoming Project. I sit on the board of two organization and am a full-time student at SFSU.
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Education

High School
James Logan High
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
San Francisco State University
Certification/License
Drug/Alcohol Certification
California Association for Drug/Alcohol Educators
Bachelor
Social/Behavioral Science
Feather River College

Career

Program Manager

I developed and launched a shared-housing model that houses formerly incarcerated individuals in community hosts' homes.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Law
Helping People

Day to Day

I manage a program called the Homecoming Project. I oversee the activities of placing individuals coming home from prison into community host homes. I screen, match, and place participants while adding supportive services to their 6 months in the program to ensure a transitional success. I get to work with stakeholders, community leaders, social justice organizations and other service providers to make sure the program, hosts and participants are thriving.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Program development skills and leadership skills have proven to be highly valuable in this work. My personal experience of being formerly incarcerated has also added great depth to my ability to connect to the community I'm serving and speak truth to the challenges individuals with a criminal record have to face. Networking and strategic planning are essential skills when managing a project. It's important to represent your work in every aspect of your life, even when I'm not on the clock.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Networking with the individuals you admire. Seeking professional advice from them while sharing your goals. Shaping your dream into a presentation style can inspire others to be involved and hopefully mentor the path you want to take. This is a great way to be introduced to your passionate work!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
certification
Certification/License
Drug/Alcohol Certification
undergrad
Bachelor
Social/Behavioral Science

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Having a criminal record will prevent you from advancing in your career pathway. With a criminal record, you will only be able to secure employment in entry level jobs."

Challenges I Overcame

LGBT