Building on the success of last year’s event featuring Veronika Scott from the Empowerment Plan, the 3rd annual Patachou Foundation Speaker’s Forum will feature Jordyn Lexton, founder of Drive Change in NYC.
Former Rikers Island teacher, Jordyn, started Drive Change to rehabilitate young adults facing the detrimental impact of the criminal justice system. Drive Change builds and operates food trucks as a tool to give opportunity for young adults coming out of the justice system to live fully-employed, crime- free lives. By employing the food truck industry as an innovative re-entry model, she is able to reduce the negative stigma of incarceration, support young people and provide access to opportunity and crime-free lives.
Like The Patachou Foundation, Jordyn believes that food is a powerful equalizer. Both organizations seek to make an impact on the community through good food and human connection.
Jordyn and Drive Change have been recognized by NBC, Melissa Harris Perry, Edible, The Chew, The Vendy Awards, Yahoo Foods and others. Jordyn is a former Ashoka Leadership Bootcamp Fellow (2014), An 'Agent of Change,' and Milan Food Expo 2015 USA Pavilion Advisory Board Member. Jordyn holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a MA in Teaching from Pace University.
The idea for the Foundation is simple: Feed healthy meals to children suffering from food insecurity, and while feeding them, increase their awareness, connection and excitement about the whole food they are eating. The Patachou Foundation, a non profit organization in Indianapolis, is partially supported with profits produced by Public Greens, a Patachou restaurant and microfarm now open on the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple. Public Greens proudly to employ an in-house farmer in partnership with Growing Places Indy. www.growingplacesindy.org
The Foundation, in keeping with Patachou Inc.’s original vision, will start small, adhere to smart growth strategies, make an early impact; and, in keeping with Patachou’s 2020 vision, be a radically different and radically better organization. Our goal for the Foundation is that, over time, we can feed more children; that additional Public Greens restaurants can be established to help fund The Patachou Foundation; and that our community can benefit from these actions in an impactful and transformative manner.