June Updates

On June 1st, Omari participated in the Choose 180 Youth diversion process at Seattle University where a group of young people got their criminal charges dismissed in exchange for their participation in a 4-hour workshop. Omari spoke on his experiences with theft and how it progressed from being petty to landing him in prison.

On June 6th, 2019, Omari presented From Crime to the Classroom: How Education Changes Lives at the Northwest African-American Museum in Seattle. The event was broadcast on TVW throughout the week.

On June 11th, 2019, Omari presented From Crime to the Classroom: How Education Changes Lives to a group of staff and GED students at the Reach Center in Tacoma.

On June 15th, Omari participated in the Choose 180 Young Adult diversion process. Individuals age 18-24 saw criminal charges dismissed in exchange for their participation in the 4-hour workshop. Once again, Omari spoke about his experiences with theft.

From June 25th-27th Omari joined a group of advocates from around the nation in Washington, D.C. for Unlock Higher Ed’s advocacy day on The Hill. Omari met with the staffs of several members of congress to advocate for the restoration of Pell Grants for incarcerated people, the removal of questions about drug convictions from the FAFSA, and the removal of questions about criminal history from college applications.