Circle Keeper

Cambridge, MA

George Halfkenny comes to OurRJ as a survivor of the school to prison pipeline. George entered the pipeline at age eight and then spent the next thirty years of his life extricating himself from it. George has personally experienced the negative living situations and unsuccessful human service provision that plague so many inner city youth. He has survived teen parenthood, foster care, group care, youth and adult incarceration, treatment centers, and homelessness. He is currently an outreach worker for North Suffolk Mental Health Association. As an adult with a positive lifestyle, reunified family, consistent work, and the head of a household, George is a beacon for troubled youth stuck in the darkness of hopelessness. He uses both his training and personal experiences to educate youth and their communities about restorative justice, the antecedents to the school to prison pipeline, and mass incarceration.