Brandon Griggs | The Illiteracy-to-Prison Connection
Brandon Griggs is a student activist and advocate for "at-risk" youth who, like him, have lived in the epicenter of gang and gun violence in Jacksonville and experienced its traumatic effects.
A graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and EVAC movement member, Griggs believes youth deserve a voice at the table. He founded Hear the Youth, an organization that fosters constructive conversations between youth and their schools, government, and legislators, allowing students in Jacksonville's lowest-performing school districts to express their needs and create change. Hear the Youth was recently selected as a T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge winner.
In 2020 Brandon was awarded the Princeton Prize in Race Relations; this program recognizes students who, through their volunteer activities, have undertaken significant efforts to advance racial equity and understanding in their schools or communities. He will be attending Brown University in the fall.