Based in Brooklyn, New York, Pure Legacee’s mission is to be a haven of healing for young girls who have experienced trauma. We aim to provide an alternative to incarceration and homelessness for girls who are directly impacted by the criminal justice system and aging out of foster care.
Pure Legacee’s programs have an overall goal to reduce recidivism rates of young, systems-impacted girls. We promote a positive, inclusive and collegiate learning environment where participants can succeed and become productive members of society, as well as mentors for young girls in their community.
A safe residential space for young girls aging out of the foster care system, so they can become independent, self-sustaining adults.
A 16-week mentoring training program featuring healing activities including workshops, field trips, group counseling and individual coaching.
COMMUNITY ADVOCACY TRAINING
A 10-week community advocacy and organizing training program that encourages participants to change legal policies and laws surrounding mass incarceration and the foster care system using social media.
Executive Director & Founder
Naquasia Pollard is an advocate, activist and direct service provider. She was incarcerated for 15 years in a Women’s Correctional Facility at the age of 19. After being released in 2017, she worked at the Ladies of Hope Ministries where she utilized her BA in Sociology, earned in prison, to support women impacted by incarceration.
Yinia Ramirez attended the South Bronx Job Corps Academy at the age of 16 where she received her High School Equivalency Diploma and a vocational certification in Business Technology. She later attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice while working in various roles at Job Corps and subsequently at personal injury law firms.
Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin is known for her groundbreaking approach to reintegrating people with justice histories back into public housing with their families. Under her leadership, the Family Reentry program in New York City Housing Authority has become the model for Housing Authorities across the United States.
Shanequa Charles is the executive director of Miss Abbie’s Kids Inc., an organization that focuses on producing a more sustainable and healthier Bronx child through real-world teachings, workshops, community events and more.
Shawntiara Heyes is an unstoppable advocate for the LTBTQI community. She is an Ambassador for Young New Yorkers, which provides arts-based diversion programs for young people, and a Credible Messenger from the New School.
519 Rockaway Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11212