‘1 in 5’ Season 2 Episode 5: Meet Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin

Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin | December 1, 2022 | Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents

Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin was taught to always take care of those around her, but didn’t always see education as a way of doing so After dropping out of school and later finding herself incarcerated and pregnant, Yolanda became determined to change the course of her life. Once she was released, Yolanda focused on establishing a relationship with her son, all while juggling two jobs and school. As she continues to reach new professional and educational heights, Yolanda draws on her experiences to uplift others and create opportunities for formerly incarcerated women.

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College & Community Fellowship supports women with criminal justice involvement while they obtain college degrees and leadership skills that promote self-efficacy and civic engagement.

Jeremiah Program is a national organization with a mission to disrupt the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time.

Women Transcending at Columbia University’s College of Justice focuses on the impact of the mass incarceration system on women and girls and the roles that women are playing in changing those systems.

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