David Gaskin is the Program Manager for Save Our Streets Crown Heights. David arrived at S.O.S after working with diverse groups including people in the criminal justice system, alternatives to incarceration and re-entry programs, and people impacted by H.I.V/AIDS, substance abuse and domestic violence. David is also a former gang member who now promotes healthy masculinity among young black men.
D. Stanley is a former original member of the notorious New York City Blood gang from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. He spent his teens and early adult years deeply involved in gang banging, drug dealing and violence, activities that eventually led to his imprisonment. During his time in prison he educated himself and acquired a new outlook on life. His present lifestyle and work are driven by his determination to never be involved in anything that might cause him to leave his children behind and return to prison. He has vowed to use his wit and street knowledge to pacify the streets of his neighborhood and make them safer by reducing and, hopefully, one day stopping the shooting and killing in his community.
Hailey Nolasco, is the Planner for the Bedford Stuyvesant Anti-Violence Project funded under the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant. She holds Master’s of Public Administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, specializing in both Management and Operations and Criminal Justice Administration and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Staten Island. Ms. Nolasco is presently a member of the American Society of Public Administration, the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society of public administration, and a past member of the Women’s Prison Association’s Emerging Leaders Board where she served as their communications chair.
Ms. Nolasco is dedicated to advancing the ideals of integrity, professionalism, and creative performance in her work. Her personal interests have long been to reform the criminal justice system concentrating specifically in women’s issues, prison reform, and sustainable reentry practices. Through education and advocacy, Ms. Nolasco hopes to change societal norms and strengthen communities.
Heather Day is the associate director of youth and community programs at the Mediation Center. Heather oversees Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) and Justice Community Plus and supports additional programs and outreach initiatives at the Center. Previously, Heather worked for Citizen Schools New York both as a teaching fellow in the classroom and in volunteer recruitment and curriculum development at the regional office. Heather earned a BA in American Studies from Connecticut College and a Master’s of Social Work with a Human Service Leadership concentration from Fordham University. Heather believes that young people have powerful voices and unique insight to share with the world, and loves seeing youth in the spotlight.