About Us

Educate Don’t Incarcerate was founded in 2016 by Terrance Coffie. EDI focuses its attentions on criminal justice reform through educational opportunities, mentoring and policy reform with the fundamental idea that that through education and support lives can be changed. EDI seeks to provide information and mentorship that will encourage students in the areas of education, skill training, entrepreneurship, empowerment, personal development. We have assembled a team of visionaries and game changers who share their academic and life experiences as a tool to inspire others. In addition to serving as an inspiration to men and youths, EDI also addresses challenges of re-entry for the formerly incarcerated. EDI is also a staunch advocate for social justice, having seen the cycle of poverty, substance abuse, unemployment, homelessness and incarceration in underrepresented communities first-hand, EDI has committed itself to promoting social, economic and educational reform, and hopes to address these issues on a larger scale.

 

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We at Educate Don't Incarcerate know the importance of the role of mentoring in a person's life. That is why we provide mentoring to those who need it the most. If you know of someone in need of mentoring contact us today.

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Mentors

 
 
 “For me education has become a means not only to see the world, but an avenue by which I can carry a message of hope to lives that are sometimes torn by despair.”

“For me education has become a means not only to see the world, but an avenue by which I can carry a message of hope to lives that are sometimes torn by despair.”

President/mentor

Terrence Coffie

Terrance Coffie is a B.S.W graduate of New York University, social justice advocate, youth activist, and change agent by way of higher education. Terrance is employed as the Computer Lab Manager and College Pathway’s Adviser for The Doe Fund, a transitional work program that assist the homeless and formerly incarcerated to re-establish their lives. Mr. Coffie has participated in numerous venues such as the New York Re-entry Network’s: Transitional Talk, President Round-table: Men of Color Student Leadership Institute, Harlem Transformation Project, Vera Institute of Justice Committee and Columbia University’s Transitional Study Committee just to name a few. Mr. Coffie delivers an awe inspiring message exposing his personal life experiences and challenges to engage and connect with disenfranchised men of color on the value of education. His raw and candid style of speaking has inspired countless men who suffered from hopelessness, homelessness and criminal behavior with his inspirational story of redemption, determination, and perseverance. He has also been featured in the Bronx Community College Communicator, New York PIX 11 News and The New York Daily News.

 

Education

New York University
Bachelor of Social Work,

New York University
Master of Social Work, pending

Concentration: Policy

Achievements

• Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member
• Named Global Fellow by the nternational Study Programs
• 2016 NYU Preseident's Service Award and Excellence in Leadership Award

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
Birch

Mentor

Antonio Birch

Antonio Birch is an ambitious soul who hails from the south side of the Bronx, New York.  Born in New York City to an African-American mother and Puerto Rican father, he developed his first love of music witnessing his father play the saxophone and flute in his home.  His grandparents were avid lovers of music listening to both blues and jazz and so it is no surprise that Antonio's love for music transitioned him into his current position working as an assistant to Bobby Dash, Vashon Straws and Derrick Pearson, Vice Presidents and Heads of the Urban Promotions Department at Universal/Motown Records

Antonio Birch is inspired by his latest organization "Liberation Productions" which he joined in August.  The organization is "a new artistic experience" that reaches out to the public to promote creativity and expose the public to spoken word poets, singers, musicians, and young entrepreneur artists.   As Anton journeys through life and excels in his latest public relations position within Liberation Productions, he is also developing his latest project "GladiatorGraduate$/Money Machine Entertainment” with his conglomerates which he is also self-promoting this fall.  

 

Education

LaGuardia Community College
Juris Doctor, 1999

WORLD UNIVERSITY
B.A., Economics, 1995

Activities & Affiliations

• Produced and Directed the Fashion Show Expo
• Helped raise over $3,000.00 for the Yele Haiti foundation

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
Aiken

Mentor

Alexander Aiken

Alexander Aiken, the position as Housing Specialist/ intake specialist with the Doe Fund where, I graduated in 2012. A lot of my job requests mentor clients with these situation their credit scores, back ground check and managing money. Most of the clients I see on a daily basic have no experiences dealing with life on life terms. Being involved with young men it’s an honor and privilege to be truth with their most intimate secret, also provided them information on how to successfully complete the RWA program and transgression back into society.  Mentorship is a crucial part of life if we’ve ever thought about all our lesson learned it begun in a suggest either from an uncle, aunt or close family friend. Mentorship requests a person with a warm heart, kind souls and sympathetic ear.  Taken my mentor suggested I enrolled at Hostos Community College in the fall of 2013. In this spring I’ll be graduated with a degree in Criminal Justices and the fall of 2017 I’ll be transfer to John Jay University to pursue a Bachelor and Master degree's in criminal justices while completing the LSACin apply to location law schools ,Columbia, Fordham and NYU. Ever decisions I made since 2012 has been discussed with mentor because I value his advice.

 

 

Education

EMPIRE LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2002

NAMELESS UNIVERSITY
B.A., Art History, 1999

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, California