Since 2004, Jonathan has worked with and advocated for youth and families, seeking to empower them to overcome trauma and violence to become community-builders and peacemakers. His breadth of direct service experience includes working in an alternative detention facility, as a GED instructor for gang-involved and other disconnected youth, as a mentor for young people and administrating high-quality prevention and intervention programming for youth.
Jonathan has also worked at the structural level of juvenile justice reform in Chicago, bringing together community-based organizations with policy makers for the benefit of young people. He helped design and implement restorative justice philosophies and practices as a founding member of the Community Restorative Justice Hubs Leadership Circle and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Institute Data Subcommittee through the Annie E Casey Foundation. He has been in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2016 and has spent the majority of that time with Stepping Stones, a youth mentoring program based in Carbondale, CO.
Jonathan’s professional journey has centered on empowering youth and their families to be contributing members of society and restoring relationships between marginalized youth, their families, and the community.