Le'otis Boswell Johnson
Meet Le'otis !
Le’otis Boswell-Johnson was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University (FSU) with a degree in Criminology and Psychology and is attending the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. While in college, Le’otis was a founding member of the non-profit program Sons of Sophistication, a mentoring program for young men of color at a high school in Tallahassee, FL. He is passionate about working to better the experience of “at risk” youth. Many kids growing up with lower socioeconomic statuses are often written off or looked down upon unless they are one of the “exceptional” kids who deserve a chance. He wants to create a system that allows kids, even the ones who make mistakes and end up in the system, to have a fighting chance to discover and utilize their potential to be successful despite what their circumstances might be. He seeks to do this on two fronts, through advocating for juveniles as a juvenile defense attorney and as advocate for academic and juvenile justice reform.
Meet Brianca !
A native of Pensacola, Florida, Brianca Wright is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Psychology and Criminology. Brianca aspires to be a psychologist working with juveniles after seeing how a close friend’s mental stability was neglected once entangled in the criminal justice system. It is her mission to change the narrative of black children in America by improving assessment and intervention strategies for discipline of youth in schools and juvenile justice systems. She acknowledges the correlation between the weaknesses in our criminal justice system and the shortcomings within the education system and uses this to fuel her. The current disciplinary practices used in both institutions do not promote environments for growth and limits students’ potential and academic performance. Through the founding of Sons of Sophisticaiton, a mentoring program for young men of color, and her work within an educational nonprofit, she has learned that children’s outward behavior is a physical manifestation of distress below the surface. As an avid leader and firm advocate for the growth of our youth, Brianca Wright continues to invest her time and skills in the potential of our future and the young generations who will lead it.