Who We Are.
Progeny is a youth/adult partnership focused on reimagining the
juvenile justice system and reinvestment into
Progeny is a program of
Destination Innovation Inc,
Aligning boldly-resilient young people with the tools and mindset to move courageously,
with purpose and discipline, to activate underserved communities.
To transform the juvenile justice system in Kansas by closing the remaining state youth prison and shifting power to the communities most impacted by these systems through investment in programs that build a healthier Kansas
for youth development.
Progeny youth leaders.
Liz Hamor , ED, GLSEN KS
Terry Atwater , CEO/ED, It Takes a Village, Inc.
Ti'Juana Hardwell, JAG Instructor, USD 259
Mike Fonkert, Campaign Director, Kansas Appleseed
Kiana Knolland, Field Director, Smart Justice ACLU Kansas
Statement of Principles.
Every child in the juvenile justice system deserves justice and respect.
Everyone has a chance to develop their leadership.
We believe in the restoration of each person while we are fighting for the restoration of our communities.
We believe in compassionate community agitators who focus on organizing, growth, development and healing within youth, families and communities.
We will center the voices of youth and young adults and their families in decision making processes that directly impact youth in their community.
We will empower the voices and stories of youth of the LGBTQ community, youth of color, as well as youth with disabilities.
We believe that in order to make a safe and thriving community we must address the root causes of harm and work collectively to make real change.
We believe that youth should be invested in to promote the next generation of leaders in Kansas.
We believe that the justice system is biased and marginalizes populations based on their race, religion, gender identity and expression, class, ability, addiction, mental health status and sexual orientation and that this needs to change.
We believe in the empowerment of youth with their stories and experiences and encourage them not to use their story as a crutch but as a sword, for they are the experts of their own stories and experiences.