Pedro was born in Jersey City, NJ to teenage parents. After the death of his father he had to deal with his mother being addicted to drugs. His life took a turn for the worse. A life of crime steered by the need to survive was his youth experience. In and out detention center and county jail lead him deeper into a hopeless life. He then became a teen father and began to seek a better life, but felt there was no way out. It wasn’t till he had an encounter with God that his eyes were opened and his hope was restored. He went on to marry Gedy, the woman who invited him to a church service and through difficult challenges they learned to overcome and pursue their calling.They later moved to Florida where they got connected to juvenile justice ministry and their passion, life experience, and leadership lead them to launch Urban Youth Justice in 2019. UYJ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves youth involved in the juvenile justice system throughout the Central Region of Florida.
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about the founders
Pedro and Gedia have been married for 21 years but have been together since 1994. Both grew up fatherless and became close friends as they shared much of the same painful experiences. Due to a criminal history in his youth he struggled to find employment and had to work jobs that would pay the bare minimum. In 2012, He began to pursue his education and career in Counseling and Human Services. In 2014, Gedia began to pursue her education in Human Services. Pedro has since graduated with a Master’s degree and is now studying for his Doctoral degree in Transformational Leadership. Pedro and Gedia are together leading a team of men and women who are passionate about serving the most vulnerable youth in the communities they serve.
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