About Us

We Have a Purpose is a grassroots youth development nonprofit organization with a
deep focus on empowering and supporting justice impacted youth and
addressing the impact of the school to prison pipeline. We believe in the power
of positive adult influences in the lives of our youth and provide holistic wrap up
around services from prevention and intervention to post program success.
Youth who have experienced trauma, poverty and adverse life experiences
face the systems of education and justice simultaneously at disproportionate
rates. We utilize diversion programming for intervention and restorative
practices for prevention to:
• Build strong partnership between grassroots organizations and education
systems and community leaders to address the impact of school to prison
pipeline of youth
• Reduce youth recidivism and restore trust and responsibility in community
and in schools
• Provide opportunities for youth to heal
• Increase opportunities for youth to access employment and education
and transition to adulthood.