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Alex Davis

Alex Davis

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Alex Davis, NuLeader Apprentice Organizer

Pronoun: He/Him

Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
— James Baldwin

Alex Davis is a Nuleadership Apprentice Organizer at the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions (CNUS), an independent research, training and advocacy think tank that applies Human Justice to achieve public safety, racial equity, community investment, human development and well-being in society.  Founded and developed by academic professionals with prior experience within the criminal punishment system, the organization is the first of its kind in the country.

Alexander Davis was born and raised in Brooklyn, Crown Heights New York. Alex has gone through many systems, including the foster care of Administration of Children Service, the New York City Department of Probation and Riker’s Island of the NYC Department of Correction. Alex is a graduate of the Institute for Collaborative Education, as well as the ARCHES mentoring program which is how he first came to meet the family at the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions. Arches Alum. Alex is currently a Human Justice NuLeader-in-training.  He has dedicated his time to being a part of the Center for NuLeadership because of their investment in his human development, and their belief in his gifts, his potential and his ability to lead.

Alex came to the Center because he wanted to allow himself the freedom to pursue his own empowerment in a way that was beneficial to his community. When he made the change, he was struggling with being upset at the system. He came to understand that he could not rely on his anger to make decisions without holding himself accountable for those decisions.

Alex is passionate about the possibilities of transformation of human beings. He is passionate about changing the system from one of punishment, to one of healing and solutions. He believes there is a space for people who have been incarcerated and affected by the disinvestments in their neighborhoods, to build together and create communities of accountability that work to keep peace instead of punishment.

Alex’s many strengths include an insatiable love of positivity, an attitude that promotes the future and helps others find their potential, and an ability to help connect people with a more powerful vision of world and their own possibilities. Alex brings a wealth of knowledge in youth development and organizing to the center. He is also a remarkable and promising artists, and you can hear his music here: The Oppressor, by Alexander Davis.

Rakim Covington

Rakim Covington

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Rakim Covington, NuLeader Apprentice Organizer

Pronoun: He/Him

As I look back over my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.
— Rakim Covington

Rakim Covington is a Human Justice Youth Fellow with the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, an independent research, training and advocacy think tank that applies Human Justice to achieve public safety, racial equity, community investment, human development and well-being in society. Founded and developed by academic professionals with prior experience within the criminal punishment system, the organization is the first of its kind in the country.

Rakim Covington was born and raised in Brooklyn NY by the NY foster care and group home systems. He is an expert on what youth go through in the system and the effects of system involvement on young black and brown people in New York. Rakim’s system involvement has allowed him to mentor youth as a messenger with experience. Rakim went from the system, to foster care, to a group home, he was then released to his mother’s custody and faced a state bid a few years later. The system creates a void in your life. The love he looked for in his family was filled by what he found in the streets.

After Rakim did 5 years in prison, he came to CNUS and spoke with CNUS staff. Rakim continued to come back to CNUS feeling like he had heard it all before but he really got into the work of the Center and devoted himself to contributing to the vision of CNUS.

Rakim remains at the Center because he understands the vision and feels like it is an extended family that he will always be part of. He continues to go above and beyond, coming even when he does not have to, to improve the work of the Center and contribute his specific expertise particularly around youth involved work.

Rakim is passionate about fatherhood, he is the father of a 6 year old girl. He is passionate about meeting young kids he used to run the same streets as, and offering his experience and exposing them to where they will end up if they don’t pursue their own positive potential.

Rakim can do it all. He takes pride in being able to maneuver any kind of situation or assignment with an emphasis on timeliness and getting the job done right. He consults around programmatic issues involving violence prevention and youth empowerment work. Rakim also offers assistance with youth involved in Next Steps Programming.