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Cadeem Gibbs

CadeemCadeem Gibbs, from and based in New York City, is a dedicated activist for youth, social, racial and economic justice issues. Cadeem employs the philosophy that the voices of those most impacted by an issue should be not only incorporated into the legislative and community healing and building processes, but leading the movements towards these changes, as they are the true experts.

Cadeem has worked passionately in youth and leadership development, organizing, advocacy, facilitation, and case management for organizations, such as the Children's Defense Fund, the New York City Administration of Children’s Services, the Center for Court Innovation, and Raise The Age-NY. Cadeem has been featured in many print media like the Nation Magazine, Vice, and the Times Union, and multimedia platforms like the film by Emmy Award winning journalist Bill Moyers, RIKERS: An American Jail. Cadeem has been a guest speaker at institutions such as Duke University, Yale University, Seton Hall University School of Law, Columbia University, Spelman College, Emory University, Weslyan University, and Fordham University.

Growing up in Harlem, NY,  and being adversely impacted by an environment where violence, gang activity, drug abuse and overall poverty and poor conditions were prevalent, Cadeem has navigated poverty, child welfare, homelessness, and incarceration. Cadeem continues to build a platform and use his voice and story to inform meaningful change, engage communities, and inspire others, and serve as a mentor to many troubled youth in his neighborhood.