Hoops 4 Justice’s (H4J) mission is to help incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and underserved youth of color imagine and achieve positive and productive futures.
Hoops 4 Justice is a non-profit organization that provides life skills training to incarcerated youth through sports and a credible messenger model. The organization was founded by Rosalino Pavia, Ronnie Villeda, Ilana Parach, and Sho Wantanabe, who are dedicated to empowering and uplifting young people impacted by the criminal justice system.
Goals: To reduce recidivism rates among our participants
Impact: To expand our program to reach more young people
Future: To advocate for juvenile justice reform
Phase One: In Facility Program for Incarcerated Youth
Phase Two: Re-Entry Program
Incarcerated youth participate in our high engagement program, delivered in two-hour sessions four days per week. During each session, youth participate in one hour of basketball and one hour of life skills development and guided conversation. Research shows that engaging in basketball significantly increases cognitive brain functions, which can heighten alertness, attention, and motivation. It also fosters openness, communication, team building, and positive engagement with peers and mentors.