Mary Ingram | TEDxGainesville

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XZZKqpRhNE
Mary shares how teens in the justice system embraced accountability and fostered youth leadership. Mary Ingram’s mission is to empower youth to make a difference in their community & their world. As a former juvenile diversion officer, some of her greatest teachers were the young people she served. With her guidance, these teens took the lead and created the Merrick County Youth Council. Since 2002, this group has actively served their community. In 2004, her team of young leaders were invited to address the first Nebraska juvenile justice conference. She partnered with an inmate who was serving 25 years to life in a Nebraska correctional facility to illustrate her first book, The Fallen, to share a message of redemption. Since its publication in 2012, the book has been shared with prisons all across the US and around the world. Her message continues to resonate with a growing audience. She has traveled across Nebraska meeting with law enforcement and leadership groups to share her knowledge about the power of community service. Mary’s mission is to empower youth to make a difference in their community & their world. As a former juvenile diversion officer, some of her greatest teachers were the young people she served. With her guidance, these teens took the lead and created the Merrick County Youth Council. Since 2002, this group has actively served their community. In 2004, her team of young leaders were invited to address the first Nebraska juvenile justice conference. She partnered with an inmate who was serving 25 years to life in a Nebraska correctional facility to illustrate her first book, The Fallen, to share a message of redemption. Since its publication in 2012, the book has been shared with prisons all across the US and around the world. Her message continues to resonate with a growing audience. She has traveled across Nebraska meeting with law enforcement and leadership groups to share her knowledge about the power of community service. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx