ABOUT US

To make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who have been impacted by the Criminal Justice System.

Our Mission

At Keep6ix our mission is Three-fold:
Providing holistic and integrated capacity-building programs for justice system involved youth.
Preventing first time young offenders from going down a disempowering path by providing one-on-one mentoring, career counseling and employment skills training.
Promoting healthy self-esteem by providing counseling for youths with core life skills such as communication, interpersonal and leadership skills to make healthy life decisions.

Our Vision

To repair every breach within the individual and bring restoration to communities across the GTA.

Meet Our Team

Richard Miller

Founder

Richard Miller is the Founder of Keep6ix and a driven community leader, dedicated to assisting underserved youth. After experiencing and witnessing misrepresentation, racism, corruption, and injustices experienced by black youth and minorities, Richard decided to establish Keep6ix. It is his passion to bring healing to individuals who have been through traumatic experiences, by ensuring resources and programming are available to prevent incarceration. Richard is an experienced and savvy entrepreneur, who believes in training and developing the next generation of young professionals. He believes that with a second chance, and the right opportunities present, our young people can thrive and become successful.

Richard Stephenson

Executive Director

Richard Stephenson currently works for the Construction section of the Toronto Transit Commissions Engineering Construction and Expansion Department.  His work focuses on Construction Management.

Richard is involved with a variety of infrastructure projects throughout the City of Toronto. He has a background in various aspects of construction gained through his time in the private sector doing design and inspection and his current time with the TTC doing inspection and construction management.

Richard’s dream has always been to build his City and for the past several years has been able to achieve and thrive within that dream. During this time, however, he has observed the lack of diversity within construction specifically trades-persons.

Richard’s ultimate goal is to facilitate the inclusion of more minority groups within trades and construction as a means for social and financial empowerment.

Nikki Clarke

Jamaican born, Nikki Clarke, holds a Diploma in Social Sciences from John Abbott College and at, McGill University, studied Film and Communications. Nikki was an instructor at Sheridan College, in the Faculty of Early Childhood Education, the School of Business, and Community Development from 1999 to 2009. Nikki was elected the President of the Ontario Black History Society November 9, 2015. Nikki’s third book, Transforming Lives, One Story at a Time: Powerful Stories of Success and Inspiration, an anthology of empowering reflections was published September 22, 2017. Nikki is the founder, producer and host of the Nikki Clarke Show. Nikki was the NDP MPP Candidate for Mississauga-Malton. Nikki serves on the The Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking in Peel. Nikki is an ordained lay pastor and the Pastor to Children, Youth and Families at St Cuthbert’s Leaside Anglican Church. Nikki serves as a director for the Ontario Black History Society as well as the United Achievers Community Services.

Jordana H. Goldlist

Jordana H. Goldlist is a criminal defence lawyer, business owner, public speaker, and youth mentor.  A former homeless, high school dropout, Jordana aims to teach youth how to use their struggles to their advantage by recognizing transferable skills.  
She also aims to show the ways in which the justice system is a trap, designed to keep people stuck. Jordana uses her own journey from street kid to criminal lawyer to explain her views on the system in her TEDx talk, “Who Judges The Judge?” (available on YouTube). 

Natacha P. Pennycooke, MSc., RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Natacha P. Pennycooke is a passionate Psychotherapist registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario.

Natacha has experience in community, clinical and forensic settings, providing psychotherapy to a culturally diverse clientele of youth and adults since 2010. She has provided psychotherapy to those struggling with anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, depression, grief, anger management, emotional crisis, interpersonal issues, substance abuse, addiction, adjustment difficulties and personality disorders.

Natacha’s clinical approach is based on person-centered, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural techniques, motivational interviewing, positive psychology and mindfulness skills. Natacha takes pride in demonstrating a high standard of cultural awareness and inclusive counselling, all within a healing focused, anti-oppressive and trauma aware framework.

Natacha received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), where she specialized in Cultural Psychology and minored in Biology. She received her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at The University of the West Indies – CaveHill campus (Barbados); and completed her clinical practicum internship at the Department of Community Health & Psychiatry of The University Hospital of the West Indies (Kingston, Jamaica). Where she was part of a multidisciplinary team assigned to provide patients with holistic care. She completed her master degree researching fatherly affirmation and its impact on self-esteem and fear of intimacy of Caribbean-Canadian Women.

Natalie M. Leon

Natalie is the managing partner at a boutique civil litigation firm in Toronto and has been practising law since 1996. She defends various professionals and organizations including not-for-profit entitis and regularly presents seminars on risk management topics for her clients and insurance industry.

While at law school, Natalie spent a semester at Parkdale Community Legal Services Clinic where her passion for community involvement was sparked. Natalie is a mother of 4 and became interested in restorative justice when one of her children faced challenging issues as a teenager. Starting in 2010, she underwent training and eventually became a Leader Keeper with Peacebuilders, a program that assists youth in the justice system to address issues and make amends, and has facilitated dozens of Circles with youth over the years. Natalie is committed to ensuring that individuals in vulnerable sectors have a voice, are informed, and have access to justice. She is inspried by the vision and mission of the Keep6ix organization.

Dr. Rai Reece

Dr. Rai Reece is a Professor in the Community Justice Services program in the Faculty of Social and Community Services at Humber College. In July 2020, she will begin a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. Since 2005 she has been involved with anti-prison work with prisoners and ex-prisoners. In 2007 she conducted one of the first research projects in Canada to exclusively examine the intersections of race, incarceration, and the meaning of Canadian citizenship as it pertained to federally sentenced Black women in Canada. In 2018 she received Humber College’s Research Excellence Award for her research project titled “One Seed at a Time: Evaluating the Impact of the Horticulture Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program on the Lives of Incarcerated Women.” In addition to this research project, Dr. Reece was one of the co-investigator’s along with Professors Dr. Soheila Pashang and Tonia Richard MSW, in a research project titled “Pedagogy and Practice: Teaching Diversity in Classrooms”. Rai has published in the areas of ‘Race’ and Racism, Feminism, and Criminological studies and her most recent co-publication in the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice examines Harm Reduction practices in Federal Prisons. Dr. Reece holds a PhD in Women’s Studies from York University and teaches in the areas of Canadian Criminal Justice, Anti-Black Racism, Scholar-Activism, and Punishment and Penology. In 2020 Dr. Reece was honoured as one of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women.

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