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David Inocencio

program founder and director
David Inocencio graduated from the social work program at San
Francisco State University, he worked in the San Francisco Public
Defender’s Office Juvenile Division. David later helped launch the
Detention Diversion Advocacy Project, a nationally recognized program
of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. In 1995, as the education director of Youth Outlook Magazine, a publication produced by Pacific News Service, he continued
to work with detained youth and encouraged them to share their
stories. David’s commitment to these young people led to him to
develop an entire program to expand on the workshops in San Francisco
and promote an ongoing dialogue with the community, through the
national award winning program, The Beat Within www.thebeatwithin.org,
which was founded in 1996. The Beat Within published its first magazine following the murder of rapper, Tupac Shakur. From that point in 1996, The Beat Within has
been conducting weekly workshops and printing a weekly publication. Today,
the program is not only in San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center (the
mother-ship), but in 12 juvenile halls in California, and the work has
been replicated in Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, St. Louis, New Mexico,
Texas, Hawaii, Oregon, Florida, New Orleans, Montana and Washington
DC. David received the 1999 Society of Professional Journalism Award
for Distinguished Service. The Pass Award from the National Council on
Crime and Delinquency in 2004; Jefferson Award, a prestigious national
recognition system honoring community and public volunteerism in
America. In 2005 David was recipient of the Jefferson Award, a prestigious
national recognition system honoring community and public volunteerism
in America. In 2011 David was honored by the Society of Professional
Journalism with a newly created award for an individual in the
community that was “Giving Voice To The Voiceless.” Most recently in
2016, David was one of thirty people honored in the United States by
Equal Voice News with the 2016 Cesar Chavez Day Hero Award. In honor
of Cesar Chavez’s civil rights contribution, David was recognized for
bettering his community through the work of The Beat Within.