CA Juvenile Justice Project Director Honored by the Posse Foundation

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Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco

Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco

CA Juvenile Justice Project Director Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco was honored as a Posse Star at the Posse Foundation’s annual Gala Wednesday, May 22, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

Each year, the foundation recognizes the contributions of Posse Stars, individuals who exhibit leadership, make significant contributions to the field of education, and positively affect people’s lives.

Posse is a national nonprofit that identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. These students are placed in 10-member supportive, multicultural teams or posses. Following an intensive training program, the posses enroll at top-tier colleges and universities nationwide to pursue their academics and help promote cross-cultural communication.

As a member of the fourth Posse to enroll at Vanderbilt University, Gabrielle graduated in 1998 magna cum laude and went on to earn a master’s in communication studies from the University of Alabama. In 2003, she received a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she also graduated with honors and was awarded several fellowships including the John F. Kennedy Jr. Fellowship in Juvenile Justice.

“Expanding equity and inclusion is central to The Posse Foundation’s mission,” says Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation. “With her many accolades and awards, Gabrielle has chosen to give back to support young people whose voices often go unheard. This is directly in line with Posse’s core values, and we couldn’t be more proud.”

“I feel like my work is inherently about providing a voice for children,” Gabrielle says. “It’s about saying that the way that we measure who is and is not a deserving child, who is not worthy of education or of participating in society or in professional life is fundamentally flawed. I think that the way that Posse operates explodes those notions, and the work that I do is also an attempt to challenge those notions.”

Gabrielle’s advice to young Posse Scholars: “You have what you need already,” she says. “Part of what Posse gave me was this belief in my own ability. The overall arc and trajectory of my life has followed a course of increasing self trust. I think that anything I’ve done that has value has been because I’ve been able to tap into that.”

This year’s other Posse Star honorees were Daniel H. Weiss, the President of Lafayette College; Joe Plumeri, the non-executive chairman of Willis Group Holdings PLC; and Uniworld Group, Inc., with the star accepted by CEO Monique L. Nelson, a Vanderbilt University Posse alumna.