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Christopher Rudd

Veteran Community Organizer - Youth Experience Designer
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Chris Rudd is a youth worker with a passion for social justice. He’s worked the past several years with gang-involved youth on the south and west sides of his native Chicago, challenging them to engage with their communities through activism and technology. As the director of the Juvenile Justice Council (JJC) at Mikva Challenge, Chris worked with 25 diverse young leaders from Cook County to research and develop recommendations to reform the county juvenile justice system. In the summer of 2013, they found that though 25,000 youth are arrested in Cook County each year, only 70 had applied for and were granted record expungement. A juvenile record can become a long-term barrier to education and employment, but Chris’s students had an idea. They developed an app called, which connects youth with pro bono lawyers to complete the expungement process.

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