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Joe Kwon

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: NSW

Position: Founder, Convict Fitness and Confit Pathways

Focus Area

Positive social change

Joe Kwon

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: NSW

Position: Founder, Convict Fitness and Confit Pathways

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

I grew up in a community full of violence, substance abuse and negativity and I thought that a life of crime was normal. At the age of 21 I was sentenced to 13 years in prison for directing a criminal enterprise. During my incarceration, I was fortunate enough to meet my first ever positive mentor who taught me the value of education, business and most importantly about self-worth.

 

Today instead of directing a criminal enterprise I'm the Founder and CEO of a social enterprise (Convict Fitness) and a Not For Profit (Confit Pathways). Our mission is to help reduce recidivism rates in Australia and create opportunities by breaking down preconceived notions of criminal stereotypes.

 

We mentor individuals from Youth Justice Centres to Correctional Centres through fitness and lived experience and provide them with pathways to employment, education and community support.

 

Keeping fit is a way of life for me and my motto is 'Train to be free'. I spent my former years taking away from so many peoples lives but now I intend to spend the rest of my life giving back and adding value to those who who need it most.

Skills & Expertise

  • Having a resilient mindset
  • Youth mentoring through lived experience
  • How to stay positive even in the darkest times
  • Prison fitness and team fitness training
  • Thinking big and forging collaborations and partnerships to deliver on strategies

"When I was in prison, the common denominator for why everyone was in there was the lack of education and I was a part of that statistic, I left school after year 10. I started my education journey from my prison cell with the belief that education would open doors to change my life. " 


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