Angel Reyes DeJesus has experience in both entrepreneurship and the traditional workforce. His most recent employment positions have been in industrial cleaning, solar panel installation, hauling, and trucking, and he has served as a librarian. He is also a dedicated volunteer and mentor, giving many hours to promote the growth and development of other men. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Angel designed and developed a comprehensive program – Creating a Safer Environment (CASE) – for men who are incarcerated in Virginia and struggling with mental health issues, based on peer mentoring and informal counseling. He is a skilled networker and connector of people, and is working with policy makers and reentry pioneers to make this program widely available.
Angel has a strong worth ethic and is a dedicated team player. He is highly motivated and regularly seeks out opportunities to better his life and strengthen his mind. Angel is a zealous and eager student, who consistently demonstrates a love of learning across diverse disciplines, and in both academia and the workplace. His dream is to own a trucking and hauling company.
- Interpreter: Bilingual and fully literate in both English and Spanish
- Program Development: program development and implementation; to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and community members;
- Earned Trade Training: custodial maintenance, graphic arts, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and computer literacy;
- Facilitator: groups and workshops;
- Peer Mentoring: adult men in the carceral system.
- Entrepreneurship: Created a business for small truck hauling;
- Industrial cleaning and hauling: bonafide work experience with references;
- Program development for incarcerated men;
- Testified before state legislators;
- Public speaking before large groups in diverse venues;
Angel grew up in Puerto Rico and New York City, raised primarily by his beloved grandmother. He was arrested as a child at age 17 and served 27 years in prison before he received a pardon from Governor Northrup in January 2022. Angel has been a longtime advocate and a pioneer in the fight to win release for juveniles serving life in prison in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Angel enjoys exercising, fishing, and being in wide open spaces. He loves to drive and see new places. Angel feels called to give back to the men who are still serving time in prison, by creating meaningful and impactful programming options, such as those that helped in his own personal growth. He says, “I want to be a part of something that makes me feel like I matter. I want children to feel appreciated and like they matter… that’s the message I hope to promote.”