Crystal Aryitey is an educator, curriculum developer, researcher, and youth advocate. She is a Doctoral Candidate pursuing a Ph.D in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law at Alabama State University. Her area of study is juvenile reentry. As a first-generation college student; Crystal works to amplify opportunities for all youth through literacy and educational equity. In an effort to increase political, social, and self- awareness, she founded Destiny Driven Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2018 and uses public speaking and debate to empower young people to communicate effectively, think critically, and resolve conflicts. Crystal also serves as the chair of the Reentry Action Committee of the national organization, Opportunity Youth United.