History

Our organization started in 2012 by a group of Saint Paul Public Schools educators, led by Dr. Darlene Fry, who saw the large racial disparities of on-time graduation rates between African American, American Indian, and Hispanic students to their Caucasian and Asian counterparts. In looking deeper into this "off-track"-titled population, nearly 90% of them had been in out-of-home placement during their school career. (Out-of-home placement covers foster care, homelessness, juvenile detention, and chemical rehabilitation).

In conducting listening sessions with youth from these populations we learned that many began their out-of-home placements in foster care. For many, this created an unfortunate pathway into juvenile detention, chemical rehabilitation or being homeless.

As a foster-to-adopt parent, Dr. Fry knew the barriers facing this group of young people. Affecting positive change with these students would extend far beyond her grasp within the school district. In 2013 she left Saint Paul Schools to devote her full attention to IGF. Since 2012 we have worked consistently with youth who were in chronic need of support and others who came to work with our Fostering Voice performances and workshops.

Our young people are now poised and eager to take on leadership roles. They want to develop more outlets to help young people who are experiencing similar life struggles. In their own words, "We want to be the help we never got."

 

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Irreducible Grace Foundation is committed to empowering youth of color, especially those from foster care systems in foster community, voice and begin the journey of healing from trauma.

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OUR BOARD

 
 

Board Member

Angeline Harris

From working at the prestigious Lee, Wooden & Ziegler LLP to opening her own practice in 2001, Angeline has represented Arts & Entertainment clients large and small for nearly 20 years. She made headlines in 2010 when she secured the “Kingston Woman” rights to songwriter Helen Jones and continues to provide the same dedication to all her clients. Practicing since the first internet boom, Angeline has hands-on experience with how technology affects the creative industry. Staying ahead of the law’s frequent changes is Angeline’s sixth sense.

 

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• IP Law for Creatives Association, Member-at-Large
• Civil Rights Conservation, Secretary

Bar Admissions

• New York, Tennessee, California

 
 

 
 
 

Board member

Spencer Ingram

Spencer focuses on the various facets of law that revolve around digital media and technology, whether that’s securing patents and trademarks for wearable tech or negotiating distribution agreements for the now prolific AZL App. Prior to co-founding Harris Ingram, he managed the tech startup accounts for Lee, Wooden & Ziegler LLP. Spencer has represented and advised entrepreneurs on best legal practices for their business for over 15 years.

 

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• Constitutional Conservation, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, Illinois, California

 
 

 
 
 

board member

Isabel Sonam

Isabel got her start working under Hugo Walters, Esq., director of the ABC Fashion Institute. She specializes in all things related to fashion law, whether that’s securing a trademark for a logo design or helping clients work through federal textile laws. Before joining Harris Ingram, she was an associate at fine arts practice Veronica Chin, PLLC. Isabel also represents fine artists, galleries, appraisers, and more on art litigation matters.

 

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, California