Gerard Arcement is a recruiter for the California Justice Leaders – Americorps project, which provides employment and leadership opportunities to young people with prior involvement in the state’s justice system. In this role, he also works to increase awareness of California’s Honorable Discharge petition process.
Gerard brings extensive leadership to Impact Justice with more than 10 years of experience as a basketball coach in the high school and collegiate settings. He focused on player development, scouting, recruitment, and academic support for Notre Dame de Namur University and the College of Alameda, both in the Bay Area, as well as the Rockfish Amateur Athletic Union in Los Angeles. Prior to coaching, Gerard enhanced his understanding of multicultural diversity and inclusion while playing basketball professionally in Taiwan, Brazil, and Finland.
In addition, Gerard worked as a community outreach representative within the Clark County School District in Nevada. He was responsible for identifying education candidates and providing resources and support to low-income, minority, and first-generation students to ensure their academic success.
Gerard is excited to serve as a re-entry resource to people who’ve been impacted by the juvenile justice system. As a man of color, he has his own story of overcoming obstacles and adversity, and he uses his life experiences to connect with others facing challenges. He is a native of Northern California and earned his BA in sociology and human rehabilitative services from the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently pursuing an MA in sports coaching.