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David Inocencio

The Beat Within
Founder and Director
San Francisco, California
David Inocencio graduated from the social work program at San Francisco State University, he worked in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office Juvenile Division. David later helped launch the Detention Diversion Advocacy Project, a nationally recognized program of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. In 1995, as the education director of Youth Outlook Magazine, a publication produced by Pacific News Service, he continued to work with detained youth and encouraged them to share their stories. David’s commitment to these young people led to him to develop an entire program to expand on the workshops in San Francisco and promote an ongoing dialogue with the community, through the national award winning program, The Beat Within www.thebeatwithin.org, which was founded in 1996.  The Beat Within published its first magazine following the murder of rapper, Tupac Shakur. From that point in 1996, The Beat Within has been conducting weekly workshops and printing a weekly publication. Today, the program is not only in San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center (the mother-ship), but in 12 juvenile halls in California, and the work has been replicated in Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, St. Louis, New Mexico, Texas, Hawaii, Oregon, Florida and Washington DC. David received the 1999 Society of Professional Journalism Award for Distinguished Service. The Pass Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency in 2004; Jefferson Award, a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public volunteerism in America.  In 2005 David was recipient of the Jefferson Award, a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public volunteerism in America. In 2011 David was honored by the Society of Professional Journalism with a newly created award for an individual in the community that was “Giving Voice To The Voiceless.” Most recently in 2016, David was one of thirty people honored in the United States by Equal Voice News with the 2016 Cesar Chavez Day Hero Award. In honor of Cesar Chavez’s civil rights contribution, David was recognized for bettering his community through the work of The Beat Within.