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Black History Month, There are Those who Celebrate History and There are Those Who Make It

Meet Trent Griffin-Braaf, CEO & Founder Tech Valley Shuttle; GB Logistics

At the helm of Tech Valley Shuttle, the largest community-based transportation service in the nation, Trent has prioritized creating opportunities and serving as a valuable resource for others since its establishment in 2016. With the support of his team, he has evolved the business from a transportation service focused on hotels to a fully adaptable enterprise with a specific emphasis on workforce transportation.

As a formerly incarcerated person, Trent’s passion and purpose take him well beyond his work at Tech Valley Shuttle. He is deeply involved in re-entry efforts, regularly visiting the New York State Department of Corrections and Community to assist individuals returning from incarceration. In 2023, Trent launched “The Roadmap to Success,” a program designed to help formerly incarcerated individuals develop job skills, learn about business leadership, and find employment opportunities. One of our goals in 2024 is to bring an adapted version of this program to Together for Youth.

Alongside another 2023 Together for Youth’s Game Changer, Daquetta Jones, Trent played a pivotal role in establishing and executing a Youth Speaker Series aimed at guiding youth at Together for Youth’s juvenile detention center toward positive life changes. Sharing his personal journey from ex-felon to CEO, he inspires others with the steps he took to reach his current position.

While Trent’s work with Together for Youth initially focused on youth at the juvenile detention center, he expresses a heartfelt commitment to continuing to support youth across all of Together for Youth’s programs. Trent says,

“Every person I’ve connected with at [Together for Youth] is truly dedicated to serving our communities and uplifting youth and families. I’m genuinely impressed by the range of services [Together for Youth] provides, which is why I’m eager to support initiatives beyond just those at the juvenile detention center.”