David Bendezu*(Now residing at Fishkill Correctional Facility)

David Bendezu was born on January 25th, 1987. Since his incarceration, he has earned a G.E.D and a college degree in Liberal Arts. He once worked as a teacher’s aid helping incarcerated men earn their G.E.Ds. While in Auburn, David volunteered in A.V.P. (Alternative to Violence Program) from time to time, working with men with violent histories. He also volunteered in Y.A.P (Youth Assistance Program). In that program, he taught young troubled adults not to make the same mistakes and choices that led him to prison by relating to them his personal experiences. And last but not least, he is a founding member of PPTG (Phoenix Players Theatre Group). He believes that PPTG is not a program because PPTG is not programmatic in any sense. In other words, PPTG has no hierarchy, as there would be in a ‘program’. And because of this, everyone benefits from the experience of participating in PPTG. PPTG is a place where one chooses to grow as a human being rather than being rehabilitated as a human being. He will continue to achieve his number one goal: a second chance at life.