Candace Putter spent her career working tirelessly for vulnerable young people. As a Stoneleigh Fellow from 2008-2011, Candace established the Pennsylvania Academic and Career Technical Training Alliance (PACTT), a coalition of juvenile justice facilities voluntarily committed to improving education and training services for the youth in their care. PACTT currently operates within Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services and has more than fifty affiliates across the state.
Previously, Candace was the Cross-System Reintegration Coordinator for the Philadelphia Departments of Human Services and Probation, where she focused on improving aftercare and strengthening the academic and technical education standards in residential placement facilities. In this role, she drew upon her many years at St. Gabriel’s Hall, a residential placement facility for adjudicated young men. Earlier in her career, Candace worked as a paralegal at Community Legal Services and as a machine operator and piece worker in a small factory in Philadelphia. She earned a BA in French and English literature from Swarthmore College and an MSS from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Candace passed away on September 11, 2016. She will be remembered as an advocate dedicated to improving the world around her and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.