To make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who have been impacted by the Criminal Justice System.
At Keep6ix our mission is Three-fold:
Providing holistic and integrated capacity-building programs for justice system involved youth.
Preventing first time young offenders from going down a disempowering path by providing one-on-one mentoring, career counseling and employment skills training.
Promoting healthy self-esteem by providing counseling for youths with core life skills such as communication, interpersonal and leadership skills to make healthy life decisions.
To repair every breach within the individual and bring restoration to communities across the GTA.
The impetus for Keep6ix is to change the narratives for underserved and marginalized communities. Keep6ix is a not for profit organization with a mission to provide the highest standard of mentorship, workshops and capacity building sessions to youth, families, and criminalized residents. Our service offerings are for the community at large, regardless of religion, ethnic background, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or race. Our goal is to teach and counsel individuals on how they can break the pervasive cycle of violence, addiction, and self-destructive behaviour and become productive members of our community. We have worked in partnership with key stakeholders, grassroots community orgs, faith communities, neighbourhood based non-profits, local SME’s, and community centres. We focus on engaging and supporting some of the most volatile cohorts of youth, and those who suffer from mental wellbeing challenges, addictions, and recidivism.
Meet Our Team
Richard Miller is the Founder of Keep6ix and a driven community leader, dedicated to assisting underserved youth. After experiencing and witnessing misrepresentation, racism, corruption, and injustices experienced by black youth and minorities, Richard decided to establish Keep6ix. It is his passion to bring healing to individuals who have been through traumatic experiences, by ensuring resources and programming are available to prevent incarceration. Richard is an experienced and savvy entrepreneur, who believes in training and developing the next generation of young professionals. He believes that with a second chance, and the right opportunities present, our young people can thrive and become successful.
Jamaican born, Nikki Clarke, holds a Diploma in Social Sciences from John Abbott College and at, McGill University, studied Film and Communications. Nikki was an instructor at Sheridan College, in the Faculty of Early Childhood Education, the School of Business, and Community Development from 1999 to 2009. Nikki was elected the President of the Ontario Black History Society November 9, 2015. Nikki’s third book, Transforming Lives, One Story at a Time: Powerful Stories of Success and Inspiration, an anthology of empowering reflections was published September 22, 2017. Nikki is the founder, producer and host of the Nikki Clarke Show. Nikki was the NDP MPP Candidate for Mississauga-Malton. Nikki serves on the The Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking in Peel. Nikki is an ordained lay pastor and the Pastor to Children, Youth and Families at St Cuthbert’s Leaside Anglican Church. Nikki serves as a director for the Ontario Black History Society as well as the United Achievers Community Services.
Jordana H. Goldlist
Natacha P. Pennycooke, MSc., RP
Natacha P. Pennycooke is a passionate Psychotherapist registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario.
Natacha has experience in community, clinical and forensic settings, providing psychotherapy to a culturally diverse clientele of youth and adults since 2010. She has provided psychotherapy to those struggling with anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, depression, grief, anger management, emotional crisis, interpersonal issues, substance abuse, addiction, adjustment difficulties and personality disorders.
Natacha’s clinical approach is based on person-centered, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural techniques, motivational interviewing, positive psychology and mindfulness skills. Natacha takes pride in demonstrating a high standard of cultural awareness and inclusive counselling, all within a healing focused, anti-oppressive and trauma aware framework.
Natacha received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), where she specialized in Cultural Psychology and minored in Biology. She received her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at The University of the West Indies – CaveHill campus (Barbados); and completed her clinical practicum internship at the Department of Community Health & Psychiatry of The University Hospital of the West Indies (Kingston, Jamaica). Where she was part of a multidisciplinary team assigned to provide patients with holistic care. She completed her master degree researching fatherly affirmation and its impact on self-esteem and fear of intimacy of Caribbean-Canadian Women.