Turn90 Founder and Executive Director Amy Barch is one of 20 South Carolina leaders to be selected for Liberty Fellowship’s Class of 2023. Following the successful completion of five, multi-day seminars in the U.S. and abroad and an individual leadership project, Barch will join the community of more than 300 Liberty Fellows working collectively across South Carolina.
“Each leader in our new class has demonstrated the courage and ability to confront the big, systemic issues affecting the people in South Carolina now and into the future.” said Ann Marie Stieritz, president and CEO of Liberty Fellowship and a Fellow from the Class of 2016. “By accepting our invitation to become a Liberty Fellow, Amy is challenging herself to dig even deeper and answer the question ‘How do I lead well and live justly in a good society?’”
Amy Barch founded Turn90 (formerly Turning Leaf) in 2014. Originally, she was supposed to be a lawyer. But when an internship during her junior year at the University of Washington landed her a tutoring position at the local jail, everything changed. She dedicated her life to leveling the playing field for formerly incarcerated men. She launched a nonprofit and has helped it grow to serve hundreds of men returning from prison to the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Liberty Fellowship’s rigorous selection process takes place every two years. Each new Fellow was nominated, interviewed twice, and ultimately selected from a pool of more than 400 nominations.
“We are very intentional in selecting leaders with different perspectives, experiences and professional affiliations to facilitate challenging and meaningful values exploration and dialogue. We have found this to be the key to creating trust and lifelong bonds among leaders uniquely positioned to confront the status quo,” said Stieritz.
In addition to joining the Liberty Fellowship community, Barch will also become a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a worldwide community of more than 3,000 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sector in more than 50 countries.
About Liberty Fellowship
Liberty Fellowship is the only state-based Fellowship program of its kind in the United States. The Fellowship activates individual leaders through a deeper understanding of a just, free and equitable society; serves as a convener for bringing together diverse perspectives to advance civil discourse; and provides infrastructure for taking action. There are more than 300 Liberty Fellows working collectively across South Carolina. See stories of their impact at libertyfellowshipsc.org/impact.
Turn90 is a non-profit organization in Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina that equips men with the skills and opportunities to succeed after prison. The program is pioneering in its approach. A giant step away from the traditional charity-based reentry model of providing basic needs services, Turn90 focuses on equipping people with critical social, emotional, and workforce development skills and access to living wage employment. It creates a path to success after prison where one doesn’t currently exist.