Izabella Tapia

Compassion Ambassador

Brief info

High Senior at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California

Hobbies: Softball, Listening to Music, Spending time with family and friends

Intended Major for College: Business (Entrepreneurship)

Why interested in ACEs and CPP?: For my AP Research project, I was asked to take a deep dive into a topic of inquiry I wanted to better explore. I was able to find great interest in juvenile delinquency and through my research, I developed a strong opinion which is that I personally believe that people are not born good or bad. I think we are all born with a clean slate and that our environmental factors paves the way for our behavior. Because of this, I strongly believe that most men and women who are incarcerated are our criminal justice system for a bigger reason than just committing a crime and that’s where I found ACEs and it’s lineage to juvenile delinquency and adult crime. While scrolling on Instagram, I stumbled upon the Compassion Prison Project and became inspired by the work this organization has done. I especially admire how this company not only identifies an issue that a lot of people do not take into account when trying to understand why people commit crimes, but the fact that it also works to rehabilitate criminals from trauma and transform they way we see these people.

Plans w/ CPP: Supplement Research, inform peers about ACEs and its prevalence in our world

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Fritzi Horstman

Founder and Executive Director


Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of Compassion Prison Project. She is a Grammy-award winning producer for her work on “The Defiant Ones”, has been a producer and post-producer on dozens of television projects and documentaries and has directed several films. She believes it is urgent to bring humanity and compassion to those living behind bars and these acts will help transform our society. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College.

Izabella Tapia