I am writing this brief letter to my family, friends, and co-workers to share with you my heart to help reach the youth. I believe God is calling me to go full time as a missionary into the public schools. This means leaving my job and devoting all my time and energy to mentoring and helping at-risk youth. I've been praying and seeking counsel and so far have some support to move forward, but still have a long way to go before I can take this leap of faith.
Coming from a fatherless home, there was pain I held on to through my teen
years that ultimately affected my life in a negative way. As a result I ended
up spending time in juvenile facilities. As a troubled youth trying to find
myself I ended up incarcerated 4 years between the age of 15-21. Looking
back at my youth years, I Remember seeking guidance and positive
affirmation, but never was able to get it on a continuous basis. Without it I
wasn't able to open up and be transparent with my surroundings because
I wasn't sure they would understand what I was feeling deep inside.
My goal is to speak in schools, mentor at-risk teen boys and teach anger management. I hope to help build our teenagers identity and confidence to set them up for success. My prayer is that I will be able to help them before they make a negative decision that would be detrimental to their lives.
I believe our youth need us now more than ever. Will you partner up with me, and pray about supporting this work? You can support by being a one-time or monthly giver.
This is a vision to reach the youth in the inner cities of Los Angeles County, starting with the city of Pomona. For the last 8 years I’ve had the opportunity to give back by speaking in Juvenile Halls, Youth County Camps, group homes and churches.
If you have any questions, feel free to call or text me at (909) 677-9842
or to talk to someone from JoyCo Youth Leadership Program
(909) 452-2296. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.