I began my journey in the nonprofit sector as a Boys & Girl Club member when I was 5 years old. I was named the 2003 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley - Tempe Ladmo Branch. I gained a part-time position within the clubs as I was attending Arizona State University. I was able to work my way up to the Youth Development Director position after obtaining my degree in 2007.
My time at the club was focused on making a difference. I mentored and guided my youth in the Youth of the Year Program, where I helped a few teens obtain titles and scholarship money for their education. Precious Wilson was the 2009 State Youth of the Year recipient and Mona Dixon was the 2010 National Youth of the Year Winner. This is how I know Mona! Helping these youth reach their scholarship goals helped me realize that I was brought onto this earth to make a difference.
I left the clubs in 2011 and moved on to Aid to Adoption of Special Kids. In that role, I helped kids who had troubled home lives and whose parents were either incarcerated or were in trouble with CPS. Ironically, some of these kids happened to be the very same Club kids who I have worked with before. And now, I was helping their families obtain their foster care licenses in order to care for them.
And then I went to prison! WELL....not in a bad way :)
After I gained my master's degree from Boston University, I gained a position within the Department of Corrections in 2012 and I am currently a Parole Officer. I realized that I have now touched a whole life cycle. I worked with the children attending the clubs, I worked with the foster parents who were parenting the children, and now I work with the incarcerated parents. No matter where I am in my life, I am making a difference in the lives of others. I am the co-founder of this great organization because I have a passion to make a difference and be an inspiration to all.
Up until 13 years old, my family and I were in a constant state of change, living on the streets on cardboard boxes and moving from one homeless shelter to another. I believe in turning setbacks in life into motivators to succeed and I use my story to inspire others. My whole goal in life is to change the world in a positive way.
In May 2010, I graduated third in my class at Tempe High School. In 2014, I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management, from Arizona State University’ s Barrett Honors College and W.P. Carey School of Business. I recently completed my graduate degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in advocacy. I am now working on my doctoral degree in organizational leadership.
Outside of school, I was named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) 64th National Youth of the Year. During my year and beyond I have met with President Obama in the Oval Office, have been a part of events with Denzel Washington, and have been recognized by LeBron James. I have also been in commercials, magazines, and the news. On July 14, 2015, I was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Board of the Directors for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Along my journey, one thing has remained consistent. Non-profits have always been a support system for my family and I. Non-profits are created to make a difference in the world and many of them have to fundraise money to thrive. I may not be able to give personally to each and every cause, but I can make fundraising easier so that each and every nonprofit can fulfill their missions and serve their clients to the best of their ability!
Since 2015 I have been working in special events roles for Boys & Girls Clubs, but I have volunteered for events for 3 years prior to that while serving on nonprofit boards. One thing I noticed was that it was hard for us to get new and unique donation items to be used for our auctions and raffles. We also struggled to get experiences from out of state, which would sell the highest at our events. We would send out a whole bunch of donation letters and get a whole bunch of rejection letters in return. We would call other nonprofits to trade and we would receive the runaround or get voicemails with no return phone calls. And if we needed a little more help, we would use consignment companies that charged us an arm and a leg! I thought, “There has got to be a better way to do this! If I could just open up an app on my phone and look through items from other nonprofits and trade with them, it would be a lot easier.”
Well, Charity Auction Trades is the solution! Nonprofits can now connect with each other nationwide and create packages that will maximize event revenue! A New York package might not sell for much in New York, but it would raise a lot more for an Arizona nonprofit in an auction or raffle, and vice versa!
Instead of nonprofits always competing with each other to get donations, now we can work together! Together Everyone Achieves More (T.E.A.M.)
Let’s change the world one trade at a time!
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First, I'd like to say that I am blessed to be Mona's little brother and being able to follow in her footsteps! I too, want to make the world a better and more exciting place! As a co-founder, I help Mona and David more behind the scenes. They have the passion and the advocacy skills, and I am more tech savvy!
I also attend Arizona State University and I am studying Tourism Development and Management. I will be going into Resort & Hotel Leadership and one day I will be donating stays at my sites to Charity Auction Trades!
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