My story begins back in college at North Carolina A&T State University. That is where I fell in love with working with children. I joined a male mentoring club and we took on a number of community service projects involving the city’s youth. No matter what type of project we were doing, I always recognized a common theme – children need positive role models in their life outside of their parents. They need people to look up to that aren’t just on the Big Screen. Meeting all those kids inspired me to become a strong role model. To this day I still keep in contact with some of the children and administrators I have met over the years. I take great pride in knowing that I was a part of their journey to become young adults.
In Fall 2017, I graduated from NCAT and moved to Northern Virginia, where I was introduced to a youth Flag Football program focused on inclusion and fun. I played baseball growing up so being a flag football coach was going to be a very new challenge for me. They gave me 3 teams ranging from 2nd-7th grade. At the end of my first season, I managed to coach my oldest team to the Championship. We lost in overtime, but the feeling of success washed over me. I couldn’t believe I walked into a completely foreign sport and gathered enough coaching knowledge to enable those kids to make it to the championship round. My willingness to take on new challenges combined with my passion for being a mentor were all the tools I needed to get them to the chip. I love that organization and I would be still working there today if I never met Justin.
Justin is the Founder of JST and has built up an incredible reputation in the DMV area over the past few years. I was referred to his program in the fall of 2019. Meeting Justin told me everything I needed to know about the organization. He was professional, respectful, and his passion for mentoring youth was very evident. This was definitely an environment I wanted to be in. I told Justin about my Football leap of faith, and he was so inspired he decided to take a leap of faith of his own. He was looking for a Baseball/Tee Ball Director, and he saw fit to give me that honor.
JST has been a wondrous edition to my life, and I am so glad to be a part of this great organization.