The Deacon Jones Foundation is committed to developing leaders...young, educated, talented, intelligent, accomplished people, who understand their commitment to the inner-city communities from which they come, and have the tools and the desire to return...to give back of their knowledge; to help those less fortunate; to help stem the cycle of inner-city strife and continuous depreciation of neighborhoods; to be positive role models for others to emulate; and to continue the process that the Deacon Jones Foundation has begun.
A most integral component of the Deacon Jones Foundation's "7 YEAR PROGRAM" is the student's participation within his or her own community. It is necessary that the students understand their communities and just what their own life-long community commitment must be. They must see it first-hand. They must understand the meaning of volunteerism and know that they can make a difference. We will empower our youth, and, through them, help rebuild what were once vital and thriving communities where people can be proud to live, where corporations can feel free to do business, and where everyone can prosper.
The Deacon Jones Foundation believes that after "7 YEARS" of exposure..."7 YEARS" of inner-city community service, "7 YEARS" of evaluating that service in writing and giving serious thought and attention to what they each can do individually to improve their own lives and the lives of others around them, the Deacon Jones Foundation will realize its ultimate goals. We will have given the "power to the people." We will have begun the cycle of rebirth for our students, their financially depressed neighborhoods, and the future of this great country itself. We will have helped develop new leaders to bring us full-circle into the 21st Century and beyond.
It is the mission of the Deacon Jones Foundation to afford our students every opportunity for success. The Deacon Jones Foundation is WINNERS HELPING WINNERS. The "Strike Force" is a group of winners...young and successful college students and recent graduates, between the ages of 21-30, who act as hands-on mentors and positive role models for our students. They are there to help prepare our students to enter college, to be their friends and confidants, and to prepare them for the business world that awaits them after graduation.
The Deacon Jones Foundation believes that these "Strike Force" young men and women who are closer in age to our students, acting as "Big Brothers" and "Big Sisters" to our recipients, provide invaluable understanding and critical rapport to insure the success and long-term achievement of the students in our program. When youngsters can see corporate success in young adults not that far removed in age, just out of college and right into the business world, on whom they can call at any time to discuss anything, we all will win.
The Deacon Jones Foundation is HANDS-ON, ONE-ON-ONE, and INDIVIDUAL. Our students are constantly monitored by the "Strike Force", as well as by the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, in order to offer the maximum possible assistance to assure the utmost success for our students and for the communities that are served.
The Deacon Jones Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity.