June 23, 2017  
 

About Us

The Youth of Honor Foundation was established in 2006 after continued concern of the number of youth going through the United States juvenile justice system. With over 85% of the youths who serve time being released back into society, the Youth of Honor Foundation team saw that a positive, long-term impact could be made by proactively educating these youth that they are of value and can achieve any goals they have for themselves. It is our belief that every child has potential and when focused in a positive manner, that potential can assist them and others in reaching their dreams.

The Youth of Honor Foundation will intervene in the lives of troubled youth through motivational seminars on living life the right way. We will bring in real-life stories of people who have overcome obstacles in life to succeed and now live a life that no one had ever thought they could. Through our 10-Step Program, youth will work through curriculum that teaches them and allows them to make personal statements of commitment to themselves to use each day as a building block for success. As youth complete the program they will receive a certificate of achievement that they can proudly display so others can see their commitment to themselves, their family and their community.

The success we achieve will be measured by the youths we serve and assist. The life of every child is valuable. Children need guidance which, in turn, serves as the fertilizer for growth. The fertilizer required can not reach into the dark halls of our juvenile detention centers without the persistent light and love of others.  We hope that you will join us in our quest for the next generations' journey into the light by helping us reach just one child at a time.

Lastly, but of equal importance, the Youth of Honor Foundation will strive to work very closely with the parent(s) of our youth. It is our belief that the role of the parent(s) is vital to strengthening the moral fiber and the self-confidence of our youth while creating a nourishing environment that yields towards a positive progression of each and every youth. While there is an old saying "It takes a village to raise a child", we are going to expand on this note by saying; "It takes caring people in the village to step up and help raise a child." Together, we will make a real difference!

WHO WE ARE

 

Youth of Honor Foundation Board

Founder / President: H. Ron Brashear, Director - Information Technology & Former Exec VP/Managing Editor - http://www.insideboxing.com/

H. Ron Brashear founded Youth of Honor Foundation in 2006 and coined the phrase GET YOH JUMP ON LIFE. He is actively involved with redirecting youth through his ‘Personal U-TURN’ training program at youth detention centers around the country. A motivational speaker, a philanthropist, and author, Ron is passionate about seeing at-risk youth turn toward the path of a new perspective and new opportunities in life.

Ron received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from National Louis University and is the author of BOUNCING BACK…Living life the right way. This book chronicles Ron’s life and how he was able to rise above the impact of the negative influences to become an IT Program Management Director at Telcordia, a family man and an entrepreneur. A native of Elizabethtown Kentucky, Ron is also the nephew of Carl Brashear, the 1st African-American Navy diver whose life was depicted in the 20th Century Fox Motion Picture, Men of Honor, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert Deniro. He resides in Atlanta with his wife Audrey and their daughters Olivia and Jillian.

     
 

Vice-President / Executive Director: Tom Grason, Sr. Manager; AT&T (printable bio)

As an IT Professional for over 14 years, Tom has taken on a wide variety of assignments that range from code writing, international program management to being a Chief of Staff for a Senior Executive. In every position he has held Tom has leveraged his strong communication and interpersonal skills to build a network of relationships. He realizes that by incorporating the thoughts and experiences of others greater heights can be achieved.

Tom has taken these same strong personal attributes outside the workplace and begun his own very successful freelance photography business (http://www.tomgrason.com/). Starting out with only a camera and some courage, he has been blessed enough to capture some historic events while building a portfolio full of stars (eg. Muhammad Ali, Andy Roddick, John Isner, Mardy Fish, Usher). Whether it was shooting ringside at a Laila Ali bout or supporting a non-profit event for the premier entertainer of our time, Usher, Tom has always captured the moment to the delight of his clients.

Mr. Grason received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Management Information Systems from Florida State University with a minor in Communications.  Tom currently resides in Atlanta with his wife, Sharon, and their two daughters, AnnMarie and Emma.

     
    Treasurer: Twlya Mickens, Accounting Professional; Ross Lane & Company, LLC
     
 

Photographer - Community Events: Eric VanDyke, Say Cheeze Photography

Eric has been a professional photographer for over 15 years with his work spanning from boxing to non-profit community support activities.  His professionalism, talents and passion has enabled Eric the opportunity to work with many of today's top celebrities, entertainers and athletes.  As his success has grown, Eric has always remembered to share his passion with others.  As a member of the Youth of Honor team, he not only brings his photography skills and love of working with youth, he also provides a vast network of contacts to assist with spreading the message of Youth of Honor's mission. 

     
  Communications Director / Editor-In-Chief: Joyace Lopez, Legal Administrative Assistant, Hartman Simons and Wood LLP
 

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