IT’S ALL ABOUT POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
We are in crisis.
We must invest in programs that reignite passion and aspiration in our young people, providing role models and road maps that will give them every opportunity to succeed. We believe in a world where this is possible, we believe in a community reemerging and redefining itself. Where there is despair, providing hope and where there is lack, providing opportunity. Our young men are simply a product of what they see every day, for those that need it most, the purpose of the Phoenix Leadership Foundation is to give them something different to see.
Education is the key to a solid future, but young black males are giving up on education at an alarming rate. Every 26 seconds, another black male drops out of school. Securing education is the first and most integral step in changing outcomes.
One of the strongest qualities one can possess, leadership skills are essential. Young black males need to see mirror images of themselves in leadership positions, proving to them that possibilities are endless.
We suffer mostly from a crisis of virtues and values, immorality and immaturity. Our young men need a deeper belief in themselves; building character creates the light that will shine in dark places.
The world is flooded with negative images and depressing statistics used to define young black men. As a result, many have been locked into a box of low self-confidence and low aspiration. Changing the narrative restores dignity -- from there, we soar.
WE WILL CHANGE THE WAY THE WORLD SEES YOUNG BLACK MEN.
THE PHOENIX LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION
CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS
None of this is possible without the generous support of our donors.
Life long impact and lifetime memories are created when a young man is able to dream without limits under a star filled sky. Troop 100 gives its scouts the opportunity to see and experience a world full of adventure and possibility, while exposing these young men to some of the best possible role models and mentors.
Soon to be heralded as the largest Boy Scout Troop in the WORLD, we will not only make history, we will make a difference in the lives of our boys, and serve as a beacon for young men everywhere.
Leadership, character, citizenship, discipline, dignity and high adventure, we have produced valedictorians, salutatorians, class presidents, honor students, club leaders, sports captains, eagle scouts and, most importantly, over 85% of our young men graduate from high school on time.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness.
For more than a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Phoenix Leadership Institute
Every year, 25 deserving students from low-income households and under-served communities will be selected to participate in a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Phoenix Leadership Institute is a 6 month intensive training and development series designed to expose public school students to a wide variety of opportunities and a world of possibilities.
Each student is paired with a mentor and participates in a dynamic program comprised of weekend retreats, full day seminars, behind the scenes tours, community service projects, discussion groups, CEO round-tables, career shadowing, and college fairs. Students are not only taught, they are shown exactly what it takes to be successful, interacting with some of the world’s most recognized and respected leaders, focusing on critical thinking, problem solving, relationship building, professionalism, teamwork and scholarship.
This program creates leaders and gives disadvantaged students the tools necessary to emerge from the ashes of circumstance, to rise and reach their highest potential.
Phoenix Scholars Program
Imagine, at age 16, growing up with a father in prison. Imagine studying for the SAT during the day while being uncertain about where you will sleep that night.
Imagine, at age 18, finally receiving that college acceptance letter. A product of hard work, all the while braving more hardships than any young person should have to endure.
Much like the Phoenix, students rising from the ashes of hardships will only emerge better, stronger, more capable versions of themselves. It is in that spirit that we created the Phoenix Scholars Program. Each year, 20% of all donations raised by the Phoenix Leadership Foundation will be awarded as need-based monetary scholarships, presented to public school students who have overcome tremendous odds to complete their high school education and desire explore to post-secondary opportunities.
Our recipients are resilient and determined; they have trained and prepared for the race, our role is to help them cross the finish line. We will be the light in dark places.
Phoenix Rise Awards
Given annually to students who have triumphed through the will to push forward, surpassing all obstacles and limitations.
These young people represent the very best of humankind, roses that grew from concrete. Every year RISE Awards are given to deserving students that have defied all odds, rising like the Phoenix.
ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE LIVES?
Our Founders: The couple behind the Phoenix Leadership Foundation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Committed to living by his personal motto, “Build As We Climb”, change agent, thought leader and emerging philanthropist, James M. Bailey has dedicated his life to serving others. In 2015 he founded one of the nation’s most innovative private equity firms, Greenwood Archer. Through a “Human Capital” approach, Greenwood Archer re-imagines the way America’s most underserved communities leverage assets, establish wealth, strengthen infrastructure and create jobs.
Before Greenwood Archer, James served as Chief Executive Officer for the Atlanta Market of Operation HOPE, a global nonprofit organization focused on economic empowerment. Under his leadership, HOPE’s southeastern region grew from a single person operation in 2007, to nineteen offices helping more than 160,000 youth, adults, and families start businesses, buy homes, raise credit scores and increase their financial literacy by 2015. Prior to Operation HOPE, James served as President and CEO of Landmark Global Corporation, a Georgia based Real Estate investment firm managing over $7 million in assets by age 27. James' professional experience also includes sales management posts with Bank of America and Hershey Foods Corporation.
A native Atlantan and die hard Georgia Bulldog, James has a proven track record of accomplishment. In 2012, James was one of eight Americans honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change: Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” A recognized leader, James is a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2015, Leadership Atlanta Class of 2014 and the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute. James has also served on numerous boards including The Wren’s Nest, Verbalyze, Inc., Safe America Foundation, the Metro Atlanta Chamber Board of Advisors and currently serves as Chairman of the Phoenix Leadership Foundation.
A dedicated community servant, James volunteers as a mentor for the Priority Male Initiative, an advisor for Youth Entrepreneurs of Georgia, the Atlanta Public Schools R.E.A.L. Men Read Program, and most notably serves as Scoutmaster of the Mighty Troop 100 located on Atlanta’s Westside, soon to be heralded as the largest Boy Scout Troop in the world!
Recognized throughout Atlanta and across the country for his leadership and dedication, James was named to both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 Under 40 “Best and Brightest Leaders of the Future”. He is a recipient of the coveted Whitney M. Young National Community Service Medallion, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Service Award and the Morehouse College Alumni Association’s Dr. Joseph Draper Service Award. In 2010, he was selected as one of the 10 Most Outstanding Young People of Atlanta, in 2011, James received a Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the Obama Administration and in 2012, James was named a National Young and Powerful Rising Star.
Blayne’s passion is telling stories. She gets some of her greatest joy from meeting new people, starting discussions, satisfying her often-unquenchable curiosity and working to amplify the voices of those who feel they are never heard.
And through her work as a journalist, Blayne is blessed with the opportunity to channel her passion into purpose.
Blayne Alexander is a reporter and anchor with 11Alive News, Atlanta’s NBC affiliate. In addition to her weekday reports, you can see Blayne anchoring 11Alive Weekend Today on Saturday and Sunday mornings, beginning at 9am.
A three-time Emmy Award nominee, Blayne has traveled the country to cover some of the biggest news events in recent history. Her first major assignment came in 2009, when she worked with a team of journalists to cover the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama – an assignment she would repeat four years later. Most recently, Blayne spent days covering protests in Ferguson and Baltimore following the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. She also reported from Selma, Alabama as the eyes of the nation converged on the small town to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
As a community servant, Blayne is a member of Junior League of Atlanta, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and an active volunteer and mentor with Cool Girls, Inc. Blayne also volunteers with the Fulton County Juvenile Court Citizen Review Panel and serves on the advisory board for The Scholarship Academy, a non-profit organization helping low-income students gain access to college scholarships.
Blayne is actively involved with both National and Atlanta Associations of Black Journalists, serving on the local executive board as vice-president of broadcast.
A proud Blue Devil (at times, obnoxiously so), Blayne is a graduate of Duke University. She cheerfully holds the distinction of being an Oklahoma Girl, born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK.
Help us create a new narrative, a new normal, a new beginning. Join us today.
PHOENIX LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION
44 Broad Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Mail Donations to:
P.O. Box 2338
Atlanta, Georgia 30301
We fund and develop programs that provide positive role models and create leaders. Our goal is to inspire youth to rise from the ashes of their circumstance and soar towards living in their purpose.
Address: 44 Broad Street NW, Suite 708
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Mail Donations to:
PO Box 2338
Atlanta, Georgia 30301
Phone: 404. 330. 8554
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