Sharon Richard, Founder/CEO/Board Member
For over 30 years Sharon contributed to the social and academic development of children as a teacher. Several years ago, she served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for an elementary charter school. Now she is a professor who empowers prospective teachers to teach children that they are dynamic social beings with unlimited power to learn. She's also a National Trainer through her own consulting company.
Jumaane Taylor, Board of Director President/Co-Founder
Jumaane Taylor, a Chicago native, has been tap dancing since the age of 7. In 2015, Jumaane created Supreme Love. A dance production honoring John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ and the art of tap with live musicians, premiering at jazz music and dance festivals. Jumaane has received the Chicago Dancemakers Forum 2017 Lab Artist Award, 3Arts 2019 Award, and has performed his work for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jazz Institute of Chicago, and abroad. He teaches at T.E.S. Arts, Ruth Page School of Dance and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Jumaane is also the artistic director of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's annual tap festival, Rhythm World!
Fatima Taylor, Academic Director/Co-Founder
Fatima has been contributing towards the well-being of young children since she was a teenager. Her passion to educate children academically, socially, and morally directed her path as an educator. She received her degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and is teaching in DeKalb, Illinois. She is ready to empower the urban youth to become self-reliant leaders
Kamaria Golden, Co-Founder
Athletics has been the core of Kamaria's life for over 20 years. She is a master in the area of gymnastics and cheer. After performing in many state and national competitions and winning numerous awards, she decided to share her skills and talents by becoming a cheer coach. Her coaching style includes empowering her cheer teams to be excellent in their academic endeavors, social encounters, and to build leaders. Her dream is to own a gym and develop a world cheer team
Hello my name is Jarvis Jackson. I am 50 year old self employed commercial cleaning technician. I am experienced in construction, landscaping, cable wiring, and several other odd jobs. I have been involved in many organizations and programs for building the communities and supporting the youth. I and my family are very passionate about making postive changes in our collective villages. I am dedicated to using my skills to effectively help us progress in to greater heights.
Frederick Kheperu, Elementary School Instructor
Mr. Kheperu has been a professional educator since 1992. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He has been a lead teacher at Betty Shabazz Academy and Triumphant Charter School. Mr. Kheperu has been a teacher representative to the Board of Directors, Dean of Student Culture and Assistant Principal of Shabazz Academy. He has been Director of Summer Camp Programming at Kennedy-King College. Mr. Kheperu is a founder of Fratti Properties Solutions Inc. Fratti Properties is involved in buying and selling properties and providing positive solutions for distressed sellers and homeowners.
Currently, Mr. Kheperu is an instructor for After School Matters Southwest branch.
Mr. Kheperu has four adult children.
Reverend Markel Hutchins has been impacting and touching the lives of others nearly his entire life. Widely regarded as one of the most gifted, charismatic and inspirational leaders of his generation, he embodies servant leadership. He is an ordained baptist minister, public speaker and serves on a number of boards, committees and commissions for respected institutions