Omari J. Henderson
Omari is a native of Decatur, GA. After graduating from McNair High School, Omari began his post-secondary education at Tuskegee University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.
Omari has spent most of his professional career working in the areas of Innovation, Marketing, and Research & Development. He’s had the opportunity to work with Procter and Gamble (in both the U.S and Europe), The Coca-Cola Company, and currently has a role with Chick-fil-A Corporate in Marketing and Innovation.
In addition to his professional career, Omari is a serial entrepreneur that enjoys starting new businesses that serve the community. Growing up, he was influenced by his father’s passion for inspiring and exposing young people to Science and Technology. This passion stayed with Omari throughout his life which lead him to co-found the Youth Challenge Incorporated Foundation. In addition to YCI, Omari has also co-founded ZuCot Art Gallery, The Art Brothers Foundation, and 1881 Investments.
A native of Dothan, AL, Patrick has lived in Atlanta since 2007 after relocating from Los Angeles, CA. Patrick began his post-secondary education at Tuskegee University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science Management and followed that up with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix Woodland Hills, CA campus.
Patrick has spent most of his professional career working in the Commercial Real Estate Development arena providing consulting services for Fortune 500 companies like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, Genuine Parts Company and The Walt Disney Company just to name a few. Formally a Vice President of Project Development Services with Jones Lang LaSalle for 13+ years, Patrick currently works at Chick-fil-A Corporate in Restaurant Development.
Patrick is passionate about giving back specifically through mentoring, pouring into young men and young professionals. Patrick attributes much of his growth and accomplishments in life to having strong male role models throughout various phases of his life. Patrick keenly believes the foundation for a young man's success must include exposure, inspiration and opportunity. Patrick lives in Southwest Atlanta with his wife and two children.
Michael McWhorter is native to Atlanta, Georgia and is a graduate of Charles L. Harper High School (APS). Michael is a retired captain from the city of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, a career that would span thirty-two (32) and one half years. Currently Mike is a staff member of Youth Challenge Inc., and as an instructor he also assists with the coordination of field trips. In previous years since retirement Michael served as coordinator for Kijana (male youth) Rites of Passage Program (2007-2014) at First African Presbyterian Church.
It is the need, desire and passion that brings me to this group, having been nurtured by some of the world’s greatest scholars it is imperative that too whom much is given much is required. “All that I am I owe, I am eternally in the red.”
Jessie Robinson Jr.
Jessie Robinson Jr. is a retired 30 years employee of AT&T, in Atlanta, GA. He spent 10 years working in Information Systems as a Computer Operator and 20 years in the Finance Department in Policy Changes.
Jessie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee State University in Music Education. He has done graduate studies in African History at Clark Atlanta University and Program Management at Georgia State University.
While at Tennessee State he performed with the Aristocrat of Bands and Tennessee State Jazz Collegian as a Trombonist and Baritone Horn player. While at Clark Atlanta University he performs with the Clark
Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra. He has studied martial art for over 15yrs. His studies, included Yang long Style Tai-Chi and Chi Gung, were taught by Master Chung from the Tai-Chi Association in Atlanta, GA. For 5 years Jessie was a volunteer with (SWAYBO) South West Atlanta Youth Business Organization in Atlanta, GA. He taught African American History to the participants. For 8 years he was a youth facilitator for Kijana Rites of Passage in Lithonia, GA.
Kenneth grew up in Auburn, AL where he and his brothers were blessed to have a phenomenal mentor in their father. This father taught him not only the benefit of obtaining a formal education but also the obligation that we each have in using those talents outside of the classroom and workplace in informal settings to mentor the next generation. Kenneth began his post secondary education at Tuskegee University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked
primarily in technical sales for a variety of organizations including United Technologies and Honeywell, later also receiving his Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. Kenneth
currently serves as Vice President - Client Development for CITI servicing the Southeast United States. Kenneth is passionate about helping young people live up to their promise and developing skills to be successful no matter the background and living the YCI Mission Statement of influencing young men
through access to academic, economic, and social enrichment opportunities. Kenneth has three children and currently lives in Decatur, GA.
Jamal Robinson is a native of Atlanta, GA. He developed a love for music when he received a coronet at age five. He played the trumpet in his high school band. His love of music continued when he played in
the Aristocrat of Bands at Tennessee State University. It was at TSU where he received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) degree in 2009. His love of business was fostered by his early participation in South West Atlanta Youth Business Organization (SWAYBO). In Jamal’s youth, he was privileged to have mentors. He participated in his church’s rites of passage program. He found himself in the presence of intelligent, compassionate and grounded men. Jamal is passionate about giving youth access to experiences in character building, self-discipline and entrepreneurship. Jamal has a great work ethic. As a child, Jamal had his own lawn care service. During his youth he maintained school property for the DeKalb County School System summer internship program. After college Jamal worked as a CPA assistant. He processed payroll, prepared spreadsheets, assisted with
audit preparation and operated office equipment. Jamal currently does maintenance work for Neighborhood Cinema Group (NCG). He’s learned to use different tools, technologies and techniques with this company. Jamal brings with him a positive energy that radiates to everyone around him as well
as the spiritual and natural wisdom he is willing to share. In his free time, he enjoys reading, music, drawing and meeting new people.
A native of Metro Atlanta, Moses attended Dunwoody High School where he was an active member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), ROTC, and the Varsity Basketball & Track teams. Moses graduated from Valdosta State University after serving as Committee Chairman for the N.A.A.C.P. and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). As a teenager, Moses was influenced by positive adult role models and eventually became a mentor himself. This passion for mentoring led Moses to a career in non-profit management with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the founding of his own organization. In addition to working with underserved youth, Moses has been successful as a Finance & Sales Manager with notable Fortune 500 companies. He currently serves as Community Affairs Coordinator for the City of Atlanta. Moses looks forward to sharing his keen resourcefulness and life experience with Youth Challenge Inc.
Michael T. Baker
Married for 38 years and have two daughters. Relocated to Atlanta, GA 24 years ago from San Diego, CA. Received a bachelor of Science Degree from Northern Illinois University. Career direction has been in the field of Graphics/Computer Graphics for over 38 years. Currently employed as a Electronic Pre-press Graphic Artist-QC&A and a certificate for Georgia Residential Housing Inspector. Community and Service Involvement: Volunteer member of Youth Challenge Inc., Active National
Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, LOS Board Member, DeKalb County Big Brother / Big Sister Mentor. My model is Integrity: I know my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these
things I have given willingly and with honest intent and leadership. And now I have seen with joy how willingly we Your People who are inspired by Youth Challenge Inc., are here to give faithfully unto You.
Aaron F. Henderson
Aaron Henderson is a Professional Visual Artist. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Tuskegee University and has over 25 year years engineering experience in telecommunications industry and manufacturing engineering. Aaron has worked as a consultant for pre-college programs designed to introduce students to opportunities of scientific, engineering, and technical careers. Other community involvement opportunities include the Rites of Passage Programs for Boys, Former member and Steering Committee for the Bayer/National Science Foundation Award for Community Innovations and Former member and Board of Director for The Callanwolde Foundation, Inc..