Itean Dozier, Founder/President
I grew up in a subdivision of Sicklerville, Winslow Township New Jersey. I was a student of the Winslow Township school system (K-12) and received my high school diploma from Edgewood Regional High School (Winslow Township HS) in 2001. I continued my education in Salisbury, North Carolina where I received my BA degree in Sociology minoring in Physical Education from Livingstone College in 2005. I received my Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Cheyney University in 2017. Throughout college I gained a lot of experience mentoring young men working as a residential counselor, community based service worker, behavior specialist, therapeutic support specialist, and case manager. Upon graduation from college, I returned back to New Jersey and received my teaching certificate in Health and Physical Education (K-12).
I continued to serve as a youth advocate for many group homes and community based programs on a part time basis as I pursued my teaching career. I directed the educational and vocational programs for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlantic City for over two years before accepting a position with Atlantic City Board of Education as a Health and Physical Education teacher. I am currently in my 10th year with the Board of Education and continue advocacy to the youth as a mentor, coach, and home instruction teacher.
My passion for pioneering the youth has grown greater over the years, I plan to give back to the same community I grew up in and provide greater opportunities and environments for the children to become successful. My motto is, “I just want to help them (children) see over the brick wall and maybe they will jump over!”
Shawn Harvey, Founder/Vice President
Shawn is a dedicated health professional currently working in the field of mental health and substance abuse. Through his experience he understands it is essential to educate the community on health and wellness. Shawn is currently majoring in sports management and completing his program to earn his certification in drug and alcohol counseling for the state of New Jersey. Integrating both of his passions for fitness and community advocacy Shawn has been striving to develop a youth advocate program. Shawn’s commitment to his family, faith, and the community, supports why Shawn is viewed to be a positive role model for men and women of all ages.
Detra Lewis, Chief of Operations
is currently a Program Office that helps support our greater New Jersey region. She has worked both in the public and privates sector and has a strong understanding of people and the world around her. Detra is a firm believer that education is an investment in oneself. In 2005, she received a dual degree in Bachelors in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Business Marketing from Albertus Magnus College. In 2008 she also received a Master’s in Business Administration and later pursed her Master’s in Education in 2011 from Strayer University.
Vincent Dozier, Jr., Treasurer
Is a Guidance Counselor, Special Needs Teacher, Coach, Therapist and Church Elder. Focusing on developing curriculum for at Risk Students, Individual and Group counseling. Using Restorative Practice techniques to assist in mediations and opening lines of communication. Seminars and workshop experience with multi-age grouping, collaborative learning and students with special needs. In 1975 received a BA degree in Criminal Justice from Glassboro State College (Rowan University), 1994 Certification for Teacher of the Handicapped and in 2003 received a Master Degree in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling. Favorite motto for youth, “One day I’m going to get big…and right now is the time to lay the foundation.”