Andrew’s involvement with the program stems from a long-standing professional relationship with Board Chair and President Steve Norris. He is proud to help make a personal investment in the participants’ lives and likes seeing the sustainable improvement, not just short-term assistance.
As a founding board member, Steve is responsible for overseeing the staff, interacting with partners and donors, and ensuring that the program is meeting the expected outcomes. He likes the way the program solves the issues of crime, poverty and social dependency, and he loves seeing the amazing growth of the guys in just a six-month period.
Robert is a founding board member and heavily involved with the transition from Y-Build to 4:13 Strong. His involvement began 10 years ago when he was a Board Chair of the Downtown YMCA. He feels drawn to the 4:13 Strong mission and enjoys witnessing the transformation for everyone the program touches.
Jennifer is a paperwork guru and legal advisor. She has a passion for helping those who did not get as many breaks as she did and believes it’s our responsibility to invest our time and resources to help level the playing field. She enjoys being part of a program that instills confidence and a sense of accomplishment in others.
Jeff got involved with the program three years ago after attending the annual breakfast fundraiser, quickly realizing the importance of contributing as a sponsor and providing marketing support to expand exposure. He appreciates the program’s positive influence on the guys, efficiency and impact on the community.
Richard was in the guys’ shoes before, so he knows how hard it is to get back on the right track. Now he lives on campus and is responsible for their schedules, Bible study, financial and parenting classes, and drug tests. He’s been with the program for over five years, and the most rewarding part of his job is seeing the smile on the guys’ faces when they achieve their goals.
Tim has worked with inner-city ministries for over 20 years and has been involved with the program since its inception in 2004. He has a desire to teach young people how to see their God-given abilities and become positive role models, and he enjoys building relationships to break down barriers. His responsibilities include construction training, life skills development and building job networks.
Everyone gave up on Eric, but his mother always prayed for him. After turning his life around, he started his own mentoring program before getting involved with 4:13 Strong (known as Y-Build then) 10 years ago. He helps with recruitment, job placement, case management and Bible study classes—and he prays for the guys every day, simply to return the favor to his mother.
Courtney develops a life plan with attainable goals for each participant and monitors their progress. She loves seeing the guys’ confidence increase and their excitement as they complete goals such as getting a job, saving money and buying a car. She has over 10 years of experience in case management, a master’s degree in education, and a passion for supporting rehabilitation.