From the young age of 12, I found myself on the losing end of some sort of criminal scheme. While in prison, I was able to provide support to a person who was being mistreated by the administration. 14 years later I began my journey of advocating for others. I turned my life around and became a Peer Support Specialist and Youth Life Coach. My goal is to help others to have the same mindset of living a purposed-filled life! I volunteer with groups such as "100 Black Men", 24/7 Dads, Charlotte RPM (Re-entry program), I facilitate focus group sessions weekly at 3 different agencies, and I speak to "at-risk youth" at various schools and programs. broaden the
With us since our founding is one of our veteran team members. They bring their years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.
Maurice is a native Charlottean who values his community. Maurice joined
the Project 70Forward board to help further his education advocacy. As a
former educator, he understands how labels often lock children into
predetermined paths. He would like to see this change.
Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. River Watts is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day.
With us since our founding, Jesse Neimus is one of our veteran team members. They bring their years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.
Melanie Dunston has been a long-time Disability Rights Activist with a
background in Nursing Administration. She is also currently a Court
Mediator and a sworn Mecklenburg County Guardian Ad Litem and a Child
Custody Advocate with the Council of Children Rights of North Carolina.
She has a certificate as a Mental Health Support Group Facilitator and a
DVSB speaker. She is a graduate of the Civic Leadership Cohort 4 and the FBI Citizen Academy. She is also
Director of Events for the FBICAAA.