Lester Young Jr. is a native of Hilton Head Island, SC. At the age of 19, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole until 20 years had been served. Entering prison without the proper education was Lester's biggest struggle. With the support of family and friends, he was able to obtain his G.E.D. then later enroll in a Business Management Course (via mail) as a student of Ashworth College.
Lester began drawing attention from prison chaplains, correctional officers, as well as wardens for the interest he expressed in NOT only educating himself but encouraging others to educate themselves as well. With permission for the warden, Lester began meeting with Chaplain Gerald Potoka to create templates, course outlines, programs, and classes to instruct and mentor those incarcerated along with him. This is where the idea of "Path2Redemption" was born. He vowed that once he was paroled, he would continue his teachings to motivate others to continue on their own path to redemption.
One year after his release, Lester started the non-profit organization "Path2Redemption".
This non-profit organization hosts workshops for at-risk youth and those that are formerly incarcerated with the basic necessities needed for a successful acclimation into society. He discusses the importance of acknowledging, addressing, and dismissing triggers.
Lester speaks and trains employees within The Human Resource Department on the benefits of hiring formerly incarcerated individuals. He is "the voice" for those that are not able to speak for themselves. A highly requested speaker, primarily within the prison environment, Lester's lived experience gives those that have not spent time in prison a different perspective when it comes to teaching and training.
Mr. Young is setting a new standard for "living a life of redemption". As a National Movement & Capacity Building Specialist, Lester focuses on training and educating formerly incarcerated individuals around advocacy and organizing.
Director of Community Outreach
Troyeshi has 16+ years of experience in State Government and Accounting. She is an experienced Board Member, having served as President for 4+ years for various organizations. A Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor, Mrs. Gladden also has a Master's in Business Administration and is an active participant in the IRS Annual Filing Season Program.
Gary has over 20 years of mentoring, and teaching principles that transform boys into men.
As the program coordinator for Engaging Men & Boys, his duties consist of facilitating workshops and overseeing after-school programs for middle and high school scholars. His other great passion is recidivism and prison prevention. He currently using these skills to foster transformation in county jails with his 10-week Mining The Diamond In You Program.