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Jahi's Story


At 18 years old I signed up to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member constructing affordable housing for low-income families during the day as part of YouthBuild Philadelphia, and, in the evening, running after-school tutoring programs for students at Nebinger Elementary School. I never thought that my gifts and talents would be used to spark change at a school or a community until I became an AmeriCorps volunteer. At the end of my twenty-four-month term from 1995 to 1997, I served over 10,000 volunteer hours, rebuilt 14 affordable houses, and helped hundreds of kids get reconnected in their community through mentorship opportunities before enrolling into Temple University using the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. I went on to receive an MBA with a focus on global management from University of Phoenix, Philadelphia Campus, in 2006. Today, as President and Founder of multiple companies, I have 21 years of experience as a leader in the field of business, finance, and lending. I served as a bank lender, corporate trainer, and technical assistance expert in the public and private sectors, assisting small business owners and charter schools in all five phases of a business. I facilitate twelve-week training courses in the private sector to provide individuals with the structure and strategies to write a winning business plan to start their own businesses. I believe that my early volunteer experiences have given me the fuel to always look for opportunities to help others in my community. Volunteering isn’t for everyone, but it’s for anyone who wants to make an impact of any size.