Anthony is a native of Savannah Georgia educated in schools in the south Anthony has seen the destructive patterns that emerge when drugs, gang activity, family instability, trauma, and financial hardship plague a young person‘s life he says “failure to produce generational wealth is the greatest loss in any community because it robs our children of the resources they need to have a solid foundation and a positive future. Mr. McIntyre extends his commitment to empowering the next generation by speaking to audiences of young people to motivate them to move beyond their traumatic past and the present crisis to embrace a future where hope, education, and entrepreneurship can become a reality. Targeted relational mentor ship combine with practical strategies allow a Mr. Mcintyre to powerfully impact the lives of young people and adults who lives are at risk. Mr. Mcintyre has experience in navigating difficulty extends from his youth in Georgia to a service as an engineer and underwater diver in the US Navy where he served in the Gulf War. A series of unfortunate events led to his 19-year crime, murder that he did not commit. As an advocate for justice, Mr. McIntyre offers expert testimony and criminal cases regarding The dynamics of street organizations and their impact on individuals and communities at large. And unrelenting commitment to be part of the solution for individuals and and minorities specifically lead Mr. McIntyre to launch AntMound LLC, a business, security, and political consulting company. He also started the Antmound Foundation which is a 501 C 3 nonprofit organization which focuses on youth-based issues as well as criminal justice reform matters. Here’s the latest venture is AntMound trucking LLC. The dream for this business is to be a location where individuals who some have chosen to give up on can have as a location for a new start which is a semi truck transportation company. Mr. Mcintyre also does speaking engagements at public schools, colleges, law- enforcement seminars etc.
Brandon currently serves as the President of the Waukegan Public School board. He is married to Monique, an early education teacher, and they have three sons Isaiah, Nehemiah, and Josiah. Brandon is the founder of Fathers Matter, an online Facebook page community that promotes positive images of fathers and encourages fatherhood. Brandon is a co-founder of Millennials Connected Networking group, a committee member of the #JustDoIt_Vote Coalition, and a Co-Host of Off the Porch, a monthly Facebook Live podcast. Brandon is currently a Sr. Manager with BCU and remains active in the local community.
Tyrus Goshay is an award-winning digital
illustrator and 3D artist with over 18 years of experience. He serves as a college professor, teaching both game design and illustration in his off time. Tyrus has a Bachelor in Computer Animation and Multimedia and a Master’s degree in Teaching With Technology (MALT). He has contributed to several award-winning projects in the world of toy design and has been recognized for his achievements in academia as well. Tyrus became a certified speaker in 2022. He has begun touring schools across the country, encouraging students as well as educators to tap into their creative potential.
I have spent my entire educational career serving and leveling the playing field with success for all students and families. This has been especially true for students of color and other underserved populations. currently hold a PhD, Ed. Specialist, and Master’s degree in K-12 Administration and Leadership. I had the pleasure of attending Grambling State University, National Louis University, and Cardinal Stritch University of Milwaukee. My areas of expertise are K-12 Administration, K-12 Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, K-12 Director of Special Education, as well as K-12 Superintendent of Schools. I’ve had the rewarding pleasure of serving as an educator for 24 years. Of the 24 years, 17 years have been serving and leading as an administrator. I am also a college professor of sociology for Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL. My moral compass or stance consistently places students at the core of what I do as a leader. My leadership has been intentional as it relates to ensuring a sound viable curriculum, focusing on an identified curriculum which embraces culturally relevant practices which improve student outcomes.
George Bridges – George is first and foremost a child of God. Husband and Father of five children; of which these and family are foundational. Born and raised in the city of Waukegan, George grew up in the church and began his life’s career as a Waukegan Firefighter/Paramedic in 1996. Serving six of his 25-year career as the Fire Chief and am currently representing the City of Waukegan as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff for the last two year. After completing coursework at CLC, George received his Undergraduate degree 2013 and his 2017 Masters’ degree from Southern Illinois University in Fire Science/Public Safety/Homeland Security Administration. George loves his community and the public safety, this love allowed him to be elected as a Waukegan Park District Commissioner since 2013 and further provided the opportunity to become an instructor at a state college, providing tools for the success of the next generation of leaders.
Trey Baker is a sophomore at Depaul University where he is majoring in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies, a Multicultural Scholar, and previously played college basketball for Maryville University. He currently serves as the Special Advisor to the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and MBK Chicago Action Team and Lake County’s Youth Outreach Coordinator for the Regional Office of Education in partnership with the State’s Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Initiative. Trey’s work involves developing culturally and historically responsive education frameworks for school districts across the country to drive narrative-changing engagements through the power of storytelling. To improve real-life outcomes for students, Trey has partnered with school communities to support evidence-based mentorship curriculums that center on education, empowerment, and exposure. While leading multi-agency efforts, Trey has been committed to building safe and supportive communities for youth and families where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity. Trey is an author and award-winning spoken word artist performing and leading creative design and storytelling campaigns for brands such as Jordan, Nike, Chicago Bulls, Vault 49, and more. Recently, Trey has partnered with Scholastic Publishing Company to be the next Rising Voices mentor and author for his upcoming children’s book and Rising Voices collection. Some of Trey’s accomplishments are receiving the Honoring Our Own: Excellence in Education Leadership Award by the National Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents and the National Alliance of Black School Educators, awarded the Lake County, IL Sheriff’s Official Medal for his work towards reforming public and school safety policy, recognized with a proclamation by the Illinois State Senate for his work in racial and educational equity, awarded & recognized by President Barack Obama for his youth leadership & activism along with being featured in ABC News, NBC News, and the Chicago Tribune for his work
Dr. Thomas has an earned doctorate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He is a graduate of Youngstown State University where he was a starting 2 guard for the mighty Penguins college basketball team. Additionally, he served in the USMC.
He hails from Thibodaux County Louisiana and is married with 4 children. He served in corporate america as a Regional Vice President in Corporate finance for Fifth Third Bank where he led the organization in 4 states and managed over $150 Million in assets under management. He is a college professor in the field of Entrepreneurship at the Ball State School of Business in Muncie Indiana.
He has coached many AAU basketball teams including the 2 teams that produced his daughters to earn full ride college scholarships for athletics and academics.
Robert is one of the top empowerment and wellness empowerment speakers, and he’s on a mission to inspire 1 Million boys and men through his empowerment speaking. Robert’s journey to wholeness from bullying, fatherlessness, and sexual traumatic experiences make him the perfect advocate for boys and men looking to overcome adverse and traumatic experiences. His story of academic challenges in school, fatherlessness, bullying, and sexual trauma, and low self-worth, is one that resonates with boys and men alike. Not only did Robert overcome the challenges of his past, but he eventually went on to graduate from an alternative High School on time, and then went to college and obtained multiple degrees in educational leadership. In addition to his educational success, Robert is also the author of six published books and is the successful owner of two companies.
Robert’s passion for helping boys and men achieve healing and personal abundance is powered by his vision to see all people set free from unjust and inequitable systems, socioeconomic walls, emotional blockages, and traumatic boundaries caused by adverse childhood and life experiences. Marshall truly believes every human has the ability to walk in total wholeness and unlock their greatness.
My name is Phillip Polk. I was born in Fayetteville located in North Carolina on the military base. My mom and dad were both in the military for 20 years and are now retired. I moved around a lot but lived in Waukegan for most of my life. Regarding professions, I have been working for the school district since I was 17 years old. I started as a janitor, eventually became a safety officer, then an attendance paraprofessional, and am currently a Culture and Climate Specialist. When I first started this job, I was still trying to figure out my career and passion. I have come to the realization that speaking with students and guiding them is my passion. I don’t want to talk AT you but talk TO you to get a better understanding of what you are feeling and going through. I want more generational knowledge and wealth passed within families and we are or can be the start of this change.
Arthur Banks, Father of one boy and two girls, Alaye, Jazlyn, & Anniece
Real estate investor, day trader, entrepreneur Founder of Bankable Enterprises, which is the parent company of Bankable Properties, a real estate investment company, Bankable Renovations a property renovation company and Bankable Profits, a day trading company. Graduate of Grambling State University and holds a B.A. in Political Science My goal is to continue to invest in the community by providing quality housing and education. Hobbies include anything in technology and building radio-controlled drones, planes and cars.
The man you see today is not the person he once was. Mr. Kube desired goal is to pour into boys/young men/men that have been counted down and out and forgotten about. Mr.Kube recalls being down and out himself. Kube was born in Phoenix, Arizona where his biological father was not active in his life due to a drug addiction. Kube would eventually make his way to Germany where his mother was first married. He has expressed as a child he always felt rejection due to not having anyone who looked like him in Germany.
Mr. Kube grew up in a dysfunctional home where his mother and his brother were the victims of domestic abuse which would eventually lead to his departure from Germany and moving back to the United States. Kube sought out acceptance. He would find it eventually, unfortunately it was amongst the wrong crowd. He started hanging out with drug dealers in high school and eventually would become one himself. At 19 Mr. Kube said he caught his first felony which made him feel trapped in a lifestyle that was detrimental to him. He engaged in that lifestyle for 17 years until everything in his world
started falling part.
In February of 2017 he would bury his Irish twin. In August he would violate his probation where he was facing a 10 year prison sentence. He experienced an accidental overdose on Christmas that same year. Just when you didn’t think things couldn’t get worse for him he found out that there was a hit out on him where people were looking to kill him. Since then he has turned to God and started to be the best version of himself he could be. Blake’s current situation doesn’t resemble anything he has been through or used to be. One of his favorite sayings is “people from his past are in disbelief with his present life and people in his present life do not believe his past”. Blake works part time for Waukegan Township. At the Township he is assigned to the Eddie Washington Center where he was a former resident himself and now he can motivate and inspire men with similar backgrounds. He is also the Co- owner of VIP Fitness where he inspires people to be the best physical version of themself. Blake also is a motivational speaker who shares his story of how he was once hopeless and while at his bottom he found his purpose. He has displayed so much resilience and is currently writing the next chapter in his book of life..
Although I was born in Waukegan, IL.,I am a prime example of “It takes a village to raise a child.” I was raised in strict and christian households between Illinois, New York, and New Jersey, where I spent the school season with my parents and summer break with my grandparents, uncles, and a host of cousins. I am the oldest of six siblings, (1brother, 1 sister, and 3 half brothers). I am currently employed as a Culture & Climate Specialist at the Waukegan High School and a House Manager at the (Eddie Washington Center) for the City of Waukegan .
For the most part, I never really liked school and gave a minimum effort in my studies. Fortunately my teachers saw something good in me that I couldn’t see in myself, while I was always told that I was a bright student blessed with plenty of potential. During high school I had this just to do enough to get by attitude, where I didn’t apply myself to my education as well as I should have.
Thankfully after my senior year in high school, I had a good enough grade point average to qualify for college. I personally didn’t want to go to college at all. Thanks to the fact that my parents always instilled in me the importance of getting a quality education and to pursue a great life for myself, was the only reason that led me to go to college in the first place. I initially attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL., soon after high school graduation, although I was a bright student at that young age, I did have poor decision making of course, while after
1 1⁄2 years of attending Eastern Illinois University, I decided I would leave college and come back home because I missed everybody.
This poor choice on my behalf only led me to the streets and hanging out with the wrong crowd, while not even having a job and freeloading off my parents. Fortunately, years later I finally got by on track with my educational goals and enrolled back in school where I obtained an Associate’s Degree in Computers and Electronics (DeVry University, Chicago, IL.), a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Technology (DeVry University, Chicago, IL.), and finally my Master’s Degree in Data Networking and Technology (Lincolnshire, IL.), while currently working towards my Master’s degree in PostSecondary Education. Although I have many more goals of achievement I want to accomplish in my future, I am so Blessed and Thankful that I was able to fall back on track with my educational achievements thus far, which has afforded me the luxuries of having great employment and a better quality of living.
Finally, I love spending time with family and friends, especially getting together and barbequing and just having a great time. I also enjoy participating in or just watching most sports, mainly Basketball, Football, Baseball, Boxing, MMA KickBoxing, Track,Wrestling, and Motorcycle Racing. Fine Dining and Entertainment is probably at the top of my list of things I like to do, of course when time permits. I really love traveling, entertaining Family and Friends, and just being home relaxing with family