According to Oakland Unite and Bright Research Group who selected the 2019 Fellows, “This year we received overwhelming demand for the fellowship and could not accommodate all qualified candidates. Fellows were selected through a competitive application process, and will participate in a rigorous five-month learning and life coaching certification program through Leadership That Works.”
Londell was one of the few selected on the basis of his amazing work both as part of BOSS and on his own, in the Oakland community he is passionate about helping. Through his work in BOSS’s West Oakland outreach team, the Reclaiming Our Communities (ROC) Program, Londell mentors and coaches young people impacted by gang, guns and violence.
Born in Oakland in 1977, Londell spent the initial portion of his childhood witnessing several crimes and homicides. He learned, grew, and maximized his motor skills through the community center inside the Acorn, a safe environment for children of all ages where drugs, violence, and bullying were not allowed. Today, Londell is a mentor and role model for youth in the West Oakland community.
Asked why he applied to be a Fellow, Londell says “I applied to get a better understanding of the work. I was told that life coaching is about getting to know yourself for who you are, as opposed to just getting a certificate to be a Coach. With that being said, I’m ready to get a better understanding about me.”
Londell has also initiated his own non-profit organization named “Saving Shorty’s”, focused on promoting better health and nutrition for young people in West Oakland, a food desert that lacks basic affordable grocery stores and safe, green outdoor play space for young people. His work on Saving Shorty’s is in addition to his incredible work in BOSS.
Through the Life Coaching Fellowship, says Londell, “I hope to obtain a better way to speak in a manner of professionalism, and to be recognized around the world as being a certified community life coach, and a better mentor to my peers and the youth whom needs guidance the most.”
BOSS is extremely proud of Londell and everything he has accomplished – and will accomplish, as he keeps pursuing his dreams and goals! Thank you for all you do for BOSS, and for Oakland youth!
To learn more about the Reclaiming Our Communities program or Saving Shorty’s, contact Londell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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