Ashley grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. She earned a scholarship to swim while completing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clemson University.
Robert is originally from Bronx, NY. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and has completed most of his Master’s in Education there as well. Robert taught middle school for almost a decade in districts from White Plains, NY, to Charlotte Mecklenburg, here in North Carolina.
Julia was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied Global Studies and Spanish and minored in Social Entrepreneurship. She spent four summers working for Amigos de las Américas on sustainable community development and youth leadership programs in Peru, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. Julia also gained experience working with Latino/a high school students on college readiness as a mentor and Co-Director for the organization Scholars’ Latino Initiative (SLI). Before coming to UrbanPromise Charlotte, Julia developed her project management skills as a Data Consultant for the healthcare company Premier Inc.
As a Charlotte native, Julia feels very passionately about seeing community restoration in the city of Charlotte through the power of youth leadership.
Erika Hernandez was born and raised in Charlotte and takes pride in her family’s Salvadoran heritage. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Religion at Davidson College where she loved studying ancient Roman culture and Paul’s letters.
Before arriving to UrbanPromise, Erika worked at the Center for Prevention Services promoting healthy lifestyles among youth through substance use prevention. During her time there, Erika coordinated the youth council for North Carolina’s first Latino drug free coalition, Alianza.
Erika strives to connect youth with opportunities, knowledge, and skills that allow them to be leaders, pursue their dreams, and change their communities.
Dionté Grey grew up in Johnson City, TN. He earned a scholarship to play basketball while earning his Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Tusculum College (Greeneville, TN).
After graduation, Dionté moved to Charlotte, NC in 2012 and began a year long internship with UrbanLife Charlotte as an urban missionary. There, he served as a mentor and tutor to students at Ashley Park K-8 and focused on building relationships within the West Charlotte community.
Before joining UrbanPromise Charlotte, Dionté worked as a Program Specialist at Right Moves for Youth, where he focused on helping students graduate from high school with a plan for their future success by directly facilitating and implementing a “life skills” curriculum with small groups at 7 CMS schools.
Dionté is excited to be the Freedom Drive Site Director and to continue investing in the wonderful community of West Charlotte. He and his beautiful wife Meg welcomed their first child, Dove, in July 2016.
Jimmy was born and raised in Columbia, MD. He attended Wake Forest University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish.
Jimmy came to Charlotte in 2009 as a Teach For America corps member. He taught high school Spanish and coached basketball for four years at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. During his teaching career, he was nominated and selected as a regional recipient for the Teach For America Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011, received the First Year Teacher of the Year award for high school teachers in the West Learning Community in CMS in 2010, and received the All-Star in Achievement award from the Charlotte Bobcats and Wells Fargo in 2010.
Jimmy also received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.