Mentor starts youth and family program after personal experiences
Ed Mitchell Jr. is the founder/director of TEAM A.N.G.E.L. mentoring and youth development program.
While growing up, Ed, fondly known as “Lil Ed,” was a regular participant in community-based programming focused on family. It was both supportive and life changing for him. The family community programming proved to be instrumental in helping Mitchell get through high school and into college.
This was no easy task. He often had to deal with frequent loss of close friends and family to incarceration, mental breakdowns and death often due to gang violence.
Noticing cuts in community programming and the impact this had on youth in the neighborhood, Mitchell decided to do something. With the help of his friends, who also participated in programs with him while growing up, Mitchell started TEAM A.N.G.E.L, which stands for Avoid Negative Garbage Enjoy Life. It is designed to build skills and to support social awareness and self-awareness in a safe and inviting community for youth in the city of Syracuse.
Recently, TEAM A.N.G.E.L. completed a summer learning program. The group also runs an alternative-to-suspension program at several area high schools and a daily after-school program at the Southwest Community Center.
Volunteers and donations make the program possible. Mitchell receives no pay for his time and energy. The satisfaction of giving back is what is given to him.
To volunteer, donate or join, contact Ed Mitchell Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Article by Tammy Reese, The Stand Community contributor