Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing Ashton Burrell, Founder of the Hometown Hero Club and Live Mentorship Program.
Ashton Burrell is the founder of Transforming New World Consulting, the umbrella organization for his LIVE Mentorship Program (LMP), which he founded in 2011 while a sophomore at Lincoln University. LMP was created to provide mentoring to all youth between the ages of 9 to 19 from different paths and cultures of life within his surrounding communities. Principally, LMP helps youths with their schoolwork so that they can complete high school, provides drug and alcohol counseling, prepares youths for the workforce by teaching them how to dress and deport themselves for success, advising on career goals, and exposing them to organizations for networking opportunities, and providing a place for social and recreational activities. Mr. Burrell develops a strong bond with the youths that is life-altering. The program maintains a 100% graduation rate for every senior that has been in the program. Since 2011 Burrell has helped and inspired over 400 students to graduate from high school.
Mr. Burrell's activities are not limited to mentoring. He has organized marches and rallies for social justice and judicial equity, advocates for all communities, petitions corporations for fairness and diversity in hiring practices. As a budding politico, Ashton works with politicians to influence infrastructure and community revitalization decisions. Mr. Burrell has also led efforts throughout the Nation. These efforts have helped over 500 victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX, and Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, Nc. Burrell has lead efforts to provide over 250 books to schools in West Philadelphia and so much more.
Mr. Burrell is the Chairman of the Human Relations Council for the State of New Jersey as a Governor-appointed member on the Executive Committee for the March of Dimes Middlesex County Chapter, a member of the NAACP New Brunswick Branch Executive Board, and Chairman of the Highland Park Human Relations Commission. For his many social and community engagements, Mr. Burrell was recognized with the Johnson and Johnson MLK Community Service Award at the Johnson and Johnson headquarters. Burrell also received the NAACP New Brunswick's branch President's award, The Spread the Word 2nd Annual Humanitarian Award, Highland Park MLK Humanitarian award, and other great awards of recognition. He has also authored and published his first book, A Breakdown of Impact.
Hi, please tell us about what it is that you do.
I am a musician and an award-winning community leader. I am also the youngest chairman ever for the state of New Jersey's human relations council. I also just received one of the state's highest honors, The Governors Jefferson award, as a founder and innovator and preparing to launch my shoot hoops, not guns basketball game to stop senseless gun violence.
What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey?
I am always giving each opportunity my best and sharing everything I learn and blessed with being able to experience with others.
Any message for our readers.
The biggest room in the house is room for improvement.
Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you?
Thank you so much for giving us your precious time! We wish you the best for your journey ahead!