Books Over Balls Junior Advisory Board (JAB)
Kenneth Jones - JAB President
For the past 3 years Kenneth Jones have been volunteering with (BOB). He was one of the first 5 members to join (BOB) as a student- athlete. The relationship with (BOB) has enabled his skill set to be an honorable intern for (BOB) and participate in a substantial amount of contributions to Chicago community events. In addition to becoming an international ambassador for Books Over Balls, the experiences have transformed from a personal student – athlete perspective into a business students perspective that reminds that student – athlete his true purpose is to impact lives better than (BOB) impacted his.
Freeman Fermon Fulwiley Jr. - JAB Vice President/Creative Strategist
Freeman is a 25 year old millennial game changer from Chicago, IL. He serves as the for BOB's Junior Advisory Board. Freeman is a creative artist and entrepreneur that specializes in transforming discarded household items into magnificent masterpieces through the concept of recycled art. He also is gifted in the creation of drawings, paintings, and installations. He recently facilitated a senior art show exhibition entitled "Kindred Experience" and featured in 2019 Impact Showcase for Raw Artists Chicago.
From 2017 - 2019 Freeman has worked and earned intermediate tech experience in computer hardware and software design by serving as an app designer and STEAM Camp instructor for Books Over Balls. He has also worked with the non profit ARCP (Arts Crafts Rehabilitation Program) that uses art as holistic therapeutic approach to help those in need with overcoming issues that they face in life. He believes that art and technology are valuable tools which are essential to helping the younger generation to increase their consciousness and make choices that benefit their lives as well others from a local, national and global perspective.
Stephon Hester JAB Member
Stephon is a graduate of Urban Prep Academy located in the Englewood community. He has accomplished a lot in high school, receiving four Honor Roll Certificates for Cum Laude and he was chosen to meet and have dinner with the Mayor of Chicago, Rhuam Emmanual and Govenor Pat Quinn. After completing his junior year of high school, Stephon was selected to do a two week leadership program at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he taught 4th and 5th graders five different kinds of leadership. After beginning his senior year, Stephon was selected to be a part of a student leadership course and received the Edward Beecher Scholarship to attend Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. At the end of his senior year, Stephon was the only Urban Prep Youngman in history to receive a total of three most exceptional senior awards at the senior tropia. Also, the day before graduation, Stephon was selected along with other young men to recite the Urban Prep creed in the Barbershop 3 film. Stephon is currently a second year student at Illinois College and is a double major in Communication Rhetorical Studies & Psychology to become a counselor. Stephon Joined Books Over Balls because he knew it would expose him to life experiences with what he is majoring in and also to give back to his community because he knows how young children and teenagers from broken and low income homes, struggle to get an education to become a successful individual they want to be.
Robert Tavory Robinson, is a 20 year old designer born and raised in Chicago, IL, who currently attends Beloit College, in Beloit Wisconsin. As of September 17, 2016, he will be known as an “international ambassador” for Books Over Balls. After a rigorous application process, Robert managed to qualify to study abroad at the University of Sunderland, in Sunderland England, to study business and fashion for a semester, returning back to Beloit college campus in the spring. Currently, Robert operates his own clothing brand titled, “Robert Tavory,” which is a lifestyle brand that highlights the trajectory of life, positive and negative. Beginning with his first collection, “Broke College Student,” Robert plans to connect as many people as possible who embodies what it means to be a student at the collegiate level. While preparing to go abroad, and managing a clothing brand, Robert’s effort to serve his community is endless. Robert’s introduction to Books Over Balls has led him to see what it’s like to be a mentor, and advisor for the teens of Chicago. Books Over Balls has honored Robert with the title, “President of the Junior Advisee Board,” an executive board that works closely with the administers of BOB to make sure all goals are met throughout each year. Books Over Balls has been an outlet for Robert, since his first day meeting CEO and President, Fernando Vincent the spring of 2014. After Mr. Vincent shared his visions of BOB with Robert, immediately Robert was committed to being a resource Mr. Vincent could use. Robert’s ultimate goal with BOB is to help rehabilitate, revitalize, and renovate broken communities, by initially being a role model for the young men and women who enters the camp of Books Over Balls.