Not every Homecomer meets with success. As Cortez’ story demonstrates, a person must want to change his life – truly want something different – or else all of the help and assistance by the Homecomers (or by any other orga...
Curtis A. Watkins
Director, National Homecomers Academy
Curtis Watkins is the Director National Homecomers Academy, Phelps Stokes’ program designed to assist persons who are “Homecomers” – those who are returning to society following incarceration. Before launching NHA, Mr. Watkins founded and was the Executive Director of LifeSTARTS Youth & Family Services, a nonprofit organization supporting youth and their families. Mr. Watkins also promotes key partnerships, serving on three nonprofit Boards: Time Bank Youth Court, NPower of the Greater Washington Region, and the Ward 7 Nonprofit Network. Additionally, Mr. Watkins is a 2007–2008 Nonprofit Roundtable Fellow. Mr. Watkins is frequently a featured speaker on issues related to youth development, violence prevention, and community development having appeared before congressional committee and city agencies as well as on television interviews. You may contact Mr. Watkins at CWATKINS@PHELPPSTOKES.ORG.
Program Assistant, National Homecomers Academy
Kaneil Williams is the Program Assistant to the National Homcomers Academy. Mr. Williams comes from a background in secondary education, as an educator in the District of Columbia for the past four years. Also, a missionary and international speaker he brings experience from both church and global outreach organizations. You may contact Mr. Williams at KWILLIAMS@PHELPSSTOKES.ORG.
William T. Lawson
Program Associate for Data Evaluation, National Homecomers Academy
William T. Lawson is the Program Associate for Data Evaluation for the National Homecomers Academy. In addition to that, he is also a Community Change Agent. Mr. Lawson has been instrumental in reaching back to the community and touching the lives of many disadvantaged youth and adults. His extensive speaking history consists of keynote lecturing at Georgetown University, Howard University, and the University of the District of Columbia; as well as inspirational speaking at Ballou S.T.A.Y. Senior High School, youth and adult transitional homes, Times Banking conference 2011, and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Contact Mr. Lawson at WLAWSON@PHELPSSTOKES.ORG.
Patrick Boyer Jr.
Program Associate for Information Technology
A recent Homecomer, Patrick has always been fascinated by many aspects of Information Technology and is working diligently to further the NHA cause through a variety of IT initiatives. He has learned a great deal about himself during and after his incarceration and has realized there are more important ventures then simply making money, getting high and playing video games. Although not exceptionally spiritual, Patrick derives a great deal of comfort/satisfaction from enriching the lives of those around him through knowledge sharing and general contribution of his time. Additionally Patrick is working with another non-profit assisting in their IT needs for the upcoming 2012 Regional Conference. From his own words, "I've found my calling." Contact Mr. Boyer at PBOYER@NATIONALHOMECOMERS.ORG.