Thanks for all your support and votes.
My name is James Jones, alumnus of Right Moves, Myers Park, 2013.
Life for me, growing up, was always a struggle; especially after my dad passed. I felt I was missing something revolved around what it is to be a man. So I went from West Charlotte High School to Myers Park and I got recommended to Right Moves. Ryan Grammatico was always the ear to listen to me. Just having somebody to talk to, having adults who give you advice and being able to listen to it. And it's always sound advice, it's always coming from the heart.
That relationship has changed my life.
Ryan has been on my side while I'm starting a basketball camp for young men teaching them social and emotional learning skills.
If my dad could have done anything to have been in my life, he would have, and I think for me to be able to give to kids who lost their dad or don't know their dad, I think that would mean a lot to him, and it means a lot to me.
Right Moves has given me mentors in my life and I want to be the same for others.
Right Moves means a family and a place to belong.
Right Moves for Youth (RMFY) is a school-based, youth development and student support program focused on helping teens develop the skills to succeed in school and life.
Using a group counseling model, RMFY helps students come to school, do the right things, strengthen social skills, and get ready for college and the workforce. In our program, students grow together and build positive relationships to excel academically, socially and emotionally!
Right Moves for Youth was founded by Police Officer, Dave Scheppegrell (retired Sergeant) and businessman Frank Bragg. In the late 1980's Dave Scheppegrell was a school resource officer at Marie G. Davis Elementary School where he founded the first boy's club, and Frank Bragg was board chair and a founder of Kids' Repay, a juvenile restitution program.
Working together Dave and Frank pooled their experience and knowledge and founded Right Moves for Youth-which was formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on March 12, 1993.
The idea quickly spread to dozens of schools and soon was serving over 1,000 students. The heart of the program was the strong partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, YMCA, Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, Charlotte Housing Authority and the community at large. The organization has been led by an able board of community leaders and a highly effective professional staff.