Michael Freeman,

Executive Director

Michael Freeman grew up in Compton, California.  After graduating from Compton High School, he attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.  Upon returning back to the Los Angeles area in 1978, Michael joined World Impact (an urban missions organization).  He worked in urban ministry with World Impact for twenty-three years.  Between 1988 and 1997, he served as director of World Impact's ministry in Chester, an urban community in the Philadelphia area.  He and his wife, Glynette, (with a team of missionaries) planted Refuge in Christ Church in McCaffery Village, a housing project in Chester.  They, also, established Frederick Douglas Christian School - a Christian elementary school for urban children.  

After returning back to Los Angeles, in 1997, Michael worked with the Watts ministry of World Impact, developing partnerships with churches to train and coach them in ministering to urban residents through The Nehemiah Team Project.  In 2002, he resigned from World Impact and became the co-founder and executive director of Elevate Your G.A.M.E., which conducts mentoring programs at urban high schools.  Michael is, also, the author of a book entitled, “Seven Days in the Hood.”  He and his wife have raised two children, Isaiah and Eboni. 



Damian was born in 1978.   His childhood years were spent in South Central Los Angeles, specifically Watts.  As a child, Damian witnessed violence of all sorts within his family and community, which had a lasting impact on his life.   Always being encouraged by his mother and father and other family members to stay separated from what was going on around him, Damian remained untainted by the lures of gangs, drugs and alcohol.  In 1992, Damian’s family moved out of Watts to Lakewood. In Lakewood, Damian was able to actually make friends with those who lived in his community. 

Today he is mentoring some of these same friends.   He has taken his life's experiences and put them to work, as he has been a part of mentoring and developing youth and young adults for over 10 years: family members, at his church, and now in his position with Elevate Your G.A.M.E.  He is driven by his desire to see youth and young adults excel in life.



Mr. Gipson Lyles


Business Affiliation: Compton Unified School District

(Retired Principal)


Ms. Cecilia Harrison


Business Affiliation: Raytheon

(Retired - Software Engineer Section Manager)


Mr. Michael Freeman


Business Affiliation: Elevate Your G.A.M.E.

(Executive Director)


Ms. Melissa Guy

Business Affiliation: Asset Media Group, Inc.


Jefferson Isai Rosa

Business Affiliation: LA MTA

(Senior Community Relations Officer)


Dr. Laurie Inman

Director Emeritus

Business Affiliation: University of Southern California

(Adjunct Professor)