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 MCCALMAN,

SENIOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Born in 1978, Damian's childhood years were spent in South Central Los Angeles (Watts) while going to school in the San Fernando Valley.  Growing up Damian witnessed violence of all sorts within his family and community, which had a lasting impact on his life.   Always being encouraged by his family to stay separated from what was going on around him, he remained untainted by the lures of gangs, drugs and alcohol.  In 1992, Damian and his mother relocated to Lakewood where he for the first time able to build friendships with those who lived in his community.


Damian serves as deacon in his local church (Fulfilled 4 Life Family Ministries) where his responsibilities include congregational teaching, leading the youth & young adult ministry, while also assisting with other ministerial needs.   The Urban Youth Workers Institute certified him in the core competencies  of Urban Youth Ministry through their 12-­month 90Degrees Urban Youth Ministry Certificate Program.


Damian is husband to Yalisa (6 years) and father to Ethan (5) and Dillan (3) and Cassidy (8 mths).   He is driven by his desire to excel and see the youth and young adults he works with excel in life.


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mr. Gipson Lyles

Chairman

Business Affiliation: Compton Unified School District

(Retired Principal)

 

Ms. Cecilia Harrison

Treasurer

Business Affiliation: Raytheon

(Retired - Software Engineer Section Manager)

 

Mr. Michael Freeman

Secretary

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

(Executive Director)

 

Ms. Melissa Guy

Business Affiliation: Asset Media Group, Inc.

(Co-owner)


Jefferson Isai Rosa

Business Affiliation: LA MTA

(Senior Community Relations Officer)

 

Dr. Laurie Inman

Director Emeritus

Business Affiliation: University of Southern California

(Adjunct Professor)