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L.A. Non-Profit Provides Leadership Training To At-Risk Youth
March 14, 2013 6:30 AM
Courtesy of 94.7 The Wave
Photo courtesy of Keith “Sarge” Gibbs
The founder and creator of a local non-profit is providing the much-needed life skills training and leadership development to area youths who require a strong role model the most.
Keith “Sarge” Gibbs is the founder of the non-profit organization Sarge’s Community Base, which uses its “Commit II Achieve” program to provide guidance and life skills training for at risk youth in the greater Los Angeles area to encourage them to become leaders.
A former marine, Keith Sarge Gibbs decided to take his experience and skills from his service and apply it to a program to help at risk boys and girls turn their lives around and stay out of trouble.
“All these years where we’re at, it’s amazing the amount of lives and the amount of people that we’ve touched,” he said in an interview with The WAVE’s Pat Prescott.
His organization is throwing its 4th Annual Spirit Of Achievement Dinner & Fundraiser on March 23rd to help raise the necessary funds to keep the program alive and continue providing guidance for our future leaders.
“We put our life on the lines for these kids and we do it for free, we get nothing out it except for the self-gratification of seeing a kid do something in his life,” said Sarge, noting that much of the funds used for the program comes from the annual gala.
“We need your help,” he added.
Photo courtesy of Keith Sarge Gibbs
The Achievement Gala is hosted by our own Deborah Howell and features a dinner and live entertainment including local speakers, blues singer Barbara Morrison, comedian JeROME, singer/songwriter Tony Saint Tone, and saxophonist Poncho Williams.
The gala takes place on March 23rd at City Club on Bunker Hill, located in downtown Los Angeles at 333 S. Grand Avenue
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Our story begins with the founder, Omar Mcgee, who grew up on the hardened streets of Flint, Michigan during the height of the crack epidemic in the 1980’s. The baby of eight children, Omar was exposed to the harsh realities of divorce, drugs, violence, and alcoholism that plagued his surroundings and family.
Rising above his circumstances he went on to attend Howard University where he started his non-profit organization which is now Inner City Outreach. His original mission was to provide support to low income and inner city youth in need of financial assistance for secondary education due to his own struggles. He went on to achieve success in real estate development and a burgeoning film career which includes the award winning film, Flintown Kids, which gives accounts of life through the eyes of kids in the town labeled, The Worst Place to Live in America by Money Magazine. His heart however led him to abandon aspirations of a Hollywood film director and return to his roots, empowering youth whose backgrounds mirrored his.
He decided he wanted to provide the support system that many inner city youth lacked who actually made it to college– by starting his influence at the 9th grade through the creation of Executive Prep Academy to build the proper foundation for success. Through Innercity Outreach, and now, Executive Prep Academy of Finance, Omar is able to fulfill his mission to provide all students with what he was not afforded, their right –to obtain a world-class education.