Race for Achievement was established by a group of Young Educated Professionals to provide pathways to education and academic excellence for students primarily in the Lowcountry and Upstate regions of South Carolina and the Charlotte Metropolitan region.
To encourage and promote the uplifting of communities through advocating and supporting initiatives for challenged youths and distressed communities.
The fore long future of our organization is to help lower high school dropout rates, increase standardized test scores, and increase college enrollment.
- To educate the participants through firsthand experiences
- To encourage youth to actively advocate for improvement in society
- To place youth in environments that inspires professionalism
- To motivate the determination to excel in community service, educational endeavors, and mentoring
- To create and sustain (4) college tours per semester, per region
Dominique Gray, CCM co-founder
Mr. Gray was born in Washington D.C., but calls Charleston, SC home. Graduate of James Island Charter High, he received his B.S. in Hotel Restaurant & Tourism Management with a concentration on Club Management from the University of South Carolina. Something he believes "would have been unachievable without the assistance of organizations like R4A". He is looking forward to guiding the youth to achieving their goals through high education.
Anthony Harley co-founder
Mr. Harley is a James Island, SC native. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel, "The Military College of South Carolina", class of 2010. He still resides in Charleston with wife Breauna and daughters Ariel and Aurora. A.J. is currently a Financial Specialist and enjoys spending his free time with family and friends and keeping up with the multiple organizations he is involved with. A.J. wants to ensure that other young scholars in his community have a chance to reach their full potential.
Rashaad Lennen co-founder
Mr. Lennen is a native of Charleston, SC. He received his B.S. in Information Systems Engineering from Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, NC. Upon graduation Mr. Lennen decided to dedicate his life to helping youth by becoming a high school technology teacher at KIPP Charlotte. He is also involved in various organizations that provide structure, guidance, and assistance to many in the community.
Ryon Smalls, J.D. co-founder
Mr. Smalls was primarily raised in Charleston, SC. A 2007 graduate of James Island Charter High School, and graduate from the University of South Carolina -Upstate. Where he majored in History with a concentration in Education. Currently a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve - S.C. National Guard, and a recent law school graduate. "The vision is to not only help guide and mentor as many young scholars as possible, but to help the community as a whole through educational based experiences."
Jasmine Blair, M.Ed.
Jerrica Turner, MBA
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