In 1993 Jeff joined Unity One and the ongoing efforts to increase the peace in Los Angeles communities. In this process Jeff found a fulfillment and gratification that had not been filled with his years of street and prison life. Jeff has been in the frontlines in the work of intervention on a variety of levels including but not limited to conflict mediation & resolution, teaching life management skills, youth & adult mentoring and one on one counseling. Jeff is a certificated Gang Intervention Specialist and currently serves as Unity One, Programs Director.
For 19 years Meschellia has dedicated her time and energy to empowering young men and women through evidence based tools, programs, interactive trainings workshops and conferences that promote positive successful outcomes. As a female (woman) born and raised in the Los Angeles/Inglewood area and having been a teenager exposed to gang culture and lifestyles, Meschellia knows the commitment that it takes to "empower, educate and enhance our youth and their parents so that they can excel in today's challenges". Meschellia is trained and certified as a Gang Intervention / Prevention Specialist and also to Facilitate and Educate in Breakthrough Parenting, Anger Management, Child/Adolescent Disruptive Behavior, Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Domestic Violence Awareness, and rode with the (D.A.R.T.) unit a Domestic Violence Awareness Response Team with the 77TH Police Station, and also facilitates Group Mentoring Workshops, and provides services as an Executive Life Skills Coach.
"My spirit is to help my brother; my heart is to save my community!" Rico, attended the infamous Markham Jr. High later was rewarded through his hard work and athletic talents to attend Verbum Dei High and Compton Community College. At 38yrs of age Rico, serves as Unity One Coordinator for the Watts area. His experience in community intervention is branded not only through his community's respect, 10 years experience, but also with a certification as a Gang Intervention/Prevention Specialist, Pat Brown Institute at UCSLA.
At age 10, Compston joined a street gang and began a cycle of jail and prison terms. Upon his release from his last prison term, Compston met with Bo Taylor, Bo supported him in his vision to be a positive individual in the community. Compston began to work in his community as a mentor, outreach worker and conflict mediator. While serving as mentor at a local charter school many of his mentees graduated. Currently, Compston is a area coordinator for Unity One and works with (4) community interventionists. In addition, he works on the Community Reentry Program with the Federal Probation Department in Inglewood where the program has graduated four classes. In 2009, Compston coached kids at USC for the NFL football camp. He is also a PCITI graduate.
Darrell grew up in the streets of Los Angeles and has transformed his lifestyle to where he created opportunities for himself and now impacts others positively. Unity One has supported Darrell in this work since 2005. Darrell's approach is to talk to one kid at a time, one homie at a time. Darrell keeps it simple and works within stride.
A native Angeleno, Angel serves as a community intervention outreach worker. Angel's role as a female gender specific specialist allows her to manifest her passion to support young ladies in achieving their short and long term goals while incorporating lady etiquette into her approach. Angel is fulfilled when she reaches one lady to take positive action for herself, then both have achieved.
A professional vocalist Mildred has a passion for music, theatre and writing; with these assets she has undertaken a commitment to mentor young ladies while actively teaching and engaging them in etiquette classes. Mildred favors the theme of confidence as an element for success; she has a Bachelor in Science from Biola University.
His purpose in life is to stay humble and balanced. Having a moderate educational background, Pervis has an undergraduate in Criminal Justice from East Los Angeles Community College 1983-84. He motivates young people to get out of gangs and into the gym, off the streets and into school. Pervis believes that if you change the behavior, you change the result. Pervis is inspired and has been in the field of community intervention & gang prevention for (15) years. Pervis prides himself in that he has lived through his own challenges and his ability to empathize, organize, communicate with, and motivate people.
Donny's commitment to gang intervention is of over 20 years, long before his days with Unity One. Donny has had many sleepless nights in Watts' communities resolving conflicts and working for peace. Donny has been in the frontlines for two decades and brings his experience and hardcore intervention trials and successes to Unity One. Donny gives thanks to Bo Taylor for reaching out and to Unity One for their ongoing support since 2007.
Willie is 44 years of age, born in California and was raised in the Watts Jordan Downs since the age of 10. He attended Markham Jr. High and Jordan High School where he met his wife. They married in 1984 and have (4) children including a set of twins. Willie attended the "Million Man March" where he reunited with minister Farrakhan whom he had met in 1992, when Farrakhan personally requested to meet Willie as a result of his role in the development of the Watts Cease Fire Agreement. In 1996, Willie was assistant coach when Compton Pop Warner won its first Super Bowl in Division Clinic.
Marlon has been with Unity One for (7) years, while incarcerated Marlon would call home and speak to Bo and share with him his desire to live a different lifestyle. Bo told Marlon to call when released. Upon Marlon's release; he went directly to Bo and began a path of working for peace. Marlon has had the blessing to be a part of rebuilding our communities and has worked in schools, mentored kids and counseled adults.
Born in Belize C.A., Tracey moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17. In 2003, Lincoln joined Bo Taylor in Unity One; Lincoln brings a diversity of wealth, knowledge and talents to Unity One. He has earned numerous certifications and awards over the years including "Ambassador for Peace, 2008"; PCITI-Maximum Force and Intervention Specialist Training, Pat Brown Institute.
Damond grew up in a fatherless home environment and lived through the battlegrounds of detention camp, youth authority and penitentiary systems. After surviving these elements and his close encounters with death, Damond met Bo Taylor and joined Unity One. Damond has become an established Intervention Prevention Specialist where he utilizes a recording studio to work with at risk youth and has his own record label. In addition, Damond serves as an assistant coach to the Beverly Hills Gator Jr. Clinic football program.
Tyrone brings his motivation, experiences and knowledge to Unity One. Born in Los Angeles California, Tyrone has firsthand experience of the epidemic of gang violence that plagues the community. Although his past is an expression of the problem, today Tyrone is a part of the solution. Upon his return back into mainstream society, Tyrone vowed to only mirror a positive image to the community from which he evolved. In 2005, Tyrone began working with youth and sharing his story as a deterrence from gang affiliation. He also used his influence to intervene and give positive solutions to situations. A long time associate of the late Bo Taylor, Bo recognized Tyrone's efforts and goals and introduced him to the Unity One Foundation. In 2009, Tyrone was summoned to come aboard and join Unity One and has completed the Professional Community Intervention Training Institute with Maximum Force Enterprises.