The Dukes Foundation Corporation (formerly The Dukes Make A Wish Reality Program) is a non-profit 501 C 3 organization founded in 2003, by Horace Dukes. This foundation was formed as a way of providing underprivileged, at-risk young men with haircuts, uniforms and cultural exposure. The program evolved far beyond his imagination to include more young men and in-kind services. The following are the purposes for which this organization has been organized; to provide the tools, opportunities, and support to help at-risk young men dream, achieve, and become healthy, successful adults. The organization will provide each at-risk young man with opportunities to reach his full potential through the organization’s vision of introducing the following six outcomes:
- Enhancing Academic Attitude & Performance
- Providing Peer & Adult Social Skills
- Developing lifelong learners
- Cultivating Personal Growth & Creativity
- Providing at-risk young men with leadership & community services
- Nourishing a healthy, mental, and physical state of being
Each program is in alignment with the purpose of the Dukes Foundation, which is to provide a vehicle for at-risk, low-income, unmotivated young men to drive past adverse circumstances to excellence; to provide mentorship for those students who are in need of guidance; to introduce young men to the fact that they are in control of their lives, their internal state of mind, and of what they give and accomplish in life; to grow and transform the resulting culture of excellence into a culture of outward altruism and internal growth; to resolve, find, and develop leaders today to problems of tomorrow; and to instill mindful living SELF (Serenity, Exercise, Love and Food). By conducting these programs, the Dukes Foundation will meet its purpose of serving underprivileged, low-income, at-risk young men by providing a vehicle to drive past adverse circumstances to excellence. These programs will be market through our future website, email campaigns, community leaders, and mail solicitation
The mission of The Dukes Foundation Corporation is to “provide the tools, opportunities, and support to help at-risk young men dream, achieve, and become healthy, successful adults.” The Dukes Foundation Corporation provides each at-risk young man with opportunities to reach his full potential.
The vision of the Dukes Foundation Corporation is to develop and implement programs that will help young men in the metro Atlanta area realize their full potential by providing academic excellence, community volunteerism and cultural exposure.
An Accredited 501 ©(3) Non Profit Service Organization Provides Youth Mentoring Programs and Support for ‘At Risk’ Young Men in the Urban Communities of Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. Founded by Educator Horace Dukes and Supported by a diverse group of Professionals and Members of the Business and Civic Communities, DUKES FOUNDATION CORPORATION has been successful in transforming the lives of numerous young men through our trademark Youth Mentoring Program.
MESSAGE FROM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
It is my privilege to extend a warm welcome to you on this visit to The Dukes Foundation Website. Enjoy your tour and favor us with comment(s.) I crave for indulgence briefly in reflecting on reasons for my involvement in community service through the establishment and operation of this organization.
I am indebted to my Grandmother, Ms. Eola Dukes and The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for the inspiration to serve with the objective of improving the quality of life for my fellowmen, especially ones with limited opportunities.
As an Educator, I have amassed first-hand knowledge of the needs of students (children.) The conditions of their home(s) and the location of their neighborhood(s) contribute to the state of their mind(s) and self-esteem. With positive motivation they overcome the challenging socio-economic conditions that confront them daily without their choosing. This has sharpened my eyes in diagnosing problems and seeking solutions.
It was during my travels across Metro Atlanta in preparation to celebrate Christmas 2002 that the impact of hopelessness in some neighborhoods captured my attention. As I discussed the wishes of Christmas gifts with a few young men it moved me to get into action immediately to effect change that would result in their wishes being granted. This gave birth to a program called ‘Dukes Make a Wish Reality.’
I called on a couple friends for financial support, the response was overwhelming with the first donation of five hundred dollars. I immediately assembled several young men. We journeyed to buy (them) new clothes & shoes and get them haircuts. After achieving those goals I took them to lunch and dinner then onto a tour of some of Atlanta’s upper income areas (to inspire and motivate them into aiming for excellence.) The gratitude for their wishes being granted was reflected on their faces and in their new found positive attitude. To GOD be the glory!
The vision gave birth to The Dukes Foundation in 2003. After several years of conducting mentoring programs and assisting in grooming numerous young men for ‘Back to School’ and Holiday Seasons we obtained approval as a 501 ©(3) Non-Profit Organization in February 2009.
Through the generosity of numerous supporters we continue to expand our services into improving academic achievements, cultural awareness, mental & physical wellness and personal growth. This has resulted in extraordinary achievement in the CRCT Writing assessment examination by our mentees.
With continued support I pledge to intensify the positive impact of our programs in developing the future leaders of our society.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Horace Dukes, Founder, Chief Executive Officer & President
Diedre Williams, Secretary
James Bonton, M.B.A., Treasurer
Clayton Bell, B.S., M.S., Chief Executive Officer, International System Strategies, Inc.
Gerald Dupree, Jr., Corporate Executive
Evelyn Coats, Attorney at Law, The Coats Law Group
Dr. Kevin Flythe, D.C., Chiropractor, Body Works Chiropractic & Wellness Center
Dr. Michael Smith, M.D.
Dr. Richard Morgan, R.Ph. Piedmont Hospital Pharmacy Management
Dr. George Harrison, M.D. Taylor Regional Medical and Eagle Hospital
Mr. Jamerian Myles, B.A., Owner/Operator, Chick Fil A, Cleveland Avenue
BOARD OF ADVIORS
Ian Ash, MSW., Chief Executive Officer, Providence Hospice, Inc.
Dr. Derrick Beech, M.D., F.A.C.S., Senior Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine
Gregory Bailey, Director of Social Services, Literacy Action, Inc.
Dr. Kathleen Hall, Chief Executive Officer, The Stress Institute
Phyllis Baskin, Director of Administration, Ben Hill United Methodist
Dr. Carole G. Williams, C.F.S.P., Carl F. Williams Funeral Directors, Inc.
Bernard Parks, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, N-Zone Entertainment
Jose Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Erotser, Inc.
Kamau K. Mason, MA Ed, J.D. Educator, Clayton County Schools
Frank McCullough, General Manager, Mezlan Shoes, Phipps Plaza, Atlanta
Courtney Woodson, Life Sciences Technology Consultant
Marc Herring, Information Technology Consultant
Charles Ellis, Jr., Entrepreneur
Don Weston, Loss Preventions Operations Manager, Ford Motor Credit Company
Dr. Jade B. Gillispie, University of Phoenix, Atlanta Campus
Barbara Bieniemy, M.A., M.Ed.
Dr. Bruce Williams, NBCT, Chief Operating Officer
The Rev, Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr., B.A., M.Div., D.Min. Chairman of Religious Affairs
Jean-Luc Amevo, M.B.A., C.P.A., Chief Accounting Officer
Richard E. Williams, Sr. Mentor & Advisor
Micki Esposito, Chief Development Officer
T.S. Mitchell, Esq., Legal Advisor
Solomon Jefferson, B.A., M.Ed., Director of Education
Briggette Woodard, M.A., B.A., Director of Culture
Tuqwan Jordan, B.A., Director of Public Relations
Nicole Lowery, B.A. Assistant Director of Public Relations
Andrew Gordon, M.S.C., Clayton County Mentoring Chapter
Shaquna Gouch, B.A., M.P.A., Web Master
Henry Bailem, B.A., Logistic Manager