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Developing Young People into Leaders
James Piper Bond
For the past 28 years, James Piper Bond has dedicated his life to developing character, strength, dreams and integrity within the hearts and souls of thousands of disadvantaged youth and young adults in the Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. areas.
Bond was recently named Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
His passion for helping young people to succeed has enabled him to build and expand upon a model organization focused on preparing young minds for the future. His organization, Living Classrooms is leader among similar institutions in America. The results that Living Classrooms have achieved through its students, reach far beyond communities in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
As the CEO of Living Classrooms, Bond has transformed the lives of youths by providing them with extraordinary life experiences and helping them to view life from a new perspective – well beyond the neighborhoods in which they live.
The organization has an amazing array of programs to enhance the educational experiences of children, beginning in grade school.
One of the organization’s programs, Fresh Start, is a national model for the U.S. Department of Labor. It is a program for teenage boys, primarily African-Americans 16 to 19 years old, who have dropped out or been suspended from school, or have been involved with the law and are not engaged in a traditional education system. “Our job is to work with them for 40 weeks and then two years of aftercare,” says Bond.
These young people are beginning to realize that they have the ability to lead extraordinary lives and that they can have a positive impact on their families and their communities.
With well over 50 programs, Living Classrooms serves as an extension to 300 schools in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas by providing children of all ages with opportunities to learn life skills that will enable them to become outstanding citizens and leaders.
Bond enthusiastically shared his passion for helping young people realize their true potential, and giving them the courage to believe in themselves.