Founder & Director

Joseph  Hooks

Joseph is an emerging leader, small business minority business owner, program specialist, community advocate and coach. He is currently a full-time Youth Development Specialist at Watkins Mill High School Wellness center and oversees 480 Club staff located at Gaithersburg High School partnered with Identity Inc. offering coordinated medical care, quality counseling, positive youth development, health education, and case management in a confidential and culturally sensitive manner. Mr. Hook’s also known as “Coach Hooks” has a partnership with Montgomery County Recreation Excel Beyond the Bell program providing positive role model coaches to teach fundamental team sports with a PYD approach to keep youth safe, build self-confidence and gain healthy relationships in a safe space after school at local middle schools and elementary schools. Mr. Hooks will be also implementing an Intramurals sports program with a message during the school day each season to help improve the overall school culture with themes of empowerment that unifies every student, teacher, and faculty that will be beneficial to academic classroom.

Joseph began his career as a recreation specialist for Montgomery Village Foundation, Department of Juvenile Services, and National Center for Children and Families. Working on the front line of those organizations, he coordinated many programs, recreational activities, teen center programming, and special events. Also, as a MCPS educator and School Liaison, he worked in many classrooms providing academic supports from grades K-12. He most recently comes from working with the Montgomery County States Attorney Office as a Truancy Prevention Coordinator working with local middle school students and families to re-engage an connect them back to higher education and promotion of a growth mindset. Joseph has a deep knowledge of counseling, trauma-informed care, mentoring and positive youth development practices. 



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