Ja'Vonte Wills is a native of Fairfield, California. His
aspirations to work with youth began on a mission trip to the
Philippines. During the powerful 2-week experience, he most enjoyed
visiting schools and talking to youth about their hopes as well as the
hardships they faced in their daily lives. During this trip, Ja'Vonte also
participated in a basketball program, holding mini camps for the kids which
provided an opportunity for them to practice their basketball skills and learn
more about the sport. In addition, Ja'Vonte competed in exhibition games
against local amateur teams, which the kids really enjoyed watching. The
connection he built with the children he met during this time led Ja'Vonte to
seek a way to help youth closer to home and make a longer-term impact.
studied Psychology at Solano Community College and worked for a time in the
fitness industry. About a year ago, Ja'Vonte began work as a Behavior Technician
in the Sacramento area, where he excelled in his 1:1 work with children on the
autism spectrum. Realizing he wanted to have a greater impact with youth
in a more holistic manner, he was excited when he learned about Friends
of the Children from a close friend, who is also a Professional Mentor with
Ja'Vonte loves music and dancing and DJs in his spare time.
Ja'Vonte's favorite music artist of all time is Michael Jackson. He also loves
basketball (but is not a Golden State Warriors fan).
“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved
and believes in the goodness in people” – Roy T. Bennett.