Jesse Owens


Years in Program

​Currently an employee at USPS

How has being a part of Bankhead Boys Association helped you?  The Bankhead Boys Association has played a major role in my life. It has taught me how to be a great leader, how to use my natural surroundings for tools for survival, self-respect and most of all how to work as a team.

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at a part of the Bankhead Boys Association?  I would say the most important thing I learned was each one teach one. Teach others what I have learned, and to help them to be better than I was and to be successful.​

What's your favorite memory during your time?  My favorite memory was definitely going on field trips. Growing up in the system, you can only go as far as someone was willing to take you. To be able to get out and to enjoy life knowing that it's more to life outside the four walls. I used to think it was boundaries until I realize the boundaries were never there it’s the system that makes us think it is one.

Why is Bankhead Boys Association important to current youth in Atlanta?  I think it’s important because the younger kids need it. They need that positive male and female role model, that guidance and that little extra push away from home. It so many things that school didn't teach us that I learned through BBA. Not only that it's a great way to keep the younger men safe and out of trouble. It's a great networking tool to meet many people through sponsors, summer camp trips, events and meetings. I can't say it enough that without this program I wouldn't be who I am today. I can't say it will save every young man future, but it will save more than half.