Mission: Spark the interest of underserved youth to create generational wealth in a global society. ACTS Global, Inc. will achieve this through exposure to H.E.A.T - Higher Education, Economics, Agriculture, and Technology.
Vision: Expose the youth to their like-minded peers around the world to foster a multi-cultural appreciation while connecting ideas to solve problems we all face globally.
WHAT H.E.A.T MEANS TO US:
With higher education we will provide the tools to teach students how to apply for college and excel in college including, but not limited to: financial aid, scholarships, resume building and productive study habits. If the student decides college is not the avenue for them, we will help foster their inner skills and pathway to find an appropriate trade for them to excel in after high school.
By improving financial literacy skills, students will understand money management and the critical thinking skills to excel in job training and workforce development. Our students will be introduced to programs that will teach about: the current stock market, investments, personal and savings accounts, and credit to ultimately encourage the idea of creating generational wealth.
When children learn about water and energy cycles, the food chain, and the peculiar needs of individual species, they have a reason to care about all the forces that impact the environment. Students will learn how to create and sustain a healthy way of living by learning how to nurture and grow their own fruits and vegetables in our community garden.
As technology advances, we want to equip each of our students with the essential skills to tackle technical devices. Students will engage in activities such as creating their own apps, as well as to learning how to be proficient in using technological programs.
Jaleesa Smith is dedicated professional with over 7 years of successful experience in youth development, business development, and project coordinating. Jaleesa is a native of Warner Robins, GA where her interest in the youth’s futures developed. She has always played an active role in youth development throughout her life; whether tutoring, coaching, or working as a camp counselor and the after school program at the YMCA. In 2011, Ms. Smith earned her Bachelors in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Business Administration from Savannah State University. In 2013, after receiving her Master’s in Sports Management from Central Michigan University, she acquired various contacts in the sports industry on collegiate and professional level during her stint interning in the Sports Communications Department at Georgia State University and volunteering with the Atlanta Falcons in the Community Relations Department.
Ms. Smith is passionate about making a better situation for less fortunate children. During her time at Savannah State University her passion for the community fostered, where she spent much of her time volunteering with the youth at various after school programs and exposing them to enriching life experiences. Through volunteering with Habitat of Humanity, Hands on Atlanta, and Wilderness Works, Jaleesa gained a thorough understanding that the youth has so much to offer the world with the proper motivation and encouragement. This is where she found her purpose and the need to create ACTS of Atlanta, Inc. In 2015, Ms. Smith co-founded, ACTS Global, Inc. In addition to the nonprofit, Jaleesa is a Business Development Coordinator at Smith, Gambrell and Russell, LLP. Here she has gained valuable knowledge and expanded her network to help further support the mission of ACTS Global, Inc.
Erika Hill provides therapy services to adolescents, adults, and families who want to enhance their career, life, social, and/or relationship building skills. Mrs. Hill has a passion for helping companies, organizations, and families establish a healthy system by empowering each individual with skills to understand and operate as a strong unit. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Behavior Analysis and Sociology at Savannah State University, Mrs. Hill began applying all she had learned to different spaces in the counseling world. Mrs. Hill has expertise in life skills, social development, parenting development, trauma, self-injurious behavior, crisis, and a wide spectrum of behavior and learning disorders with youth. She is trained in Human Empowerment Leadership Principles (HELP), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
In 2016, Mrs. Hill received her Master’s in School Counseling, and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Contemporary Mental Health Services at Capella University, and began working as a professional school counselor for middle school children. In addition to being a professional school counselor, Erika Hill is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, co-founder of ACTS Global, Inc., and is a doctoral candidate for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Sharon R. Odom is CEO and President at 1st Choice Credit Union, a $23M financial institution, headquartered in downtown Atlanta, GA. Prior to her CEO role at 1st Choice, she worked at Delta Community Credit Union (2002 – 2017) as Vice President Strategic Planning & Performance. In that role she provided leadership for enterprise level project/initiative management and, business intelligence/analytics for senior management decision support, governance reporting and the development/tracking for enterprise level strategic planning.
Sharon is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with an MBA from Georgia State University and a B.S in Accounting from the University of Illinois.
I am a photographer, digital creator, and story teller based out of East Atlanta. I have lived in over 20 countries working with local churches, NGOs and governments to promote health and wellness throughout their respective regions. I have worked on product development and marketing for two US based non-profits. I have also worked in local government as the right hand to a local county commissioner.
Dr. SaDohl Jones is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in individual and group counseling with women, children & adolescents. With over 10 years of experience as a mental health clinician. Dr. Jones is the owner of Jones Counseling and Consulting, LLC and Atlanta Mental Health & Wellness Center, LLC. Dr. Jones is also a Counselor Educator with extensive experience training future mental health counselors, school counselors, and counselor educators. Dr. Jones is passionate about Community and Civic Engagement, as well as economic development for marginalized populations. She is currently active in multiple community organizations, including Junior League of DeKalb County, Inc., Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., and Leadership Georgia (Class of 2017). Dr. Jones has founded two non-profit organization for Butterfli Project, Inc and Purple Hearts, Inc both focused on empowering young girls and women respectively.