Mikey Davis, Community Outreach & Events Coordinator
Lil Mikey is a young man whom at the age of 15 was incarcerated serving a three year sentence in the Juvenile Justice system leaving behind three younger siblings. At the age of 18 upon returning home he made the decision wanting better for his family and himself. With his father being incarcerated since he was only a few months old and his mother going through her issues with drugs and finding herself, it was hard trying to be a big brother and a provider at such a young age. Struggling to find a job it was difficult not just giving up but he kept pushing until something had come about.
Thanks to a great support system and a mentor like Cobe staying on him made it a little easier to stay focus. As times got better, he decided to use his past as a guide in helping the youth of today see hope by being able to relate in age and everyday life which made a greater impact in the work. Today he works with youth on a daily about staying positive and avoiding violence. Engaging in Peace Circles with young men through The Becoming A Man program and being the youngest employed worker and volunteer of the Ceasefire organization and campaign to stop shootings, violence and mediate conflicts.
Working with Joakim Noah after he reached out to Cobe upon seeing The Interrupter's documentary has been a dream come true for not only the youth but for Mikey himself witnessing the compassion and care from these two men about this work to create a source in helping better the youth. Conducting NAF community tournaments throughout the city bringing guys from different groups and neighborhoods together. Mikey lives everyday of life believing and knowing "today is what you make it". Great things have come his way even when he didn't see it and he set out to help others see that there is hope.