At the age of 21, Jason co-founded The Brotherhood Sister Sol during his senior year at Brown University. Today, what began as “Da’ Brotherhood,” working with 15 young men in Providence, has grown into an internationally renowned social justice youth development organization. During the organization’s first decade Jason served as Co-Executive Director, helping to build a strong foundation and establish the organization’s signature programs. Currently, as the Associate Executive Director for Programming & Training, Jason oversees all youth development programming at BroSis, as well as the organization’s professional development efforts, whereby nearly 3,000 educators across the country have been trained on our unique pedagogical approach to youth development.
Jason has traveled extensively in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean for personal study and as an educational guide. For 7 years, from 2006 to 2013 Jason lived in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, Brazil. There he studied Afro-Brazilian culture, learned and implemented permaculture techniques, and was involved in a variety of community organizing and youth development efforts, including the establishment of a formal branch of The Brotherhood Sister Sol – Irmaõs Unidos.
Over the years Jason has received numerous awards including an Echoing Green Fellowship, the Community Works “Long Walk to Freedom Award”, the Fund for the City of New York’s “Union Square Award”, the Brown University Alumni Association’s “Public Service Award”, the Abyssinian Development Corporation’s “Harlem Renaissance Award”, the Oprah Winfrey “Use Your Life Award”, and the Ford Foundation’s “Leadership for a Changing World” award.
Jason has served on the Board of Directors of The New York Foundation, The Fund for Social Change and of Educators for Social Responsibility.