These are a few words to describe this Boston, Massachusetts native. Armed with a trademarked style, incomparable insight, and a signature delivery of the truth. Mr. Lewis is a leading expert on PRISON RE-ENTRY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, TRAUMA, and MENTOR-SHIP AND SELF-EMPOWERMENT.
Lewis has gained a reputation as a compelling, inspirational, and knowledgeable speaker and trainer.
His ability to evoke deeper thinking, compassion, and a sense of accountability, has brought him to the for front of….ex-offender reform, personal development and financial self-sufficiency.
Lewis is the Founder & COO of Pathway to Redemption, a re-entry program that focuses on job creation, mentor-ship, employment, entrepreneurship, spiritual guidance and financial self-sufficiency.
The heartbeat of Mr. Lewis’s life has been his tireless work with young boys and men of color that have been disenfranchised and marginalized for most of their lives. In the late 80’s and 90’s, when gang violence and the murder rate was at the highest peak, Mr. Lewis played an active role in decreasing violence among Boston’s most notorious gangs.
In 2001, in the midst of a resurgence of violent crime and the escalating numbers of youth that were being committed to the Massachusetts Department of Youth Service (DYS). Mr. Lewis developed Hoopz Excellence (HE), a youth program that is designed to focus on academic enrichment, gang prevention & intervention, character building, health and fitness. Hoopz Excellence has decreased the truancy rate of the students that are enrolled in the program by 80%.
In December 2014, Mr. Lewis will celebrate one of his most rewarding accomplishments to date - the 10th Anniversary of the Gordon “Flash” Lewis memorable STOP THE VIOLENCE basketball tournament. The tournament brings together hundreds of youths of all ages from across the city and the New England area. The tournament promotes peace, friendly competition, and serves as a platform to discuss violence in the community.
In addition to his work with youth and families, Mr. Lewis has also worked diligently with the Suffolk County House of Correction on their Boston Re-entry Initiative. During a three year process the Initiative reduced recidivism by 35%.
Mr. Lewis worked as a union organizer for SEIU 1199 for a number of years, where he organized a successful strike with 600 home care workers demanding higher wages and better work conditions.
He has been awarded numerous community and civil recognition's over the past 25 years.
In addition, Mr. Lewis was handpicked by Mayor Walsh to be on the advisory committee for Boston‘s chapter of President’s Obama’s My Brother Keeper initiative.
Lastly, Mr. Lewis is a father of four and resides in Jamaica Plan, MA with his family.
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