MEET THE FOUNDER
Ashanti played as a D-1 college athlete for the Jacksonville University Women's basketball team all four years from 2008-2012. In high school, she played for the Suncoast High School Chargers in which she was named Palm Beach County All-Preseason after scoring over 1,000 points in three seasons. As a junior, she earned second team all-state and first team all-county accolades after leading the Chargers to their second consecutive county title with team high averages of 15.8 points, 4.8 assists and 3.2 steals per contest.
Ms. Ashanti Jackson serves as founder and CEO of Gameface 4:13 Training Academy. Since its inception, Ashanti has grown the academy by leveraging the popularity of basketball to produce strategic solutions for inner-city children and families. Ashanti has provided scholarships for youth participants by raising over $10K in direct cash and in-kind contributions. She’s built relationships with community and faith-based organizations and middle schools, increasing awareness, creating synergies and collaborating on innovative processes. She has also created a staff-recruiting pipeline and volunteer development program inclusive of metrics that ensure success and empower both staff and volunteers to lead with skill and passion. She has created character leadership environment where pioneers within in the community share their knowledge with both youth and staff. And equally important, she’s created A
reproducible system for future camps in cities across America.
Driven by a vision to holistically impact the community through civic pursuit, Ashanti also serves the Jacksonville, FL community by teaching in the Duval County public and charter school systems. She has taught subjects of Civics, law-studies, American/World history, and character-leadership in which ethics, real-world life skills and critical thinking are taught to students. Under Ashanti’s leadership and supervision, community mentorship has increased within the classroom and a new Black History Fair program has been incorporated within school-supported activities.
Previously, Ashanti served on the Southpoint Community Church Outreach Coordination Team. In this role, Ashanti worked along side regional leaders to initiate and grow a college ministry on the Jacksonville University campus that elevated campus life for both domestic and international students by planning and promoting events and leadership development training. In this role, Ashanti also created a Female Empowerment program, empowered female to lead in combating social issues on campus including crime, sexual and physical abuse, alcohol consumption and suicide. Ashanti successfully established a relationship with the Dean’s office and student life departments that strategically aligned with the university mission and uplifted the campus values and goals, socially and academically. She also established a financial partnership team, raising more than $65,000 over the course of 3 years. Ashanti’s philanthropic pursuits have included volunteering at the local YMCA, Chaplin and Mentor of Jacksonville University Division One Women’s Basketball Team, Duval County Basketball Coach, Riverside Youth Basketball League, Southpoint Community Church Character-Leadership Teacher, and serving globally on college campuses in South America through the Every Nation Churches Campus Engagement and Community Service program.
Ashanti earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and minor in graphic design. Her passions are sports, art and design, HGTV, reading, and traveling.
A LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER
Over the course of several years and more specifically, after my first year as a public school teacher, I realized there were three key areas within our community through which youth fall: physical (health), mental (academics) and spiritual (ethical and moral character). After careful consideration, encouragement from mentors and God given inspiration, in 2014 I was driven to create Gameface 4:13 Training Academy. Gameface 4:13 Training Academy mentioned above, empowering, building character and producing young leaders. With a mission so large, it is impossible to achieve alone. We have many partners and supporters, but need more. In fact, we need you. Please join us on this journey as we leave a legacy as a change agent and game-changer for the community.
The very fabric and DNA of our organization is mentorship. We mentor youth through three life-changing channels: physical training, mental training and spiritual training. Our organization desires to give youth a powerful head start in these three specific areas, by designing strategic methods that are creative, fun and innovating.
As the founder of the organization, my heart is to be a great steward of the talents Christ has given me and use those specific talents to impact youth and families. I am passionate to lead youth toward holistic success with the help of friends, family, partners, and community leaders. I have confidence this vision will succeed.