Bob Mackey is dynamic and caring professional who uses his gifts for inspiration and motivation to inspire young men and women to achieve success in life. Bob was born into poverty in the small town of Center, Georgia. Raised by his grandmother, uncle, single mother, and “whoever was off work at the time,” Bob soon realized that the odds were stacked against him. Like many at-risk youth, Bob was in danger of becoming a dropout statistic. Though he was placed in an academic program for gifted students, he spent most of his school days in in-school suspension programs. By the age of 15 he was well on his way down the road to failure, affiliating with the wrong crowd and neglecting his once-promising educational future. Bob experienced firsthand the power of “each one, teach one” and with that support he turned his life around.
Bob’s record of service to youth is impressive for such a young man. He was the first child out of his six siblings to graduate from college, receiving his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. He became one of the youngest Juvenile Probation Officers in the State of Georgia from 2005-2009. He also served as the Regional Director of Education, Senior Club Director, & various positions for the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia /Metro Atlanta, where he has been credited by all who know him for increasing graduation rates for club members by 87%, decreasing school discipline referrals by 50%, and decreasing juvenile delinquency rates by 30%.
Bob has spoken before over 40,000 youth and adults and developed successful programs for schools, clubs and organizations all over the South, which has led him to the founding of M-Powering Choices. Bob is inspired by the conviction that authentic community involvement brings transformation for everyone involved.
“I’ve seen the worst of struggles and promised to reach back into the lives of others, and elevate, educate, motivate, & inspire change through ongoing cross-cultural relationships.”
Bob’s work with youth is getting results, in part because of his ability to engage and inspire, but also because he follows through with the students with whom he works. 100% of the young men who completed his initial mentoring program went on to work or college, and of those, 80% went to the college of their choice–very impressive by anyone’s standards.
Listen to one of Mackey’s first 50 mentees who shared his life-changing experiences about Bob’s influence: “Mr. Mackey influenced me to actually put in the work and look for colleges and introduced me to very well respected and amazing people in our community. Without him pushing me to do that, there’s no telling where I might have been. I recently graduated from Marion with an Associate’s Degree in military science and my commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.”
Bob has worked with many notable community leaders such as City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; former DeKalb District Attorney J. Tom Morgan; Chairman of Fulton County John Eaves; Alicia Phillips, President of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta; David Johns of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Former Vice Chair of Georgia Board of Regents Felton Jenkins, Vice President of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Loraine Orr; Executive Director of Atlanta CARES Brenda Coleman, and Robin Ferst, Founder of the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. He has also earned the endorsement of ESPN Reporter/ Author Mark Schlabach, R & B Singer Bobby Valentino, Producer Jon Siskel; NBA Professional Basketball Player Dwight Howard, NFL Player Willie Whitehead, MY BROTHER’S KEEPER, White House Initiative, and Be Someone Founder Orrin Checkmate Hudson.
A devoted community leader, Bob is active with several community organizations, the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, and his local Chamber of Commerce. Bob’s magazine for parents is distributed in ten states & two countries. In 2010 he nominated a family for Extreme Home Makeover and watched the community come together to build a home in seven days on national television! He helped provide over $75,000 to local non – profits. Through his community work in 2013 and over $40,000 in 2014. Bob and his wife Bridget are proud parents of a beautiful daughter and a handsome son.
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