"Surround yourself with dreamers and doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don't see it yourself"
TAAACF Youth Leadership Summit
City of Smyrna
200 Village Green Circle
Smyrna, Ga 30080
Morning session: 10.am to 12,00 am
Afternoon session: 12.30pm to 2.30pm
*Things to bring:
*No cell phones in class during presentation
The winner of the 2019 session receives a scholarship.
Our judges make the final decision on the winner based on participation and contributions throughout the day!
The TAAACF mission is to uplift youth of all races, cultures and ethnicities .
Students will be awarded scholarships to attend an accredited college or university of their choice within the United States or Africa. TAAACF scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline.
Captain James C. Reeves was born in Ariton Alabama July 1, 1962. At 4 years of age he and his family moved to Chicago Illinois were he completed high school at Simeon Vocational majoring in machine shop. 1980- After completing high school he and his family returned to Ariton Alabama were he attended Ozark Aviation and Technical College and received his Airframe and Powerplant licenses. 1983 - Captain Reeves began work as an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic for Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne Florida. 1984- He joined the USAF and married Mary Mills of Melbourne Florida resulting in the birth of his daughter Briana Reeves-Jackson in 1987. 1988 He separated from active duty status in the USAF and joined the USAFR, that same year he was also hired by Delta Airlines as an aircraft technician While working as an aircraft technician and participating as a USAF reservist Captain Reeves also established Metro Executive Estates were he owes and manages real estate investment properties. During his tenure as an airman in the USAF Captain Reeves obtained two degrees from the Community College of the Air force one in metallurgy and the other in aircraft maintenance. In 1998 he found a passion for flying and began taking flight lesson at Dobbins AFB in Marietta Ga. 1999- He purchased his own airplane to continue and enhance his flight training. His passion for flying continued to grow which led him to eventually retire from the USAFR in 2006 and Delta Airlines in 2008. In the fall of 2008 he was hired by Pinnacle Airlines as a First Officer piloting the CRJ-200 passenger jet. 2011 he began flying the CRJ-900 passenger jet for Endeavor Airlines a subsidiary’s first Delta Air Lines. 2018 Captain Reeves was awarded the Commanding Officer position, ultimately becoming responsible for the safe transport of his passengers and crew, and also the efficient management of the state of the art aircraft.
Tunde Akinyele was born in Nigeria. He moved to the United States 35 years ago at the age of sixteen, attending the University of South Carolina from 1983 through 1987, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He attended Mercer University School of Business in 1995, receiving a Masters in business degree in Health Policy and Administration. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University College of Law in 2000.
Tunde’s initial career after college was in the environmental industry, where he learned how government laws and regulations applied to work activities of employers and employees. He was a bridge between employers and the employees, to make sure that both sides followed all applicable federal and local laws. He later worked for a law firm in Decatur that was the general counsel for a major health care system. His job required him to prepare and review due diligence material for major sales of hospitals and health care centers. The legal aspects of his work in both the environment and healthcare industries piqued his interest and as a result, he decided to go to law school to further his career.
While in law school, Tunde interned for the Governor’s office of Consumer Affairs, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and was a paid full-year intern for the Georgia Supreme Court. He was a member on the Georgia State mock trial team that won two national championships. He also successfully represented the College of law at the National Moot Court Competition and the National Appellate Advocacy Competition.
Since finishing law school in 2000, he has successfully progressed in his legal career. He started as an Assistant Solicitor in the DeKalb County Solicitor’s office. He then transitioned to become an Assistant District Attorney in the Fulton County District Attorney’s office. He returned to DeKalb County District attorney’s office in 2003, where he worked for ten years, before leaving in April of 2013 to start his own law practice. As a solo-practitioner, he has practiced in the areas of criminal defense, immigration, administrative, juvenile, family law and civil litigation. He was appointed as an Associate Judge in the City of Lithonia Municipal Court in August, 2014. He simultaneously was designated by the Chief Judge of DeKalb County State Court to sit as a State Court Judge. He has sat for 10 out of the 11 judges, trying criminal cases and civil cases. He has also sat as a judge in the City of Chamblee Municipal Court and as a hearing officer in the City of Clarkston. He is a current Pro Tem Judge in DeKalb Juvenile Court and he is the current chief judge in Lithonia.
He has been on the final shortlist for DeKalb County Judicial appointments on four occasions, interviewing twice with Governor Perdue and twice with Governor Deal. He is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American Bar Association, the Gate City Bar Association, GABWA, DeKalb Bar Association and DeKalb Lawyers Association. He has been a board member of a number of organizations.
Michelle is a native of New York and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia. Michelle completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Bethel University. Her professional experience includes family medicine, internal medicine, mental health, pediatrics, women’s health, general surgery, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and ophthalmology.
Michelle moved to Atlanta in 2010 to work for a local healthcare nonprofit as an AmeriCorps volunteer. She continues to be actively involved in the community through the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.
She currently lives in Marietta, Georgia and enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Mel Farr, Jr. was born in Santa Monica, California. Raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, he attended Brother Rice High School an all-boys catholic school. While at Brother Rice, he excelled both academically and athletically. He was a pivotal reason Brother Rice won the 1983 Michigan High School State Championship as a star running back on the team. That athletic performance combined with stellar academics garnered him a scholarship to UCLA where he followed in his father's footsteps to being a Bruin. Immediately making an impact he played as a true freshman, this was at a time when most college freshman were red-shirted. Exactly 20 years to the date when his father started as half back in the 1966 Rose Bowl, he started at Full Back in the 1986 Rose Bowl helping UCLA win its 3rd Rose Bowl in 4 Years. Mel Jr as they called him, was a 3 Year starter and joined a host of bruins to become drafted into the NFL. After a stint with the Denver Broncos, he played in the 1989 NFC Championship game for the Los Angeles Rams. After finishing his professional career in the World League of American football, Mel, Jr. continued to follow in his father's
Joseph Malbrough owns and operates The UPS Store on Cobb Parkway in Smyrna, Georgia.
He was selected as the Smyrna Business Associations Business of the Year in 2018, where he serves on their Board of Directors as the Expo Chair and is a Past President.
Joseph also serves as an Ambassador for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of The Campbell High School Partners in Education and Chair of Antioch Christian Entrepreneurs. He also was a Team Captain for the Atlanta Super Bowl 53.
Professionally, he has excelled in business development roles at The Metro Atlanta Chamber, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Entrepreneur Advisors and Motorola Communications.
A native of Beaumont, Texas; He received a Bachelor of Communications degree from Lamar University. He and his wife Cara reside in Smyrna with their sons Evan and Jared.
Tyrone Poole (born February 3, 1972) is a retired American professional football player who played 13 seasons as a cornerback in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers 22nd overall of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fort Valley State.