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Keith Jackson, Founder & President

An award winning, Youth Development Professional for four decades, Keith Jackson founded DSY in 2005 to provide an opportunity for students to develop self-value, reevaluate their situations and maintain a position in instream education and school life. Jackson brings DSY a history of mentoring, coaching and advocating for youth. He has a proven approach to youth-focused programming that builds rapport, fosters self-confidence, engages a sense of community, and empowers youth to reach beyond expectations and improve their educational performance.

Professional Qualifications:

Restorative Justice Facilitator, Diversity Trainer, Certification, (AOE), Alameda Office of Educ. Glen Singleton, (PEG)Pacific Education Group, Instructor

Mentoring Program Designer & Implementor, Certification, UC Berkeley, (TMC) The Mentoring Center, Martin Jacks, Instructor

Mentor Trainer & Recruiter, Certification, UC Berkeley, (TMC) The Mentoring Center, Martin Jacks, Instructor

Certified Family & Youth Communication Trainer, The Parent Project

Certified Youth Development Professional, YMCA of the USA, Education & Leadership Training Program

Client List

Tamalpais Unified School District

Marin County Superior Court

City of Richmond, California

Marin County Juvenile Hall

Juvenile Probation Department, Marin County

Martin Luther King, Jr School, Sausalito School District

San Rafael School District, Marin County

Marin County, County Community School


In 2014 he was awarded the Marin County Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, for a life-time of dedication to working for and with young people; he has received several youth-related awards and was invited to serve on a panel for the National African American Drug Policy Coalition in Washington D.C.

Prior to establishing DSY, Jackson was a Partner Owner at Dynamic Solutions, Unlocking Change, Inc. training organizational communications. He was hired as a Mentor Recruiter by The YMCA, YWCA, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership & (CASA) The Court Appointed Special Advocacy Association. 


His other work focused on mentoring, coaching, counseling with Heritage Riders Horsemen's Assoc., Marin Boys & Club, (CYCC) Pop's Warner Football Program; Marin Catholic High School; San Rafael High School, Marin County Community School; and serving on the Board of Directors for Marin Grassroots Leadership Institute, a community activist organization, and Gospel Fellowship Church.


Marin County, Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, 2014, Employee of the Year, Youth Development Award, YMCA of the North Bay, CA, 2004, Youth Awareness Program Award, ‘R.E.A.L. Choices Program’ at San Quetin Prison, CA, 2005, Parent of The Year Award, Gospel Fellowship Baptist Church, Most Helpful Parent, San Pedro Elementary School PTA, 2000

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