A firm believer in a community pulling itself up by its bootstraps, Lewis Spears has devoted his life and career to manifesting this philosophy. Lewis is no stranger to the ills that plague Jersey City. Having been born and raised in the Booker T. Washington Projects, he saw, first-hand how a lack of education, direction, and mentorship negatively impacts one’s quality of life. Determined to change the narrative and break generational and institutional curses, he embarked on a journey to uplift his community by transforming lives-one young person at a time.
Lewis is grounded in his faith and is an active member of his church community. He is happily married to Dr. Myriam Spears and a proud dad to AJ. He is committed to building their family while continuing to create a legacy of upward mobility and service.
This program aspires to increase productive behaviors and lifestyles in youth and will be delivered in an afterschool program model at participating Jersey City Public schools. The main goal of this enterprise is to provide a constructivist approach to developing good character. The curriculum highlights prominent Black/Latino men who made significant contributions to the world and expands their knowledge of the business sector and other areas through project- based learning. Kismet of Kings fosters supportive mentor/mentee relationships with community leaders in Jersey City, NJ that will promote increased academic success, positive self-image and unwavering character in order to create productive members of society. It provides warranted constructive modeling and a variety of opportunities for teens to explore cultural-historical pedagogy.