The Jonathan Jones Next Step Foundation and EcoSneakers.Org partnered to bring awareness around sustainability during America Recycles Week. The organizations teamed up to collect gently used-not abused shoes from members of the Carrollton community, while also encouraging community members to get out and walk to the drop boxes. Jones and his foundation also partnered with Walmart to provide over 100 pairs of shoes to children in need. The shoes that were collected (recycle), will be cleaned and distributed to communities in need (reuse) in hopes to keep shoes out of the landfills (reduce). Jones and his team are looking forward to partnering with EcoSneakers.Org to continue to spread awareness and distribute shoes to families in need.
The Jonathan Jones Next Step Foundation, in partnership with Walmart, hosted the Holiday Extravaganza at the Arthur M. Blank YMCA. Each child present received a brand new pair of shoes as well as a holiday gift. This event had giveaways, games and creative stations.
In December, students are pushing their desks out of the way for the Get Active Coding Challenge during Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week. Unruly Studios is partnering with Patriots football star and two-time Superbowl champion Jonathan Jones to make computer science in K-8 education more approachable, fun, and physically active.
Patriots Cornerback Jonathan Jones is in the Zone and Joins Black History Speaker Series Lineup to Inspire Phalen Scholars
(Indianapolis, Indiana) - New England Patriots Cornerback Jonathan Jones is on a mission to inspire the youth as the newest participant in Phalen Leadership Academies’ 2022 Black Speaker Series.
As a junior in high school, Jonathan was one of the top high school hurdlers in the country. He placed third in the New Balance Nationals and won the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics National Championship in the 110-meter hurdles. He went on to become a four-year starter at cornerback at Auburn University and signed with the Patriots in 2016.
“Black History Month is a time to celebrate and recognize the contributions of so many Black Americans who strengthen the moral, cultural, intellectual, spiritual, and economic fabric of our society. We are beyond excited that Jonathan has joined our lineup of speakers to inspire scholars to dream beyond present-day and into the future," said PLA Founder & CEO, Earl Martin Phalen.
This year, PLA's Black History Month theme is “Be the Light.” With this in mind, PLA launched a speaker series to show scholars that no dream is out of their reach. During the series, some of the most inspirational speakers and leaders of color will show scholars what is possible and encourage them to build, dream and lead. Other featured speakers include:
Kamilah Forbes, Apollo Theatre
Louis Fouche, Saxophonist, Stephen Colbert Late Night Show
Valerie Mitchell-Johnston, Sesame Street
Carl Davis, Current New England Patriots Player
Davon Godchaux, Current New England Patriots Player
Deatrich Wise, Jr., Current New England Patriots Player
Ketsia Vedrine, Nickelodeon Studios
The series will take place every Friday in the month of February, with two conversations happening simultaneously per session. The conversations are targeted towards K-6 scholars and then 7-12 scholars.
Professional Football Player Jonathan Jones Partners with Grace House Ministries, Donates $15,000
Professional football player and two-time Super Bowl Champion Jonathan Jones of Carrollton, GA has partnered with Grace House Ministries of Birmingham, AL. for a $15,000 donation.
“I am excited to be in a position to give back to these young women during a critical part of their lives,” said Jones, who is a 2015 graduate of Auburn University and current cornerback for the New England Patriots. “Giving back is a passion of mine, and if there is something I can do to help and pour into the lives of those who are in need, I will position myself and my foundation to do so.”
Jones’ foundation, the Jonathan Jones Next Step Foundation, Inc., established in 2019, has a mission to educate the youth on practical life application, encourage professional development and empower the youth through education and leadership.
“We are so grateful to receive this support from the Jonathan Jones Next Step Foundation” shared Pamela Reed Phipps, Executive Director of Grace House Ministries. “The girls we serve are in foster care through no fault of their own, but with the help of our partners like Jonathan Jones, we can equip them with the tools they need to overcome generational cycles of poverty and abuse.”
Jones’ organization will contribute $15,000 to fund a full year of car insurance for 5 girls in Grace House’s Transitional Living Program (TLP). Grace House's two on-campus TLP homes provide no-cost housing, intensive skill building, and 24/7 care 10 girls ages 16-19.5. TLP serves an additional 10 girls - former residents who are enrolled in college and/or working - through age 21.
As of 2017, youth ages 16 to 20 made up 15% of the total foster care population and approximately 20,000 youth are emancipated from care every year. The goal of Grace House’s Transitional Living Program is to provide a bridge of services to girls aging out of foster care, giving them a greater chance of permanent independence and long-term success.
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Jonathan Jones honors aunt who is battling breast cancer for the NFL’s My Cause My Cleats.
This event is a follow up to the My Cause My Cleats.
When Jonathan was younger he would go fishing with his grandparents and parents. They went fishing at different lakes around Carroll County/Carrollton. Fishing taught Jonathan the importance of patience and how to provide. He had to be up at 4am or we would get left. A lot of the lessons he learned growing up stemmed from those days at the lake with my family. Jonathan is excited to share one of his favorite hobbies with the youth in his community through his practical skills initiatives with the Jonathan Jones Next Step Foundation
Each year, the JJNSF Inc. hosts its annual football camp in Carrollton, GA. This camp, for boys and girls, is located at Carrollton High School’s facility. Over a 2.5 hour timeframe, campers will check-in, receive a camp shirt, warm up/agility work, fastest man challenge and get an opportunity to meet and greet / pictures with Jonathan Jones and NFL teammates.
The JJNSF has partnered with local non-profits in Boston for its annual holiday giveback. In the past, The Foundation partnered with Mission SAFE, an organization that focuses on the at-risk youth of Boston, where each of the 75 students were given the opportunity to deign custom Vans just in time for the holidays.
The Foundation fed more than 800 families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the meal giveback was to help families who had been directly effected by both COVID and unemployment.