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PROJECT FIGHTING CHANCE 

MEET THE

BOARD OF

DIRECTORS

IAN FRANKLIN

Founder & President


Visionary of Project Fighting Chance, knows first hand the unfortunate end result to the inner city at-risk youth. He began thinking to himself, "I'm going to too many funerals, sooner or later I will be the guest of honor". Seeing death and destruction all around him, he thought his early demise was inevitable. But GOD had other plans.  Franklin feels that PFC has only scratched the surface as to the impact it will have on the San Bernardino community.

LAQUETTA BUSH-SIMMONS

Chairperson & Administrator


Founder and chief executive officer of Simmons Consulting and Training Service and has more than 24 years of experience in non-profit management and ecumenical/interfaith collaborations. During that time she has led four non-profit organizations and has served in a leadership and advisory capacity for more than 13 cultural and service-oriented organizations.

TERRY BOYKINS

Executive Director & 1st Vice President


Award-winning social-entrepreneur with over 500 local, regional and national community service and mentoring awards, CEO of Street Positive®, his focus is on Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) strategies to mitigate emotional and financial risk factors within under served communities.

Mr. Boykins obtained degrees in Marketing, Management and Communications from California State University, San Bernardino.  Life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

RORY "Guitar" GANDY

2nd Vice President


Born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California but a resident of the Inland Empire of Southern California since 2005. Education includes a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College, a Juris Doctorate in Law from New College of California, School of Law and a Master's in Law (L.L.M.) for Intellectual Property with an emphasis in Entertainment Law.

Rory has over 20 years in the corporate world with 18 years of management.

MONICA "Madame Secretary" MARTIN


A native of California born in Los Angeles. She is a freelance artist and a youth and women's advocate in her community. She has resided in San Bernardino for 25 + years. She has given her time and expertise to many youth and family events.  As a board member of Project Fighting Chance.

She continues to share the importance of a positive and healthy father daughter relationship. Victim turned survivor has motivated her to stand up and create positive change in her community.

JATORI 

"Moxxy Man" HARRIS


A curriculum specialist with Women Wonder Writers, a nonprofit organization, implements cultural arts and restorative justice mentoring for youth and families as well as incarcerated adults impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Jatori has worked with Children and Family services for over 11 years helping system involved youth transition independently off probation and from foster care.  He continues using his collaborative skills with community partners to find resources that help support youth in transition to adulthood.

More than an organization.  A caring afterschool 

relationship for children and youth.


Project Fighting Chance is proudly located at The 

Home of Neighborly Service on the westside of 

San Bernardino, CA. 

As a nationally ranked championship amateur 

boxing and after-school program the organization

serves youth ages 8 - 18 from the inner-city and 

surrounding areas through the following means:

  • boxing technique
  • fitness and nutrition
  • mentoring
  • homework assistance
  • life skills
  • critical thinking
  • horticulture
  • visual, literary and performing arts
  • civic engagement
  • aggression diversion
  • mental health support
  • violence intervention
  • gang and drug prevention
  • social emotional learning (SEL)


Founded in 1999 Project Fighting Chance has: 

  • trained and mentored over 6000 youth
  • worked with elected officials and school administrators
  • established public/private funding relationships
  • hosted childhood trauma impacted workshops
  • created parent engagement forums
  • provided ongoing community outreach and support resources
  • provided hybrid youth engagement during covide-19
  • resourced onsite youth mental health support
  • created youth employment opportunities

MISSION
To function as a viable safe space and trauma resilience support system for youth and young adults at-progress while assisting them to become positive contributing members of the community.

VISION
Expand into a multi-location high quality afterschool enrichment program focused on boxing techniques and the arts to help develop the whole child through reducing childhood violence, aggression and trauma.  

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