Urban Angel Profile of the Day: Terrance Stone – Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy

by Kim Anthony

G’Morning Family…Today’s “Urban Angel” is  Terrence Stone of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy.

Terrance L. Stone is the Founder, President and CEO of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy and CEO of Stone Consultants, an ex-gang member who has turned his life around and dedicated it to GOD and the recovery of our youth’s innocence.

Though gang life proved fierce and, most times, even short lived, Terrance was loyal to a fault. Ultimately, the consequence of this delinquent life-style was a collective 10 years of incarceration ranging from the juvenile facilities to the state penitentiary. With the danger of spending the remainder of his young life in prison, the thought that he’d never have an opportunity to watch his children grow and assist in their development opened his eyes to what was truly important.

Today, Terrance is a loving father who has since served as Minister & Youth Leader at Worship In Truth C.O.G.I.C. Stone is today has served as a youth counselor and graduated Cal State LA for State Certified Gang Intervention Specialist, serves on Sherriff Rod Hoops I.E. Committee, Chief Kith Kilmer African American Community Leader Committee San Bernardino and Barstow Kiwanis Member, Board Member of the San Bernardino County Gangs and Drugs Task Force, Past Board Member of the African American Chamber of Commerce, and San Bernardino Chapter NAACP, picked by Mayor of San Bernardino Pat Morris to join his office on the California Cities Gang Prevention Network.

He is committed to steering young peo¬ple away from the life that cost him much of his precious youth. In essence, Terrance is allowing his life mistakes to help others discover their personal worth and true life purpose. Stone’s change in heart, spirit and action has resulted in his reaching many otherwise lost youth He is now CEO of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy multiple locations in the Inland Empire from the High Desert to the West End of San Bernardino County, Atlanta, Arizona, Texas and Colorado and growing.

Stone’s sincere efforts have resulted in his receiving multiple awards:

2010 Executive of the Year Award~2010 Time for Change Pioneer Award

2010 San Bernardino County Education Medal of Honor Award

2010 CAHPERD Emmett Ashford Community Spirit Award

2008 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission San Bernardino County

2008 Unsung Hero Award~2008 Black Rose Award

2008 Social Lites Community Service Award

2007 Amanda Guruge Lifetime Commitment Award

2007 Man of Valor Award Jubilee House of Praise

2007 Molina Healthcare of California Community Champion Award

2007 Peoples Choice Inc “Leaders of Youth Award” Recipient

2006 Excellence Award Recipient

2006 Citizens of Achievement Award Recipient

2006 Youth Outreach Award Recipient

2005 “Inspiration to Youth” Good Samaritan Award Recipient

2005 Social Action Trailblazers Award Recipient

Terrance’s works has received commendations from:

Rosa Parks

U.S. Congressman Joe Baca

United States Senator Barbara Boxer

Governor ArnoldSchwarzenegger

California State Senator Nell Soto

Councilman Joe Baca, Jr.

State Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod

City of Ontario Mayor Paul S. Leon

County Supervisor Josie Gonzalez

City Councilman Rikke Van Johnson

Perris Mayor Rita Rogers and more…

Terrance’s work has been chronicles in the following media outlets:

MSNBC

San Bernardino County Sun

Inland Valley News

The Black Voice

Press Enterprise

On our Watch Magazine

Inland Living Magazine

Precinct Reporter News

The Inland Empire Weekly

The San Bernardino American Newspaper

The Colton Courier Weekly

HBO

CNN

TWC

HLN

Channel 54 Azteca Noticias

Channel 3 Public Access

In the Public Interest Talk Show

Channel 11 FOX

Channel 7 News

Radio

Wild 96.1 FM

KCAA Radio 1050

V100FM

Power 106

For more information about Terrence Stone and Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy visit:

Websites:

http://www.yvyla-ie.org/

http://www.myspace.com/youngvisionaries

http://twitter.com/terrancestone

http://www.youtube.com/user/terrancestone

Facebook Profile:

http://www.facebook.com/terrance.stone

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