Out & About In The Community

If you haven’t had a chance to meet our CEO, Kedrick Jeffries, you might soon! Kedrick has been out and about this week speaking at events, advocating for our mission, and meeting other passionate leaders in and around our community.


Monday evening, Kedrick was invited to speak at an African American Leadership Institute (AALI) panel discussion.

AALI exists to enhance civic awareness and leadership opportunities to make an innovative impact on Central Texas. Their mission is to build a stronger Black Austin community by equipping exceptional leaders to make life better for everyone in our city, state, and world.

Kedrick, who is also a fellow for the AALI cohort, spoke about the importance and impact of mentorship.


Kedrick also had the pleasure of speaking to Advocates Pro Golf Association students and parents who were in town this week for the APGA Farmers Insurance Austin and the 2023 Cisco Junior Series presented by APGA TOUR and the Cameron Champ Foundation.

This group is a part of the mentoring portion of APGA. According to Tomie Anderson, PGA WORKS Fellow, the junior series is focused on helping all junior players become well-rounded individuals both on and off the course. “We pride ourselves on focusing on the importance of mental and physical health, character development, and career mentorship,” said Anderson. “Mr. Jeffries, with his exceptional background, emerged as the ideal speaker to address the crucial themes of leadership, character, and mental health. His remarkable qualities and ability to connect with young people were evident, shaped by his experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.”

Jeffries, who is an avid golfer himself, talked to the group about the skills the students utilize in golf and connected these with their similar application as each works to “drive” through life and achieve success. Skills such as the importance of “follow through” and keeping their “eye on the ball” or their focus on their life goals.

“We extend our sincere appreciation to Mr. Jeffries for graciously contributing to the enrichment of our students’ lives,” said Anderson. “The positive feedback from both parents and youth underscored the impactful lessons gleaned from his inspiring speech.”


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