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Creating Meaningful Impact

Bootstrap Empowerment Solutions (BES) was established by a Retired Army Veteran, High School Junior Reserve Officer’s Corps (JROTC) Teacher and his wife to support the observed increasing needs of youth  career explorations, development, structure, self-worth, and mentorship.  Young adults are then able to transition into high demand professional skill trade certification programs. As a community-based nonprofit, we would like to improve the lives of residents while they in return pull others up by the Bootstraps through engaging, enriching, and encouraging resiliency.

Classroom Lecture


Get to Know the people behind Bootstrap Empowerment Solutions

Lem Gray Jr.

Founder/ Executive Director

US Army Retired

Aleyah Brown, MPH, CHES, NBC, HWC

Deputy Director

Health and Wellness Coach

Felicia B. Gray


Elton Brewington


Founder and President of Brightside Worldwide Inc.

Joyce Gardner


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