ROBERT J. JOHNSON

The organization will be led by the Chief Executive Officer, Robert J. Johnson. Robert, better known as Robert Johns was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He was educated through the Detroit Public School (DPS) system. Robert graduated from Mumford High School in 2009 and went on to graduate from Ferris State University in 2013. There he received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the College of Education and Human Services. Johns recently graduated with his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. 


Robert has always had a keen passion for helping others and giving back to the community.  Robert also serves as the General President of Black Leaders Aspiring for Critical Knowledge (BLACK) an organization that seeks to make its members better leaders, role models, and assets to their families, friends and communities. Being raised by his mother in a single parent household, Robert knows the effects of an absent male role model. From elementary until now, he has been fortunate enough to be a mentee/protégé of some type of male mentoring program or organization. As a result, Robert desires to have the same significant impact on youth in Detroit that programs such as Manhood, Young Men in Transition and BLACK had on him. Helping, teaching, leading, mentoring, motivating and developing youth has become his personal mission. 


Robert officially began mentoring through the T.O.W.E.R.S. (Teaching Others What Establishes Real Success) Program at Ferris State University in 2011. He was assigned 2 protégés through the program who he guided and assisted through their college experience. Even after graduating from Ferris in 2013, to this very day, Robert still keeps in close contact with his mentees and ensures that all of his resources are at their disposal. Robert is also currently a mentor at the Metro Detroit YMCA through their Achievers program. He has been involved with several events geared toward teaching the youth networking, interviewing and team building skills. 


Robert serves as an GBS, Human Resource Field Representative for General Motors. In his role, he supports Vehicle Engineering, Global Quality and Operational Excellence. Within the company he is also a part of General Motors African Ancestry Network (GMAAN), an employee resource group. Through GMAAN, he has been able to lead initiatives and workshops for students in Detroit which focused on the importance of higher education and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In speaking with these students Robert was sure to engage them about their hopes, dreams and passions. Within a short time, he tried to emphasize to the students that they had what it takes to be whatever it is that they wanted to be. With each school, he left every classroom wishing he had the opportunity to work with each of the students on a more frequent or continual basis. 

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