Keith Johnson is a native of Los Angeles, California. Keith was born, raised, and educated in South Central Los Angeles. Keith studied at the University of California at Los Angeles. Keith’s ability to relate to young people and identify with their issues has helped him reach many youths that others had given up on. Part of his ability to understand youth, especially those in the foster care system, is his personal background; Keith spent six years in the foster care system.
Keith’s desire to make more of an impact in the lives of youth led him to work with National Family Life and Education Center, “Rites of Passage Program”. Keith has worked as a Peer Counselor, Unit Leader, Case Manager for the JTPA African American Male Project, and was appointed to the position of Program Director for National Family Life and Education Center by the late Ron Johnson, Founder and Executive Director.
In 2007, he founded Falcons Youth and Family Service (FYFS) a community based organization; FYFS assist young people in the process of becoming positive productive members of society. Services offered help youth reshape and redirect anti-social behavior and build a support system that can lead to self-sufficiency. Keith serves as a consultant for a number of community based organizations in Los Angeles.
Keith’s work has been highlighted by Racheal Ray Show, HBO Real Sports, KNBC News and KTTV Good Day LA. Keith has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work with youth and families such as the University of Notre Dame O’Leary Award, “Best of the Best” Community Service Award, the Watkins Award for Community Service and Bounty Celebrating Those of Give Award.
Keith has a passion to share his foster care experience and his successful transition into adulthood; his mission is to empower parents, relative caregivers and foster parents with the tools needed to successfully move abused, neglected and wounded children from a point of pain to power. Keith experience, passion and mission have put him in great demand as a teacher and speaker for youth empowerment workshops for many community colleges and community based organizations.
Keith’s motto “It’s Time to Teach New School Kids, Old School Values”.