About Dr. Belinda Jones, Founder
Why I Started Y.E.S.
Dr. Belinda Jones is the Founder and CEO of Youth Empowers Service, LLC. (Y.E.S., LLC). Dr. Jones has primary oversight and responsibility to coordinate and develop existing and emerging partnerships between Y.E.S., LLC and its community partners in education, and community and career support services that are directly related to supporting youth in underrepresented populations.
Dr. Jones founded Y.E.S., LLC because of her ongoing passion and desire to give back to communities that shaped her building blocks that shaped her career. Dr. Jones attributes her career success to the active participation and engagement of community leaders in various occupations assisting her along the way over the years. Dr. Jones believes in the African proverb of “It takes a village to raise a child”. Meaning, we need an entire community of people to interact with youth for those youth to experience growth in the environment in which they live. Dr. Jones believes if there is positive growth with our youth and young adults, America’s future will be resilient and enriched.
Dr. Jones’ Background
Dr. Jones has creatively lead and managed many cross-functional projects and services that extend across a variety of contexts including K-12 and post-secondary education, as well as career and military to civilian transition support services. She also focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs, especially for youth in underrepresented populations. Ms. Jones has supported the implementation of numerous web-based academic and career transition support platforms deployed by Indtai, Inc. such as the MyCompass Military Community platform.
Dr. Jones is a long standing member of the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME, www.ccmeonline.org ), and served on the CCME Board for six years prior to becoming the President of CCME from February 2010 to February 2011. Additionally, she previously served as the Vice President of Military Programs for CCME and she is featured on the cover of Military Advanced Education magazine, February 2011 issue, titled Community Transformer.
Dr. Jones possesses a combination of strong planning, organizational and communication skills with the ability to independently plan and direct high-level Federal Government and corporate education and military outreach programs through her dedicated contract partner-client support services. Dr. Jones brings more than 20 years of progressively responsible experience managing educational programs and services.
Dr. Jones served as an Instructor in the Flagship Presidential Classroom Scholars Instructor Program; served on the Department of Veterans Affairs Inter-Agency Task Force on Licensure and Apprenticeship; and received meritorious awards for the implementation of the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program with the Navy and Coast Guard recognized by Department of Labor, Outstanding Marine Corps Installation Command Support, and five and ten-year Service Awards to the Federal Government from the Headquarters Marine Corps Personal and Family Readiness Division.
- Doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership from NOVA Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Master of Public Administration from Albany State University, Albany, GA
- B.S. in Public Administration from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
Dr. Jones brings an unyielding dedication and compassion for leveraging opportunities of education, credentialing and career programs for youth, young adults and families within communities that normally do not have the access to build and work towards achieving their dreams and goals. With Y.E.S and bridging business and communities together, it will continue to be her primary charge and focus as her outreach expands going forward.
Dr. Jones’ motto in life is, anything is possible to obtain, if you have opportunity, level of effort and always your “Attitude is Altitude”.