Stephen Powell is the Executive Director of Mentoring USA and a leader in the field of Mentoring. Mr. Powell took the time to speak to us about his perspective on the 2011: Year of Responsible Men; to which he is an Honorary Board Member.

Stephen Powell is the Executive Director at Mentoring USA based in New York, NY. An alumnus of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management Executive Education Program at Columbia University's Graduate Business School, Stephen remains driven to lead program expansion and technical assistance efforts for Mentoring USA across the nation in major cities such as Los Angeles, Houston, Las Vegas, and also in Newark, NJ. Prior to joining Mentoring USA in 2005, Stephen worked in program development and management for local and national non-profits such as: Family and Child Services of Washington, DC, VSA arts/Kennedy Center, the Anthony Bowen YMCA, Youth for Understanding, the Metropolitan DC Police Boys and Girls Club, and the Harlem Educational Activities Fund.

Touring the U.S., Africa, Europe, and South America, Stephen Powell spent 10 years performing, holding workshops, and completing artist residencies via a percussive-based dance troupe, called Step Afrika, which was developed through his college fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha at Howard University. Down the line, Stephen cultivated a passion for procuring celebrities and athletes to support causes for young adults. Inevitably, this passion led to becoming the Founder of PQ Concepts Sports and Entertainment Consulting LLC.

A native of New Jersey, Stephen was born and raised in Newark and East Orange, respectively. He now lives in New York City with his wife/Broadway actress Marlaina Sims-Powell and their 3 year old daughter, Sinclair Adina. Stephen also still remains an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Xi Lambda Graduate Chapter, the Association of Mentoring Professionals and is a member of USTA Eastern Muticultural Participation Committee. He is also an Honarary Board Member of 2011 Year of the Responsible Man Campaign.

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