Meet Some of our Mentors and Staff Members
Rhonda Ross (Educator and Counselor) Rhonda has been mentoring and teaching children over 15 years in various states. She is a mother and a wife of a military veteran and for many years, both she and her husband have been volunteer coaches for P.A.L (Police Athletic League) and Community Parks and Recreation centers in various states where their military orders have taken them.
Rhonda brings her compassion, discipline, and unique teaching style in and out of the classroom to make a difference in her students' lives. She volunteers for various organization and she is a board member for "I Am Chosen," a girl's mentoring organizations who focuses on abstinence, empowerment, and self-worth. Rhonda believes that every child deserves a chance at life so she and her husband are foster parents in Douglas County so they can impart their love and wisdom into a child to bring hope into their lives.
Rhonda holds a MBA in Finance and Healthcare Management and a Master's in Education, which she focuses on Reading, Math, Special Education and Social Science. She is the CEO of Sowing Seed Academy and Mentoring Center, Inc. and Ross Financial Services, Inc. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Walden University.
Rhonda is dedicated and passionate about changing this world "one child at a time." Rhonda believes that no child should be left behind so that is why she founded SSAMC to make a difference. Rhonda meets no strangers and her approach to life is "Never look down on a person unless you are reaching out your hand to pick them up." In her spare time Rhonda enjoys advocating for worthy causes, dining out, reading, traveling, writing, and most of all working in her ministry at church to serve others.
Rhonda is the CEO and President at SSAMC and she oversees all the female mentors. She interviews potential mentors and placed them with mentors based on suitability. She also oversees our education department for students and adults and teaches all our business and finance classes.
Willie Davis Jr. (Attorney)
Willie has been an attorney in the Atlanta Metropolitan for over 18 years. He tutors middle, high school, and college students in social science, government history, and law. He volunteers as a Career Day Speaker for private/public school systems. He has served as a PTA president and Chairman of Local School Advisory Council. He is very active in numerous political, civic and community organization and served as a Senior Attorney with Lister & Holt, L.L.C. and Chief Assistant Solicitor General in Clayton County.
Currently, Willie serves as a Senior Assistant Public Defendant in the Clayton County Circuit. Willie is currently admitted to practice before all Georgia Superior/State Courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the U.S. District for the Southern District and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Willie has a B.A. in Political Science and earned his J.D. from the Atlanta's John Marshall Law School.
Willie enjoys reading, movies, sports and meeting new people. He believes that life is too serious to be taken serious -so enjoy and have fun. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Jamahl Burns (Information Technology Coordinator)
Jamahl Burns is a highly motivated Informational Technology professional with over 15 years of experience combined in telecommunications, network support, management, education and training. Jamahl began his journey in the field of technology as a Technology Coordinator for Epic Learning training center. An Instructor led and online training center that focused on providing IT-Certifications for entry level and advanced IT professionals. Wanting to grow further into his career, Jamahl accepted a role as an Advanced Network Technician for BellSouth / AT&T Business Systems. He will serve in this role for eight years, coupled with being an adjunct Information Technology Instructor for Gwinnett College for four years and eventually matriculating to teach at Gwinnett County Public Schools for two years. To pursue his passion for teaching technology, Jamahl decided to transition into a full time role as an Information Technology Instructor and IT support specialist for YearUp Atlanta. Jamahl has served in this role for the past four (4) years educating, mentoring, training, coaching and developing young adults ages 18 – 25 years of age.
Jamahl’s post-secondary education started in his home state of Mississippi at Coahoma Community College where he received an Associates of Arts Degree in Computer Science and athletic football scholarship. During his tenure at Coahoma, Jamahl earned all-state athletic honors as a Quarterback and played in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star football game. He would initially land another athletic scholarship at Clark Atlanta University prompting him to move to Atlanta, Ga. He only served a brief stint at Clark Atlanta University after suffering an injury that would end his football playing days. Jamahl later attended Kennesaw State University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems. After taking some time off, Jamahl decided to go back to school. He attended American Intercontinental University where he received his MBA with a concentration in Health Care Management. Jamahl holds five (5) IT certifications. Two most recent certifications received in networking and security. He received the BellSouth Presidential award in 2006 for commitment to service excellence. In 2012, he received YearUp Strive to Learn award at National retreat for leadership, dedication and commitment to service excellence.
committed and passionate in his role as an educator and mentor for serving and
developing today’s youth. He is a husband and father. Jamahl enjoys investing time with his family,
dining out, traveling, reading; dedicating his efforts with his local church
and also serving as a youth football coach.