We are a leading youth development organization in Los Angeles
with a focus on promoting academic excellence and creating future leaders. Our expertise lies in our ability to engage and inspire our youths through fun and educational activities, with a particular emphasis on promoting college as a pathway to success.
Since its establishment in 2000, Family First Foundation has been dedicated to bridging the gap between at-risk youth and their families. Our first initiative, City of Angels, was a resounding success, bringing together first responders and the at-risk community to provide an opportunity for reconnection. Building on this success, and with the support of our generous sponsors in the NBA, MLB, and NFL, we launched LA Future, a program that effectively integrates sports and education.
Over the years, Family First Foundation has continued to expand its outreach efforts, serving thousands of disadvantaged inner-city kids annually. We are committed to making a positive impact in the lives of our youths and their families, and we are proud to have the support of our community and partners in this important work.
Recognizing the importance of capturing and nurturing the youngest members of our community, we developed TECH HUB, a cost-free STEAM Education program that fosters creativity, builds skills, and prepares students to be globally competitive. Our program provides exciting, hands-on learning activities and leverages the latest advancements in technology to prepare the future generation of leaders to navigate the next frontier.
At Family First Foundation, we are committed to providing the highest standard of service with utmost integrity as we support families in all their forms. Our core values of inclusivity, diversity, and equity are reflected in all our programs. We are proud to offer three initiatives that break down socio-economic barriers, promote academic excellence, and help students become academic all-stars, college and career-ready, responsible community members, and leaders in the 21st century.
Family First Foundation is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) corporation, and we strive to maintain our status as a reliable and trustworthy partner in our community.
Richard Awni founded Family First Foundation in 2000. He is a highly accomplished individual with a diverse skill set and an impressive track record. As a patent holder and experienced international licensing and HR recruiter for MOFA Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Richard has extensive experience in technology and product management, having served as a senior executive at Electra-Tech Mnfg and AT&T Product Rollout manager.
As President of Family First Foundation, Lea Ubas has extensive experience in STEAM education and a strong advocate for gender diversity and representation of minorities in the tech industry. In addition to her philanthropic endeavors, she practices what she preaches by expanding her reach, delving into cybersecurity and information assurance. This demonstrates her unwavering commitment to staying at the forefront of emerging technologies.
Josef is a young and driven finance professional that brings a fresh perspective and new ideas to the team for our Compliance and Fundraising efforts. With a B.S and M.S. in Professional Accountancy and Finance from Cal Poly Pomona, Josef has a strong desire to simplify the complex in the world of finance. His past and current professional experience at a local firm in North Los Angeles, working intimately with Small Business Owners in a diverse set of industries, has given him a unique understanding of the intricacies of financial management.
Passion with a purpose. Roger Spillman is an expert in technology, business development, corporate governance, growth strategies, and accountability brings a new level of guidance and vision for Family First Foundation's growth. As President & CEO of Clear Path Technologies, Adviser/Business Developer of Advent Engineering Inc., Senior Advisor of Advanced Battery Solutions, former President & CFO of Hi-Energy Technologies, Inc., Spillman brings a unique perspective to the intersection of technology, education, and sports, making him perfectly suited to advance Family First Foundation's mission, goals, and priorities.
Brian Taylor is a Princeton alumnus and former NBA player, being the first African American drafted from an Ivy League school. He has dedicated the past 25 years to professional education and motivational leadership, earning national recognition as a "change agent" for his character development programs and leadership roles in private and public schools.
"Making a positive impact in the world by helping others create success and live a fulfilling life."
Adele Simonyan is a dedicated research scientist with a UCSB BA degree in Pharmacology and an MBS in Public Health. Currently working at USC as a research and project specialist, she has devoted her career to making a positive impact in the fields of cancer research and biology.
Craig Hodges is the Director of Athletics at Family First Foundation. He is a retired NBA player who attended college basketball at Clemson University before entering the professional league. During his career, he played for several teams, including the Chicago Bulls, where he was a three-time 3-point shooting champion and a three-time NBA World Champion. He became a head coach at Chicago State University, an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and head coach of the Halifax Rainmen of the National Basketball League of Canada.
As a Youth Ambassador for the Family First Foundation, Alexzander Awni is passionate about serving his community and making a positive impact on the lives of others. Currently a high school student at Crescenta Valley High School, Alexzander is an active participant in a variety of extracurricular activities. He is the founder of the Space Explorers Club, an aspiring Eagle Scout, StellarXplorers member, and Air Force JROTC cadet at CA-882.
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