KDA Foundation Team consists of entertainers, pro/college athletes, community leaders, principals, teachers, guidance counselors, coaches and volunteers. We totally support student athletes and their parents as they transition academically /socially from middle to high school and post secondary education, especially in urban communities. We realize that students need more support with maintaining good academic habits and acquiring appropriate life / study skills while being actively involved with their communities.
KDA Community Outreach™ Parent Training Programs and Charity Events have been a constant success story. Our team of pioneers all are dedicated to helping our youth understand the importance of education, sports, and careers with a plan of success inspired by long /short goals organized strategically throughout secondary education. Join us as we actually become pioneers of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “DREAM”.
Change One Life, Change A Generation!
Founder and Director of Education
Patrick Lowe is a product of Broward County Schools where he graduated from Dillard High School in 1993 as an All-American Scholar Athlete. After competing for a high school 6A State Championship, he earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Florida. As the first Dillard Panther to earn a scholarship to UF, he went on to achieve several SEC Championships and one National Championship in 1996. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1998 and came back to Fort Lauderdale as a high school math teacher, coach, and community leader. In 2003, he earned a Masters in Educational Leadership at the Union Institute & University, North Miami, FL. He is now an Assistant Principal in Broward County Public Schools system.
Patrick Lowe connected with the KDA Foundation™ through UF Teammate, Ben Hanks in 2001. Hanks, a product of Overtown Miami and Miami Senior High School, was an All American Linebacker at UF and NFL player that has a long list of accomplishments on and off of the field. Hanks partnered up with Lowe’s S.M.A.R.T. CAMPS™ to incorporate FREE academic and awareness programs for parents, students, coaches, and school board/city officials. As an icon and community leader of Overtown, Hanks continues to coach football at Booker T. Washington High School and work as a Director for Miami Parks & Rec. and KDA.
KDA has expanded into a Board of Directors featuring educators, entertainers, professional/college athletes , and local community leaders who coordinate support programs for schools and communities in South Florida and beyond. This movement has become a model for helping inner city students become successful students-athletes, find a college/career, and give back to their home community as a successful adult. We are actually pioneers for continuing the legacy of Martin Luther King’s “DREAM”!!!!!
Lowe continues to lead the remarkable KDA team™ to a Mission & Dream that is unstoppable like a locomotive with no breaks. Get Ready America for a new generation!
DREAMS DO COME TRUE – THE STORY OF ANTONIO ROBINSON, FORMER GREEN BAY PACKER #17
The story of Antonio Robinson will take you on a journey of the trials and tribulations of a young man (26 years old) who experienced poverty, a father he never knew until he was 23 years old, and a mother who was on drugs and gave him up at the age of two.
His abusive aunt took Antonio in and eventually threw him into the judicial system at the age of 14. After leaving jail, Antonio lived in his car while finishing high school in Dade County. after a long life of hardship and years of living on the streets, Antonio never lost sight of his dream and finally made it to the big leagues, playing on a NFL team, the Green Bay Packers.
Soon after the impossible was achieved (and winning a super bowl ring), Antonio had a major injury preventing him from playing. Where does the dreamer go from here? Does the dream continue? Is the drive stronger than the failure? Watch for his new book and compelling movie.
This story will show you that DREAMS DO COME TRUE, if you want it bad enough.
Director of Operation
Glenn Stoutt III has been involved with KDA™ as a Board of Director and the Director of Operation since 2003. For 8 years (1982- 1990) he ran his own Landscape Architectural Firm in South Florida and his marquee project during that period was designing the landscape master plan for the 860 acre Savannah Club Community in Port St. Lucie, Florida, including the landscape architectural plan for the 18 hole golf course as well as overseeing the entire project installation by his firm. For the next 17 years (1991-2009) he built, owned and ran a property management firm in South Florida that managed property and assets in excess of over $500m+. And oversaw, coordinated and directed the building restoration of over $250m+ in property damage done by Hurricane Andrew to these properties through another one of his businesses. Over the past 10 years he has spent his time mentoring business entrepreneurs giving them the essential tools and instruction on how to develop, produce and implement strategic corporate structure to insure the success and viability of operating and running a successful corporate entity, thereby teaching them how this will increase their profitability and/or the probability of a future (successful & profitable) merger or acquisition.
In his spare time Mr. Stoutt coached high school football at Coral Springs Charter School in Coral Springs Florida for 8 years and was one of the original coaches to start the football program at the school. He was also responsible for implementing and running the first academic awareness program for the athletic program at the school. He has personal relationships with over 40 college coaches nationwide. He now dedicates all of his time mentoring student athletes through the foundation, teaching them how to successfully get to the next level and most importantly making sure they know how important it is to come back and make a positive influence in their communities. He strongly believes that we can “Change One Life, Change a Generation™”.
Director of Accounting
Erin Currin is a consultant, speaker, author, and coach with a passion for business development and personal success. As an experienced businesswoman, a respected community leader, and a student of life, she views the world in a unique way.
Erin is an MBA with specific experience and training in Business Management and Accounting. Her career as an Accountant and CFO, spanning two decades and several industries, provided fertile soil for the growth of her rich business acumen.
By helping navigate companies through various business situations, from an IPO to Chapter 13, Erin has cultivated her ability to see options. With a remarkable capacity to reason, she sees situations from a practical perspective. Her experience affords her an amazing knack for recognizing causality. These talents combine to provide a holistic awareness of the situations and circumstances that business and life present. From this powerful stand, Erin creates success from all of her experiences.
Director of Business Systems and Web Development
Since graduating from M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Erica has recognized and respected the power of processes, systems and passionate people to make a difference. From her early days as a forensic material science assistant to her current capacity as Business Process Engineer and facilitator, she has always enjoyed finding the quickest and most efficient way to getting things done.
Over the years Erica has served small businesses in many capacities including; business process engineering, business process management, organizational design, business facilitator, CIO, product developer, web designer and marketing.
A people person, Erica loves meeting new people and connecting others to the people that add value to their lives. She also loves taking entrepreneurs and stakeholders through the discovery process…helping them clearly articulate the vision of their business or product and helping stakeholders find alignment.
One of Erica’s passions is creating systems and processes that address some of the biggest issues facing society and the business world. This is fueled by her belief that, “If you recognize a problem in the world, it is your invitation to be a solution… the catalyst for change.” Two issues that she is currently working on include; a personal cancer management, as well as a product launch and start-up system that reduces risk for investors while harnessing the intellectual capital of entrepreneurs.
Outside of her professional life Erica is the mother of four teenage children, loves doing yoga in 105o heat, and dreams of travelling the world.
Media and Public Relations
The WhatItDo.com™ first launched in 2009. Its founder, Elizabeth Lavulo, was a former community organizer and activist for the pacific islander community groups in 2004. In that capacity, Lavulo quickly recognized the dearth of media coverage designed for the Urban Islander American public and created TheWhatItDo.com™ to reach that demographic audience.
Elizabeth grew up in San Francisco, CA where she was raised by her grandparents. Balancing sports and education at a very young age, Lavulo graduated from Capuchino High School as the Senior Class President. She then moved to Boston, MA where she attended a communications performing arts university called Emerson College. She utilized her athleticism as a vehicle for higher learning and graduated with a Bachelor Of Arts in Media and Visual Arts.
Upon graduating she took 2 years off to do a religious mission and after she completed that, she moved to Los Angeles in 2001 where she pursued a career in entertainment. She has worked in all aspects of the industry from film, television, music and publishing. Her background ranges from working under Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Dr. Phil, Snoop Dogg, LA Weekly, and many others. Working under those Hollywood heavyweights drove Lavulo to create her own media publication called The WhatItDo.com.
In 2012, she met Cylk Cozart of the Keeping Dreams Alive Foundation through a mutual friend in Los Angeles and the rest is history.
Director of Entertainment and Education
Cylk Cozart was born on February 1st, just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, to a Native American (Cherokee) Mother and an African American father. His athletic ability in football and basketball led him to King College in Bristol, where he majored in Child Psychology. After college, Cylk chased his dream of becoming a pro basketball player but a foot injury while playing in the NBA’s Summer Pro League, cut short his sports career. Cozart focused his attention to professional modeling.Two years in Miami, Fla, proved to be productive and soon traveled to New York City, to sign with the Famous, Wilhelmina Modeling agency. He was soon featured in premiere magazines like, GQ and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
Cementing himself as a top model, Cylk expanded his reach again with film debuts in the Warner Bro’s Comedy, “Blue Skies Again” and Spike Lee’s, “School Daze.” Several televisions series followed…such as, “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Living Single,” “Saved by the Bell,” & “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” He has starred in the made-for-TV movies… Disney’s “Johnny Tsunami.” “Slam Dunk Ernest,” and NBC’s “A Family Divided”, (with Academy Award winner, Faye Dunaway). Cylk is most recognizable for “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Conspiracy Theory,” “16 Blocks,” “Three To Tango,” “Eraser” and Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster, “Eagle Eye.”
In 2012, Cozart received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” given by the Urban League. Martin Luther King III, son of Iconic Global activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and academy award winner, Lou Gossett Jr, presented the prestigious award.
Celebrating 13 years as the DJ Host of Reggae Runnins on HOT 105 FM, you can catch Tanto Irie on South Florida’s #1 radio station featuring three hours of Reggae Music, every Saturday night from 10pm to 1am. Meet ‘the Irie One’, as he updates you on the latest music and interviews artists such as Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, the Marley Brothers, Shaggy, and many others who create Reggae Music that continues to inspire and entertain people from all walks of life.
A true veteran of the Reggae Music scene, Tanto Irie’s musical roots began in Kingston Jamaica, where he was born, and Trelawny, Jamaica, where he grew up. He moved to the U.S., living in New York City before relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then El Paso, Texas. It was there that Tanto founded his company Reggae Runnins and his career as a DJ began to take off.
Eventually Tanto found his way to Florida, and is now the President and CEO of Reggae Runnins Media, which has expanded into entertainment booking, producing and promoting reggae artists, live radio broadcasts, concerts, festivals, and other special events. As the producer and host of his TV show Island Vibes, Tanto has created several travel documentaries filmed in Jamaica that have aired on the UPN channel, now My 33. Just recently he received an honorary award from the Caribbean Bar Association for his positive contribution to and involvement in the Caribbean and Reggae Music culture and happenings throughout the community.
Director of Dance; Content Marketing & Social Media Manager
Jasmine VanDyke is a dancer, choreographer and philanthropist with a knack for online marketing. Always looking for a way to give back, she is determined to build a better world by teaching others how to transcend boundaries and look past the differences that can keep us apart.
She is well-versed in social media and excited to take on the responsibility of leading the organization in online marketing and relationship building.
A gifted dancer and choreographer, Jasmine has witnessed first-hand how professionally run dance teams and programs can transform the lives of high school girls and ignite school spirit and is working to provide this opportunity to other young women.
Director of Broadcasting
Ryan Stoutt has been a part of The Keeping Dreams Alive Foundation™ since he was 14 years of age. With his brother Glenn Stoutt IV, Ryan was one of the first Student Athletes to go through the KDA Program™. As a product of Broward County Schools and attending Coral Springs Charter School (CSCS), Ryan was introduced to Patrick Lowe through one of the first “KDA Sports Training™ / Academic Awareness Camps™ at Flanagan High School. Ryan and his former High School football teammates not only competed in the Sports Training Camp, but were introduced to the importance of education in the athletic world. Ryan’s Junior Varsity Head Coach, Glenn Stoutt (father), realized the importance of the educational aspect and the ultimate vision of KDA™, Change one Life, Change a Generation™, therefore implementing the S.M.A.R.T. Programs™ into (CSCS).
Ryan played Quarterback (QB) throughout his football career and coming into High School, Ryan’s expectations were to play at a Division 1 (D1) University / College. After competing in high level D1 football camps throughout the summer before his freshman year of High School, Ryan’s dreams soon became reality of becoming a D1 Student Athlete.
Following his junior season, Ryan and his family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. There Ryan attended Alcoa High School with hopes that they would provide the opportunity to show off his talents in order to get exposure to receive a College Football Scholarship. Though Ryan was academically stable due to the KDA Mentoring Programs™, KDA™ took action in developing a system to help keep Ryan’s dreams alive of playing college football. After developing the ‘Playing the Recruiting Game™’ aspect of KDA™, which is now know as National Collegiate Recruiting Association™ (NCRA™), Ryan soon began a journey that would shape his and thousands of Student Athletes recruiting process forever.
Ryan graduated from Alcoa High School with a 3.0 GPA with 24 full Scholarships to Colleges and Universities from all over the nation. He was introduced to KDA™ with a 1.2 GPA and only a dream of becoming a Student Athlete on the collegiate level. Ryan signed with Tabor College upon graduating from High School and was soon on a plane to Hillsboro, Kansas. Ryan attended Tabor College for two football seasons and was then offered another full scholarship to Point University (previously Atlanta Christian College). Ryan only attended Point University for one football season.
As a product of KDA™, Ryan understands what it takes to ‘Play the Game™’ on and off the field and after realizing that he is not the only Student Athlete that will go through the same trials he encountered, Ryan came home to Broward County to be intimately involved with KDA Foundation™ and to help fulfill the dreams of High School Student Athletes all around the world. Ryan understands that serving is the key to success in life. “The more you give away, the more you will receive.”
Ryan now is the Director of Broadcasting for KDA Foundation™ with a mission to show as many kids that are willing how to play this game. Ryan says, “Providing internships for the student athletes not only gives me an opportunity to personally mentor the students, but it gives them an opportunity to experience what it is like to have a real job.” “Not only does it build up their High School resume, but it provides them with real life experience and an education outside the classroom.” Ryan and the KDA™ team have developed the newest Network ‘For the High School Student, By the High School Student™’; The High School Production Network™ (HSPN™). “I have new dreams now and with the support of the Keeping Dreams Alive Foundation™ I know it always provides better opportunities for ‘Our Kids™’ and our community,” Ryan said. “KDA is not just a Foundation, it’s a lifestyle!”
Glenn Stoutt IV
Director of ‘High School Sports Review’ Show
Glenn Stoutt IV is the oldest of Glenn Stoutt III two sons. Glenn Stoutt IV was one of the original students athletes to go through the KDA Foundation™ program while an athlete and student at Coral Springs Charter School in Coral Springs, Florida.
Glenn was a part of Coral Springs Charter coaching staff for both boys and girls football for several years. He works primarily for AdGraphics and is one of the lead anchors for the HSPN™. Glenn is the host of his own ‘High School Sports Review™’ show that broadcasts on the HSPN™. This show plays an important role in our high school student athletes lives as it gives them the coverage and exposure they need so that coaches from around the country can see who they are, what they’ve accomplished and hear (in their own words) what their goals for the future are.
Glenn’s ‘High School Sports Review™’ show is broadcast live weekly throughout the year while high school sports are being played. His show features live interviews (with video highlights) of male and female student athletes from all sports throughout the year as well.
Eric C. Hickson, Sr.
Director of Athletics
Eric Hickson went through the Broward County School system and graduated from Dillard High School and went on to earn his B.S. in Social Science/Criminal Justice at Kansas State University where he earned a full scholarship to play football. While at Kansas State Eric played running back and became the All Time Leading Rusher and All Time Leading Rushing TD’s from (1994-1998), Team Captain from (1997-1998), All Big 8 Conference Team (Coaches/ AP Poll) and All Big 12 Conference Team (Coaches/ AP Poll) (1995, 1997-1998 Respectively). After graduating Eric went on to play football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In 2003 Eric started his teaching/mentoring career and worked at the Spectrum Programs in Pompano Beach as a drug counselor for troubled teens. He also worked for the Charter Schools U.S.A. at Coral Springs Charter School in Coral Springs Florida as a Support Facilitator/Learning Strategy Teacher. Eric also taught Social Studies to 6, 7 and 8th graders at Pines Middle School in Pembroke Pines Florida.
He is currently the Running Back coach at Akron University in Akron, Ohio.
School Liaison/Marketing & Sales
Bob Webster, a native South Floridian, is a graduate of Coral Springs High School. He attended Cameron University in Lawton Oklahoma on a basketball scholarship. Bob transferred to the University of Florida where he played basketball under Coach Norm Sloan. Bob played on the US International basketball team. He was the tournament MVP when the team won the 1986 championship in Panama. Bob is proud to join the KDA family and his goal to assist KDA in its development in working with urban communities in empowering “at risk” youth.
West Regional Director/PTRG Academy
Hill founded Gaim Plan Enterprises in 2014 to initially to assist athletes and their families with the college planning, recruiting and decision making process. Gaim Plan Enterprises has evolved and now offers life skills training and Athlete Image Management (AIM) for athletes looking build dynamic leadership, social media and public relations platforms. The CLASS [Character and Leadership Achieved through Scholarship, Sports and Service] Academy, the latest addition to the family, is a program focusing on character and leadership development with 4th through 8th grade level sports enthusiasts. The CLASS Academy will launch in the fall of 2016.
Hill earned a master’s degree in recreation and sports management from Indiana State University.
A native of Southern California’s Orange County, Hill has served in a variety of roles in sports and management, including National Recruiting Director for All American Games [creators and owners of the U.S. Army All American Bowl Game] and Football University -- the player development division of All American Games.
Previously, he served at the director of athletics for Christian Brothers College [CBC] High School in St. Louis, home to 2014 U.S Army All American Brian Wallace, whom Hill coached and mentored. Prior to his work at CBC High School, Hill was the defensive coordinator and assistant director of athletics at John Burroughs School in St. Louis, home of 2013 US Army All American Running Back Ezekiel Elliott, current Ohio State standout and 2014 College Football National Champion.
Hill has had several significant professional experiences before venturing out on his own with Gaim Plan Consulting including director of district athletic programs for Geary County Schools in Junction City, Kansas, director of student-athlete recruitment and assistant football coach at DePauw in Greencastle, Indiana, and assistant director of membership services at the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA].
Upon graduation from national football powerhouse Servite High School in Anaheim, Hill attended Penn State University where he was a walk-on defensive back for the Nittany Lions. He earned his bachelor of arts in communications degree in 1985. Hill began his football coaching career as an assistant football coach and coordinator of athletic recruiting at Chapman University and as a secondary coach at Pomona College.
Derrell Young Jr.
Student Athlete Services/PTRG Academy & HSPN SOUTH Regional Correspondent
Growing up in South Florida Derrell graduated from Boyd H Anderson HS in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. Derrell found many successes playing for the Cobras as he and his teammates took their football team all the way to the regional finals. But, his shining moment was when he received a full scholarship to Western Kentucky University.
Young’s challenges growing up and achievements earned in high school and college have made him the exceptional young man he is today. He is the first on his mom’s side of the family to not only go to college, play on a football scholarship, but also the first to graduate college. Now Derrell plans to use what he has learned and experienced to join our team and make a positive difference in other young peoples lives. He has learned that the ultimate achievement in life is not how much you get, it’s how much you give.
Derrell will be our first student athlete that has gone through our programs (the PTRG Academy™ ptrgacademy.com), graduated high school, received a full scholarship to play football in college and graduate college to come back and team up back where it all started…
Derrell will also be using the Student Athlete Assessment Platform stealthrating.com to evaluate each student athlete to see where they are (based on college requirements)
Derrell will be teaching as well as sharing his knowledge and experience with student athletes in the South Florida area. He will be supporting and providing guidance to them as they make their way through our various platforms. His main focus will be educating and empowering them in our online program, (that he mastered himself to earn a full scholarship and graduate) the PTRG Academy.