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Afram Global Organization Inc is in the process of launching the " Villager Young Leaders Program." This program connects the Villager Award Recipients age 35 and under to the older recipients empowering both groups to benefit from the experience, connections, and life stories of each other. "Lifting as we Climb!" We are unique in The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. in that our award recipients and our Young Leaders come from various backgrounds ranging from those who have grown up in very affluent and wealthy families, to those who come from middle and lower socio-economic circumstances. They range in age from 14 to 90. Our goal is to connect them, their influence and experiences, to each other, despite the vast gap in their circumstances, empowering a new network of generational leaders. Dr. Willingham-Toure', CEO - Afram Global Organization Inc and founder, The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s recently stated: "Whenever I meet with these Young Leaders, I am reminded that it is time for those of us who are elders to more proactively learn from them and to open the doors to their success. That is one of the purposes of Afram Global Organization's Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. I am pleased that Marcus Tyson has stepped forth as one of the founding co-chairs of our Villager Young Leaders group." Marcus embarked on a very unique path after graduating from Long Beach Poly High School. He was asked to assist with the daily caregiving of one set of his grandparents and also to join the family business of investing. Those two seemingly different fields have allowed him to have a hands-on opportunity in serving and empowering the success of others. Guided by his strong love and belief in God, the legacy of his parents, his late Godmother, Mrs. Ethel Haynes and both sets of Grandparents. They consistently gave of their talents and resources to many civic and charitable organizations for over five decades. Marcus now models that behavior. He demonstrates unprecedented compassion as he encourages other young people to confidently work towards achieving their life goals. He is the founder and Chairman of the Sharon Tyson Illumination Fund, in memory of his mother. This fund provides scholarships to students, and financial gifts to organizations across the world that that are doing good and fostering hope for people. Marcus has been blessed with both a business and personal relationship with the prominent Rockefeller family and the privilege to associate with and learn from members of the Philanthropists Circle - a division of The Synergos Institute, co-founded and led by 99 year old Billionaire, David Rockefeller and his daughter, Dr. Peggy Dulany. Additionally Marcus currently serves on various Boards including The Board of Directors-Andy Street Community Association, The Long Beach/Mombassa Sister Cities Association, Korean Churches for Community Development Advisory Board, Cornell University-Weill Cornell Medical College Children's Health Council, Cancer Research Institute's Young Philanthrophists Council and recently formed Jesse Yuth Scholarship Foundation. He is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, The Aspen Institute, The Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals and Hoag Hospital Foundation 552 Club. He consistently positions himself to serve others. Marcus Tyson was one of the "2015 Villager Award Recipients." He stated in his bio: "My life is summed up by our esteemed hostess, Dr. Gloria Willingham-Toure' s mantra - Lifting as we Climb! The Young Leaders will be coming together and expanding their group leading into the time for our 2016 Villager Awards and beyond. Stay tuned for more information as the group solidifies.

  "Our solutions are bigger than any one profession or job. We must reclaim our interconnections and learn to freely share information with each other, and to support the success of a new generation. We must create connections and collaborations. Our goal must be to move this system in the direction of caring what happens to persons who need it the most, and we must take our place in that effort. We will find a way to make a difference!"

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