Sherman Levelt Jones
He always had a desire to work with Youth and was blessed to have held jobs such as, The Special Events Coordinator for the City of San Jose, Parks and Recreation. He was a liaison for the Mayor’s office worked closely with the Office on Child Care for the City of San Jose; his team created and facilitated events for over four thousand (4,000) students throughout the City of San Jose. He later transferred to City Wide Youth Programs Division where his duties were to provide self-esteem, motivation, leadership, and job search workshops for both youth and adults throughout the city of San Jose. He was later promoted to Teen Activist for Community Change and Leadership Education (TACCLE) Coordinator for the city of San Jose. This program was overseen by Stanford University’s Self Esteem and Disease Prevention Center in conjunction with North Carolina University. A grant was given to study the effects of tobacco on our youth.
Over the past twenty (20) plus years Sherman has worked as a counselor for Court Dependent Abuse/Abandon children. In the course of his duties, he has had the opportunity to work with a variety of denominations in the Church Community, also a variety of Civic, Non-Profit, and Profit Organizations.
The serious crime of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and the need for Pastors (especially Pastors with a background in Christian Counseling) to get involved was first brought to Sherman's attention by his wife Alisha after she had attended a Riverside County CSEC Training. He than started going to CSEC Training classes and received a CSEC Trainers Certificate from the County of Los Angeles. During this time, Sherman also saw a void in educating communities concerning the “Human Slavery of Children.” As a result Sherman founded Team New Birth. One of the major recruiting tools that CSEC exploiters use to recruit their victims is the youth themselves! Sherman believes that the youth could also be used conversely as a weapon to help combat the sexual exploitation of children as well. Team New Birth is the CSEC Education and Prevention Division of Ferree’s Group Homes Inc. Ferree’s Group Homes is a non-profit organization that has been providing housing, therapy and counseling for court dependent abused, Abandoned, and youth on Probation for over 25 years. Ferree’s Group Homes have served youth from Riverside County, San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County. Also Ferree’s Group Homes has a history of buying, selling, renting homes to moderate and low Income families.
Sherman has over 20 years of experience working with and developing programs for at risk youth, he knows that God made eradicating Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children a Mission for him. Sherman's was quoted as stating, “Our Soul Belongs to God and It Is Not For Sale!”
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