Founder and CEO of Young Men of Resilience, LLC
Sarah Cadogan, a native of Plainfield, New Jersey, is a community activist whose community outreach ventures span over three decades. Her journey to empower communities began as a young teen. While still in high school and college, she embarked on numerous community service projects. During her matriculation at Plainfield High School, she was actively part of the National Honor Society, Yearbook Committee, Gospel Choir, Calligraphy Club, Student Council, Mayor’s Task Force Work Program, helped with Voter Registration Drive for Plainfield, member of Committee to elect Mayor Everett C. Lattimore, member of Committee to elect Mayor Richard L. Taylor and Plainfield Action Services Community Action Board Member. While attending Trenton State College, she was an active participant with the Minority Programming Committee, Black Student Union, Caribbean Club, Black History Committee, Langston Hughes Players Theatre Troupe, Utimme Umana/La Voz Oculta Magazine and Student Government Association. She developed a directory of minority businesses for the Trenton, New Jersey area and was instrumental in campaigning for passing of bills 1308 and 1309 in the NJ Assembly for divestiture of public funds from South Africa.
As a mother of four children she continued to be actively involved as a community stakeholder while her children matriculated from elementary school through high school. She served as Community Representative on the Evergreen Elementary School Management Team, PTO Treasurer of Evergreen Elementary School, Co-Chair of Maxson Middle School Management Team, Leadership Team for South African Teens for Christ, Finance Director, Administrative Assistant, Pathfinder Scout Leader/ Master Guide, and Youth Department Director at Metropolitan S.D.A. Church and Secretary of Church of the Living God‘s Food Pantry. Ten years ago Ms. Cadogan cofounded the Daybreak Annual Community Holiday Party for Families in Need.
In December 2010, she launched her own organization, Young Men of Resilience, LLC., after the tragic loss of her 17 year old son, Spencer N. Cadogan, to gun violence in November 2010. This organization serves as a tribute to Spencer and is committed to empowering young men to become contributing members to society.
In 2012, Young Men of Resilience launched its community service project, "Christmas For Babies." The organization hosts baby showers at shelters and presents blanket packages to hospitals during the Christmas holidays. Since launching this initiative, Young Men of Resilience has serviced more than 1,100 babies across the state of New Jersey.
In 2013, Young Men of Resilience had its 1st Annual Puzzle/Board Game Drive to benefit the Plainfield Public Library Children’s Library and to date has donated more than 900 puzzles and board games.
During the summer of 2014, Ms. Cadogan collaborated with three other community businesses, Malcolm Nelson-Mills Memorial Committee, Triumph Over Tragedy and NAACP, thirty–six vendors and health organizations and seventy local businesses for a Community Back to School event. This event was attended by some 6,000 people and serviced more than 2,700 children with back to school items.
On September 11, 2015, Young Men of Resilience founded Project HOPE. An initiative which assists families who are grieving the loss of their unborn child. Hope Initiative provides a special blanket for the infant to be wrapped in and a HOPE card for the parents.
Co-Founder of Young Men of Resilience, LLC
Teen Activist / Educator
Lance Boyd, a native of Plainfield, New Jersey, is an award winning educator and youth community activist. In addition to performing in numerous theatrical productions since the age of 7, he has written and directed plays for urban youth as a teacher in metro school systems. The productions encompass global issues faced by teens.
His affiliates exemplify positive roles for young people via the creative arts. Such educational initiatives and production companies include Alliance Theatre Teen Play Series, Atlanta Street Theatre, Catch XXII Global Arts Center, Atlanta Metropolitan College Prep, CAU Saturday Science Academy, Fulton County Call to Manhood/Rites to Passage Program, Men of West Organization, National Urban Coalition for Unity and Peace, Peachtree Urban Writing Project, Latin Teen Organization, T-Dionne Media Broadcasting, Urban League of Essex County Youth Film Project, Development of an Athlete, Young Men of Resilience, and Ronald E. McNair Boys Academy of Dekalb County Schools.
Mr. Boyd has won numerous awards for his outstanding contribution to education. His most noteworthy award in education is the recipient of the Atlanta Public Schools System wide Middle School Teacher of the Year Award. He further received recognition and honors by the Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, Governor of Georgia, Association of Educators, Atlanta Federation of Teachers, Atlanta Partners of Education, Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Co Cola Educators Award,
His lifetime commitment to youth extends beyond the classroom as he promotes aspiring recording artists who use their musical ingenuity to empower communities via television broadcasts, radio networks, showcase venues, video productions, studio recordings and on-line artistic ventures. To his credits, Mr. Boyd has hosted 3 radio shows "The Kingdom Worship Hour", "Generation Breakthrough" and the Lance Boyd Radio Show. The Lance Boyd TV Broadcast airing from the international city, Atlanta, Georgia USA is on 3 networks- Dekalb, Atlanta city and South Fulton County, Georgia. The television show can be viewed via worldwide streaming via a host of websites and podcasts.