Justin Lewter

Carlos Davis

Justin lives by the mantra: There is no acceptable loss of children. He is a youth advocate, educator and author. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Mr. Lewter earned his undergraduate degree at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, in May 1993; and an MBA from Queens University of Charlotte, in May 2011.

He began his professional career as a teacher in Brooklyn, New York. It is here where he claims he received his “real” education. As an educator, he instructed students in Social Studies and Art, as well as coached football & softball, offered after school assistance with homework and tutoring, and mentored young men in local basketball camps. In 1996, he married and relocated to Durham, NC. Still
dedicated to working with young people, Mr. Lewter worked as a Youth Advocate for a regional nonprofit network focused on educating disadvantaged youth about Social and Economic Justice issues. Through this position, in 1997 he was given the opportunity to chaperone a North Carolina delegation of youth to an International Leadership Conference in Havana, Cuba.

Mr. Lewter has spent much of his professional life serving the youth as a teacher, counselor, mentor, confidante and friend. He is presently the Director of Exploring and Special Initiatives for the Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America. An avid historian and writer, he recently published the book “WhyScouting Works for Black Boys” to promote the opportunities that Scouting offers to African-American youth from socio-economically challenging circumstances. He spends his free time as a mentor with the Sigma Beta Club and is an active member in the local graduate chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

However, the people who are most appreciative of the benevolence and kind nature of this young man are his wife Kim and his children; Nile (20), Jaiya (17), Jela (16) and Jasmine (14).