Former NBA superstar and Olympic gold medalist Allan Houston will be bringing his leadership mentoring program that emphasizes Faith, Integrity, Sacrifice, Leadership and Legacy (FISLL) to Seton Hall.
Part of the The Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, FISLL enjoys an exclusive partnership with the NBA and the FISLL Project focuses on "Youth Voice and Leadership cultivation, combining the model of leadership teaching and restorative behavioral science with mentorship, character development, media content, events, and programming."
The Community Care and Justice initiative has joined together with The FISLL Project, the Village of South Orange, the City of Newark and its Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery, The H.U.B.B (Helping us Become Better) and Seton Hall to bring this leadership mentoring program to Newark police officers, South Orange police officers and youth from both Newark and South Orange.
Through FISLL, Houston utilizes his sports philosophy combined with his dedication to servant leadership to empower participants to create social impact by coming together. The program's ultimate goal is to empower cities, entities and organizations to create compassionate collaborative communities and cultivate servant leaders.
"This is an opportunity for us all to sit down as human beings and find a way – lead a way – to common ground," said Professor Juan Rios, co-director of Community Care & Justice and director of the graduate social work program at Seton Hall. "Cops and kids, profs and credible messengers from the community – we all have a part to play in the solution. And Allan Houston's program – emphasizing faith, integrity, sacrifice, leadership and legacy – lays the groundwork."
LaKeesha Eure, LCSW and director of the Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery, agreed: "The FISLL program is a perfect complement to the holistic approach to community wellness we have taken in Newark. Systemic problems require systemic solutions. And in integrating all aspects of the community – police and citizens, academics and community practitioners, government officials, businesses and private organizations, the young and old – we are better able to come to real answers that work for real people in the real world. I believe FISLL has the power to be the next piece in that puzzle for the City of Newark."
Participating in the event will be:
- Dean Georita M. Frierson, College of Arts & Sciences at Seton Hall University
- Donna Coallier, Village Trustee, South Orange Village
- Lakeesha Eure, Director of the Office of Violence Prevention & Trauma Recovery
- Ernesto Morillo, Lieutenant, South Orange Police Department
- Professor Thomas Shea, Director of the Police Graduate Studies Program at Seton Hall University
- Al-Tariq Best, CEO/Founder of The HUBB Arts & Trauma Center
- Jamila T. Davis, Practitioner in Residence, Center for Community Research & Engagement, Seton Hall
- Professor Charles Grantham, Director of the Center for Sport Management at Seton Hall and former Executive Director of the NBA Players Association
- Dennis Carter, Executive Director Allan Houston Legacy Foundation
- Allan Houston, Olympic Gold Medalist, Two-Time NBA All-Star and FISLL Founder
The kickoff event for the program is on Tuesday, October 12, from 6 - 8 p.m. in Jubilee Hall; it is free and open to the public.