J. Craig McClay serves as the Youth Engagement Specialist at America's Promise. McClay, a native of Baton Rouge, LA moved to Boston, MA as a teenager in the late 1980's, a time when inner city neighborhoods were plagued with crime and violence. New to Boston, Craig began working with other young people on a range of social justice issues including, but not limited to job creation, fair housing, quality education, public health and safety. After experiencing and witnessing the power of full youth engagement, he was a believer.
For more than 25 years he has engaged, recruited, trained, hired, organized, mobilized, supervised, advised, mentored, and supported thousands of young people as they developed into dynamic leaders at home, school and beyond.
As a life-long student in the art and science of group facilitation, Craig’s calling to work for social justice has fueled his drive to create environments that engage and connect passionate people around opportunities to share dreams and celebrate diversity, while aligning values with resources before acting together to problem solve and create mutually symbiotic alliances that foster pathways to happier and healthier life outcomes.