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Message From the President

Over the past 14 years, we have delivered on our promise to make a difference in the lives of those socially and economically disadvantaged youths living in underserved communities by serving as Advocates for education, health awareness, career/professional development, and mentoring.

During this time, we have remained relevant in the communities we serve as a result of the continued commitment and dedication from our board, members, and donors. As with any thriving organization, our relevance will rely on a continual evolving strategy towards growth and sustainability.

We extend an invitation for you to join us and contribute to our efforts for improving the quality of life and to enhance educational and cultural opportunities for youths within our communities.

The Advocates have assembled a team of accomplished executives and business leaders from across the United States. The team's diverse background include:

• Medicine
• Law
• Education
• Banking
• Finance
• Entrepreneurship
• Entertainment
• Technology
• Small Business


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About Tony Ferguson, President of Advocates USA

Tony Ferguson, born in Baltimore, Maryland, received a BS degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Upon graduating, Tony taught Mathematics for grades 9-12 for one year at Northern High School in Baltimore.

Following his year of teaching, Tony moved into the technology field and now has 34 years of professional experience in all aspects of Information Technology, covering assignments of progressively increasing technical complexity and managerial responsibility. During this time, Tony also attended the University of Maryland University College, National Leadership Institute. Tony also has certifications from Project Management Institute and ITIL.

Tony has always had a passion for "Making a Difference" in the lives of youths living in disadvantaged situations by devoting his time to mentoring and raising funds for scholarships to provide financial support for high school juniors and seniors preparing to enter college.

Tony is active alumnus of the UMES and currently serves as President of the Advocates USA non-profit organization. He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and VP of Finance / Treasurer of the Kappa Alpha Foundation of Metro Baltimore. He also serves on the board of directors for the Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Chapter of Baltimore and the Advocates Pro Golf Association.

Tony's passions are Technology and Investments, and his goal is to make a difference in the lives of others. His hobbies are golf, wine, travel, and listening to jazz.

Advocates USA Board of Directors:

• Bill Allen
• Charles Boyd
• Dr. Kerry Cox
• Dr. Vallen Emery
• Tony Ferguson
• Ray Fontenot
• Rod Henley
• Alvin Rucker
• Shawn Washington
• Byron Scott

Advocates USA Vision

The Advocates USA will take a leadership position in helping to improve the quality of life and to enhance the educational and cultural opportunities in the communities we serve.

The Advocates USA will be a self-reliant entity that is funded, in the majority, by its fundraising initiatives, investment opportunities, and grant contributions.

The Advocates USA will strive to be recognized regionally and nationally as a leader in the support and development of socially and economically disadvantaged youth that empowers them to reach their full potential.

Advocates USA Mission

To utilize our common passion, varied talents, and collective resources; to garner the corporate and private support needed to be Advocates USA for health, education, and economic development for socially and economically disadvantaged youth.

Advocates USA Sponsors:

• Nestle USA
• Abbott Laboratories
• Southwest Airlines
• Farmers Insurance

• Brotherhood Crusade
• Roger Dunn Golf Shops
• Adidas
• Oakley

• Kay and Paul Hopkins Foundation
• AT&T
• Ayco Foundation

• McClure Family
• PGA America
• Byron Scott - Head Coach, LA Lakers