West Palm Beach, April 4, 2017 – Being a Chick-fil-A Operator is about more than serving chicken, it’s about having a positive impact in the local community. That’s why Justin Mize, Chick-fil-A Boynton Beach Blvd. Owner/Operator, is partnering with Urban Youth Impact (UYI) for the 2nd Annual Spring Stampede 5K Run/Walk on April 22 @ 7:30 am at John Prince Park, Lake Worth, FL.
Urban Youth Impact recognizes Justin Mize for his partnership to impact the inner-city youth with hope for the local community. He said, “The UYI mission and my mission are closely aligned with what we do at Chick-fil-A. It’s a natural fit to partner together.”
Name: Justin Mize
Career: Owner/Operator Chick-fil-A Boynton Beach Blvd.
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Residence: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Family: Wife, Sarah Beth and two children; Maylee (5) and Davey (3)
Why did you choose Urban Youth Impact?
I met Bill Hobbs, Urban Youth Impact Founder/President, at the UYI Charity Golf Classic in 2016 with fellow Chick-fil-A member, Rob Morris, who is on the UYI Governing Board. Bill invited me to tour the Dream Center in West Palm Beach. During the tour, I could not escape the burden Bill carried for his community and realized that it aligned with me personally. Seeing the kids and excellent programs in action touched me. Bill is on a mission to impact the inner-city of Palm Beach County and make a difference in the lives of youth and their families.
I am inspired by the passion of Bill and the UYI mission to love, equip and empower inner-city youth and their parents to fulfill their God-given purpose. I knew the mission I have for Chick-fil-A Boynton Beach Blvd. – to impact the Boynton Beach community by developing leaders and genuinely serving – aligned with the UYI mission. Together we will be a catalyst for hope in our local community. Everyone needs hope; it’s foundational to life. I want to be a part of instilling hope in young people. I’m thankful for Bill’s vision.
How long have you been involved with UYI?
I knew about UYI since 2011, but it wasn’t until I moved back to West Palm Beach that I wanted to re-engage with UYI to find out how to partner together. I spent three years in Tampa with Chick-fil-A and moved back to West Palm Beach to be closer to family.
While in Tampa with Chick-fil-A, I planned and executed a benefit race. So, when I returned to West Palm Beach it was an excellent partnership to integrate into the 5K Run/Walk along with Urban Youth Impact. Chick-fil-A specializes in hospitality by leading with our food and great people. It made sense to leverage our big 3 with the UYI 5K event.
Describe your partnership.
UYI launched an outreach program in Boynton Beach where we focus our service. Every week I have several Chick-fil-A team members serve with Luther, UYI Outreach Coordinator, at the sports outreach program and the VIBE. We bring the food and play sports with the kids.
What are your goals when you volunteer?
I want my restaurant to make the biggest footprint as possible. We sell chicken and yet I get to impact the lives of my team members by encouraging them to serve the community and at the same time invest in the future of local youth. It’s amazing seeing my team turn their attention out to the community. It’s more than just selling chicken. We are focused on this generation and want to be a catalyst to make an imprint. My goal is to invest in the lives of youth and instill hope. The motivation of my goal comes from the corporate purpose of Chick-fil-A that has been hard-wired into the framework by Truett Cathy – “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”
About Urban Youth Impact:
URBAN YOUTH IMPACT is on a mission to love, equip and empower inner- city youth and their parents to fulfill their God-given purpose. Founded in 1997 by President Bill Hobbs and recognized as a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational enrichment, resources, facilities, personal mentorship, and job-readiness training to facilitate the growth and development of Palm Beach County’s underserved youth. Serving youth ages 6-18 with programs that foster educational, entrepreneurial and community-building success through its Leadership Academy, SMART (Science Meets Art), Reframe Work Program, Entrepreneurial Academy, and Summer Camps.
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