James Mitchell
Year
2019

James Mitchell began serving the city of Albany in 2010 with The Altamont Program and later moved to Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP). In these organizations, he supported, and trained adults on how to re-enter the workforce using soft skills, modifying their perspective.  Through this work, James learned how to engage with the clients he was serving, but also the entire city, developing working relationships with the community and different organizations throughout Albany like Mission Accomplished, Trinity Alliance, Catholic Charities, BOCES, and Maria College.

In 2011, James founded Young Futures, an organization that focuses on creating different art and educational programs, and encourages the conversation of mental wellness within the inner city. Young Futures has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, Sunnyside Center, Youth FX, Ben & Jerry’s, and the Barn. Young Futures holds after school programs, summer programs, and weekend fun activities. James’ mission has always been based around family, growth, and partnership.

Since joining the Mission Accomplished Transition Services team as a Community Advocate Manager, James is continuing to support his community. As the Community Advocate Manager, he assists the Albany school district with ensuring that the Albany High School renovation project has a larger number of people of color in its business and workforce development. He builds relationships with the local labor trade union representatives on the Albany High School project and also assists individuals with connections to the unions and encourages MWBE to become certified and sub-contractors on this major project.