"We're going to instill the right kind of confidence in our people and take our community back square mile by square mile"
- Timothy Dawkins-EL/2013
Next Level Vision has been the inspiration and creation of this organization to honor the life and legacy of Timothy D. Dawkins-EL and many other families that have loss children to gun violence. Timothy was 24 years young at the time of his transition and full of life and love for his family, friends and community. Regrettably, his life was stolen from us on August 21st, 2013 ten days before his 25th birthday. Timothy was murdered in South East, Washington, DC by a stray bullet (9mm Glock) as he walked home to charge his cell phone with a friend.
On that day many lives were changed forever. Timothy was a father, brother and mentor. His son, Ezekiel U. Dawkins aka (EZ) was only two years old at the time of his transition. Timothy loved Ez with all his heart and was a good father to him. However, Ez will never experience the opportunity to feel the love of his father. Ez misses his father deeply, often wondering about the type of person and life he once lived.
Timothy Delontae Dawkins (1988-2013) was a community activist whose primary goal was to uplift the youth of his hometown in Washington, DC. Timothy aka Lil Daddy served as a leader in a Faith Based Program at Potomac Job Corps. In that capacity he ministered, mentored and spoke at various events. Timothy worked diligently in his community trying to make a difference, especially with the right path in life. One of his many quotes was "We're going to instill the right kind of confidence in our people and take our community back square mile by square mile."
He was educated in the District of Columbia Public Schools. He received a Diploma from Ballou Senior High School, STAY Program, which is Partnered with Job Corps. Timothy entered the Apprenticeship program/Integrated Electrical Service and earned an electrician certificate. He attended the University of District of Columbia, where he majored in Political Science. Also, Timothy was enrolled in the Spirit of Faith Bible Institute (SOFBI), where he was studying to become an ordained minister. Shortly after, receiving his electrician certificate, Timothy worked at the Heller Electric Company and Jim Corridon Electric Company. Timothy has left a legacy and treasure of his memory for his son Ezekiel Uzziah Dawkins aka EZ.
In this committee our leaders are working with family engagement who experienced from gun violence: trauma, tragedy, substance abuse, mental health, education, jobs and empowerment trainings.
In this committee we are coordinating with partners on policies, peace walks, vigils and advocacy while keeping an eye on gov't efforts.
In this committee we are working to impact economical loss of resources in our community and looking at the injustice on our black and brown community.
This committee is created to assist with helping to get GUNS out of the homes and off the streets.
The responsibility of this committee is to help find resources and build infrastructure and capacity for newer organizations.
In this committee we hope to create communication networks thorough various outlets.
Jenise Patterson, Chairman of the Community Unity Committee and Founder of ParentWatch Inc., an advocacy group that works with parents and their children's rights. We look forward to working with her as we step into the next level together.
Rev. Gholston, Chairman of the Street Justice Committee he is also Senior Pastor at Peace Fellowship Church, former pastor, Advocacy & Community Engagement at many other associated churches.
Melinda Robertson, Chairperson of the Social InJustice Committee and the Founder/CEO of Black Mothers for Justice and Host of Njustice an online radio show. She is also the author of “A Black Mother’s Guide for How to Survive the Judicial System”. Melinda brings many talents to NLV movement.
Jennifer Massey, Chairperson for the Red Flag Committee. She is also the Deputy Chair Leader for Moms Demand Action. She lives in Washington DC with her children.
Stephanie Mercedes, Chairperson of Resource Development Committee. She is an Argentinian/American artist. Mercedes melts down weapons confiscated by DC police and turns them into other resources.
Clarence Miles, Chairperson of our Public Profile Committee, Executive Director and life-long resident of Washington, D.C. who attended Dunbar High School graduating in 1976. Mr. Miles developed a passion for uplifting youths of our communities by providing the tools needed to fulfill their education, occupational and life goals.
Our stakeholders are: