OUR HISTORY & FOUNDERS
A Greater Good Foundation (AGGF) was founded in June of 2016 by four young men from the Chicagoland. Having all grown up with their own personal and environmental battles, they became aware that opportunities for growth, learning, and development were scarce.
During college, our founders were introduced to personal development (i.e. social-emotional learning) through network marketing. They enthusiastically introduced their peers to the same business and information and watched everyone involved organically grow to become empowered. The business endeavor did not last, but studying personal development did. After reflecting on everyone’s growth, our founders vowed to bring this information back to the communities they were from.
Our chief goal is to holistically develop youth and our communities through restorative practices and our unique social emotional learning curriculum! We create safe and engaging environments for young people from diverse backgrounds to connect and become vulnerable discovering themselves. Our work spans from grade school, to college students, on to school administrations, and communities.
As growth and change are inevitable, our impact and approach will continue to evolve with our personal experiences and understanding of how to meet the needs of our communities. Whether you've been a part of this journey since day "1" or just today, we're grateful to have you be a part of this holistic community development network.
CHARLES CARTER JR.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Charles, born on the south side of Chicago and raised in Gary, IN is a graduate of Valparaiso University and former division-I athlete. Having a troubled childhood himself, Charles discovered a sincere passion for giving other misguided youth a second chance at discovering their greatness. He is a product of a support team that refused to give up on him. He brings this very heart and mindset to the foundation every day.
CODY K. COTTON
CHIEF OF HEART
Serving, Connecting, and Growing is a passion for Cody(Maywood, IL). Early in his journey, his passion to serve communities emanates from his innate love for people. Cody was blessed with the opportunity to graduate from Valparaiso University in May and start building his dream that same month. Following years of self-growth, diverse experiences, and the burning desire to invest in his community, holistically, it provoked him to help create the lasting vision of A Greater Good Foundation.
JOSHUA M. EASTER
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Joshua was born in Oak Park, IL and raised in Chicago and western suburbs. Being around different communities made him want to improve neighborhoods that were less fortunate economically. Joshua attended Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh,NC where he majored in Sport Management. He recently completed his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern University, while also
working as a Teaching Assistant for children with Autism. He strives to create positive relationships and improve self-confidence through sports, recreation, personal development and mentorship.