Alejandro Castellon joined Son of a Saint in 2011 at the age of 13. In 2016 he became the first Son of a Saint graduate, having earned two diplomas through International High School of New Orleans's International Baccalaureate program. Alejandro was a model Son of a Saint mentee, holding two jobs while helping his mother raise his three siblings due to the willful neglect of their father. He is currently in his freshman year of college.
Amir Jackson, Mentee Since 2017
Andrew Davis, Mentee Since 2017
Abandoned by his father and adopted by a single mother, Andrew Hightower joined Son of a Saint in 2013. Andrew has a passion for math and a big imagination. He attends St. Anthony of Padua and is enrolled in NOLA Micro Schools. He studies Karate, rides dirt bikes and enjoys playing basketball. Andrew hopes to become a U.S. Marshall when he grows up so that he can arrest bad guys.
Anquan Milton joined Son of a Saint at age 12 to gain guidance and support after his father’s death due to complications from open-heart surgery. As a Son of a Saint mentee, Anquan has enjoyed camaraderie with his fellow mentees and points to the week he spent at Camp Rockmont in North Carolina as a highpoint of his time with the organization.
Antonio joined Son of a Saint in 2016 after having a great time with the organization on a trip to a camp in Texas that was sponsored by Justise Winslow of the Miami Heat. Antonio is the youngest of three siblings who lost their father due to health complications.
Cemon “CC” Anderson’s parents are absent from his life. He lives with his grandmother and his brother. CC was referred to Son of a Saint by a concerned neighbor who wanted to steer him away from negative activity in his neighborhood. CC is a bright high school student who gravitates to the sciences, loves swimming and everything aquatic. He aspires to be a marine biologist.
Bradley Baker, Mentee Since 2017
Byron Phillips, Mentee Since 2017
Collin Smith is in the 8th grade at De La Salle. He is a member of his school football team. A mentee since 2015, Collin enjoys spending time with his Son of a Saint brothers and especially enjoyed a camping trip the group recently organized on a big ranch in Texas.
Danny Odem, Mentee Since 2017
David Louis’s first experience with Son of a Saint in 2013 was attending a Tulane basketball game with his fellow mentees. It was a good introduction for a sports lover like David, a gifted athlete who hopes to play collegiate sports. David is a good student who attributes much of his academic and personal success over the past few years to the influence Son of a Saint.
Dawson Blum, Mentee Since 2017
Devonte Robertson joined Son of a Saint in 2014 at age 12 with his twin brother, Devyn, after their father abandoned their family. His favorite subject is math. He loves to play the drums in his school’s band and dreams of playing in for the New Orleans Saints. An eager participant in Son of a Saint’s horseback riding program, Devyn enjoys feeding and learning to ride horses.
Devyn Robertson has been a part of Son of a Saint since 2014, when he joined with his twin brother, Devonte, after their father left the family. Devyn’s favorite aspect of the organization has been the camaraderie with peers and mentors. Devyn dreams of attending college in California and becoming a police sergeant. He also hopes to mentor boys and girls in situations similar to his.
Errol Robertson is a sophomore in high school. A member of his school’s basketball team, Errol hopes for a career as a sports analyst. Errol became a Son of a Saint mentee in 2016, joining his brothers Devyn and Devonte. Their father is absent from their lives due to long-term incarceration.
Isaiah Golman, Mentee Since 2017
Jaedon joined Son of a Saint in 2016 soon after moving to New Orleans from Ohio with his single mother. One of his first experiences with the organization, and his favorite so far, was a camping excursion on a ranch in Texas. Jaedon is a big Ohio State football fan.
Jaheim Walters is known for his big smile and his big determination. The latter is evident on football fields and basketball courts, where he excels, as well as in his pursuit of knowledge. Jaheim has a curious nature – an abiding commitment to learn new things. He is also proud to be a part of Son of a Saint, proclaiming “Son of a Saint for life!” when he joined the organization in 2013. He is currently a freshman at St. Augustine through a scholarship coordinated by Son of a Saint.
Javier Castellon joined Son of a Saint in 2011. He attends the International School of Louisiana, where his favorite subject is Science. Through Son of a Saint, Javier has regained confidence he lost when his father left. Javier is a frequent volunteer at his church and loves to fish – he had his first fishing trip with his Son of a Saint mentor, Nazim, and has been hooked ever since.
Josh White is a young man of many talents. He is a self-described entrepreneur who aspires to be a chemical engineer. At the same time, he is a gifted athlete who envisions playing football collegiately at Texas Tech. Josh joined Son of a Saint in 2014 and credits the organization with developing his leadership skills and teaching him how to be a man. Josh is currently a freshman at St. Augustine via a scholarship coordinated by Son of a Saint. He is a starter on the varsity football team.
It would be hard to find someone who experienced more violence and tragedy than Ka’Nard Allen during the first decade of his life. And yet Ka’Nard thrives. Since joining Son of a Saint in 2013, he has travelled to Montreal, learned to ride horses and begun SCUBA training. More remarkably, Ka’Nard has emerged as a leader among peers. He has introduced two of his cousins to Son of a Saint and participates in all activities, usually with a smile on his face.
Kevin is a high school freshman and a member of the football team. In 8th grade, Kevin wrote an essay dedicated to two positive influences in his life – his mother and Son of a Saint. He credited the organization with showing him how to be a great young man.
Keylon Brown joined Son of a Saint in 2015 while in the 4th grade. Keylon hopes to attend Tulane University and study to become a video game developer or a geologist.
Kolbe Cage is a quiet kid with a big smile. He loves sports, especially basketball, and plans to study sports management in college (he has his eye on LSU, Howard and Georgetown). Kolbe is an active Son of a Saint mentee, participating in group activities multiple times a week since he joined. One of his best experiences was traveling to Montreal with the organization in 2014. He is currently a freshman at Holy Cross via scholarship coordinated by Son of a Saint.
Kyzer Dunbar joined Son of a Saint in 2016 as a 4th grader. He loves chicken noodle soup and his favorite musician is Prince. Kyzer is also an avid basketball fan who considers Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves his hero.
Larry Lewis, Mentee Since 2017
A Son of a Saint mentee since 2015, Louis Zeno lost his father to natural causes in 2013. Louis is a sophomore at McDonough 35 Senior High.
Marquell Price has been part of Son of a Saint since the organization’s inception. He joined for guidance due to the long-term absence of his father and to gain deeper personal relationships with boys his age. Marquell is a bright scholar who upholds a 3.78 GPA and aspires to attend Duke University. He loves to paint and draw and hopes to be a professional artist.
Miles Price was the third boy to join Son of a Saint after the organization's founding in 2011. In the time since, he has worked towards his goal of attending college while maintaining a respectful, positive disposition in his daily life. Miles enjoys playing basketball and is a member of his high school’s marching band. He plans to attend college and run his own business one day.
Miles Stewart joined Son of a Saint at the organization’s inception in 2011. A freshman at Lusher High School, Miles is a solid student who enjoys math and social studies. Miles is also highly active in sports, participating in football, basketball, baseball and tennis programs. One of the high points of his time with Son of a Saint was meeting his hero, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. “It was a dream come true,” he said.
Myron Taylor has been a Son of a Saint mentee since 2014. He loves football and wants to be an engineer when he grows up. He says he’d like to return to Son of a Saint as a mentor. “I want to teach other kids what I learned,” he said.
Nathan Penn joined Son of a Saint at the age of 11, having lost his father to longterm incarceration. In the time since, he has participated in every activity the program provides. Nathan is currently a sophomore via a scholarship coordinated by Son of a Saint. He enjoys math, loves participating in sports and dreams of becoming a professional football player. A recipient of his school’s Good Citizenship Award, Nathan has a passion for community service. “As long as I am helping out somewhere, I am happy,” he said.
Quinten Crump was the very first young man to sign up with Son of a Saint in 2011. He's highly active in the organization and aspires to be an engineer. Quentin is currently a freshman at Lusher High School.
Like many boys his age, Damaiyuran “Scooter” Compton dreams of being a professional athelete. Less typical is the specificity of his plans to get there: He plans to major in engineering at Texas A&M before beginning his career as a Major League Baseball player. Damaiyura credits Son of a Saint for helping him learn to make better decisions in life.
Seddrick Reynolds joined Son of a Saint in 2016 at the age of 11. Seddrick loves seafood and his favorite musician is Usher. When he grows up, he hopes to be a police officer or a math teacher. His hero is his mom.
A recent arrival to Son of a Saint, Semaj Matthews excels on the basketball court. He’s currently the top ranked player in the state as a junior, and even caught the eye of NBA All-Star Anthony Davis who gave him some tips in a one-on-one session. His athletic experience will serve him well on his chosen career path – Semaj wants to be a sports medicine doctor. Semaj joined Son of Saint with his younger brother, Shammar.
Shammar is a fifth grader who loves sports. He enjoys playing football and is the fastest runner in his school. Shammar’s hero is his big brother, Semaj. The two brothers joined Son of a Saint together in 2016.
Tavis is an inquisitive 8th grader who joined Son of a Saint in 2016. He excels in track and field, and is a great cross country runner. He hopes to attend De La Salle for high school. Tavis lost his father to violence a few years ago.
A search for a positive, constructive environment that he lacked at home led Taylor Weeks to become one of Son of a Saint’s first mentee in 2011. Today, Taylor is a high achiever. His favorite subjects are history and civics, and he has a keen interest in journalism. Taylor was recently awarded a scholarship to Phillip Exeter's summer program in New Hampshire. With the help of a scholarship coordinated by Son of a Saint, Taylor is currently a junior at De La Salle, where he is a member of the soccer team.
A new Son of a Saint mentee, Terrol is 16 years old. His father is absent from his life, and Terrol is intent on being the changemaker for his family, and the rest of us – the future inventor says he wants to create a product that will change the world.
Trey Hand joined Son of a Saint in 2012 after the sudden death of his father. Now on scholarship at St. Augustine High School, he maintains a 3.20 GPA, thrives in mathematics and is captain of the tennis team. Trey’s most memorable Son of a Saint experience was earning a trip to Montreal, where he developed a love of the French language and began taking French lessons upon his return.
William Eleby joined Son of a Saint in 2016 as a 4th grader. William dreams of being a professional musician and enjoys watching movies – his favorite is Home Alone. Asked who he considers a hero, he named his grandmother. If William could have a superpower, he’d like to fly around the world.
Winston Westley, Mentee Since 2017
Having lost his father as a baby, Zander Dunbar joined Son of a Saint at age 9 in search of positive male influence. In his time with the organization, Zander has progressively broken out of his shell. He believes the program will help him become a leader at home, in the community, at school and in his church. His favorite aspect of his involvement with the group is simply hanging out with his Son of a Saint brothers. Zander is currently in seventh grade at St. Augustine with a partial scholarship he earned through great grades last year.
Lon Nichols, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2011
Ola Adegboye, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2011
Nicholas Peddle, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2016
Chris Musco, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2014
Mark Schneider, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2014
Julio Burmudez, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2014
Lovell Cooper, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2013
Ulysses White, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2015
Clayton Shelvin, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2015
Allen Smith, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2013
Jon DeTrinis, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2016
Jacob Robinson, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2016
Scott Aertker, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2016
Derrick Strozier, Son of a Saint Mentor since 2016
As President/Executive Director of Son of a Saint, Bivian “Sonny” Lee III has dedicated his life to enhancing the lives of fatherless boys. Prior to founding the organization, Sonny served as chief aide to Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. He was previously was Director of Operations for the New Orleans Zephyrs AAA baseball team and Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute.
Sonny graduated with honors from St. Augustine High School and later earned a degree in marketing and management from the University of New Orleans. A TEDx speaker on community service, decision-making and the importance of education, Sonny’s nonprofit work has been highlighted on CNN, Al Jazeera America, NPR and local television stations and newspapers. His work on behalf of the community and the Son of a Saint organization has garnered numerous awards, including:
- 2016 New Orleanian of the Year, Gambit Weekly
- 2015 Angel Award, Blue Cross Foundation
- 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Americans, United States Junior Chamber
- 2014 People to Watch, New Orleans Magazine
- 2013 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award
- 2013 Champion of Change Award, Crescent City Chapter of Links, Inc.
- 2013 Millennial Change Maker Award, Spears Consulting
- 2011 40 Under 40, Gambit Weekly
Board of Directors
CFO and Executive Associate Athletic Director for Business Affairs, Southeastern Louisiana Athletics
CEO and Founder, Vision Health
CEO, Durand Group and DP Solutions
Peter Hamilton III
The Law Offices of Peter Hamilton III
Bivian “Sonny” Lee III
Founder/President, Son of a Saint