About the Founders
The founder, Deloris Whittiker, and co-founder, Phyllis Jones, created Positive Peer Pressure, Inc. in response to an alarming rate of crime committed by youth in the Central Florida area. Current data highlights that youth crime in Orlando has risen to an all time high.
A large percentage of Central Florida’s criminal activities are committed by youth and as a direct result, hundreds of these individuals are serving time in Florida’s adult prison system, with thousands more on probation.
With state and local budget cuts overall, many of these youth converge on the Central Florida metropolitan area without supervision or alternative activities. Many of the youth offenders are not the products of impoverished environments and some may or may not have been exposed to positive community activities.
Deloris Whittiker has over 20 years of experience with the State of Florida, with over 20 years as Director of Bridge Builders of Central Florida, a Support Coordination Agency for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Phyllis Jones has volunteered and worked for over 25 years with young girls as well as individuals with developmental disabilities as a personal support provider.
Make A Difference Today
We present an alternate lifestyle to youth between the ages of 9 and 19 who have been involved in the juvenile system or those who are within reach or engaged in activities that put them at risk.
Deloris Whittiker is an Orlando native and graduate of Jones High School. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Deloris retired from the Department of Children and Families where she had an extensive career in Foster Care and with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. She is the current owner of Bridge Builders of Central Florida Inc., a Support Coordination agency.
Phyllis Jones is an Orlando native who attended Jones High School and Clark Atlanta University. She has 25 plus years of experience as social/human services provider servicing developmentally disabled individuals. She has owned and operated her agency over 15 years caring for the elderly and disabled. Her passion is assisting others (youth ) to live a meaningful and productive life by mentoring young girls.
Eddie Harris Jr.
Reverend Eddie Harris, Jr., is a veteran, civic-minded, social justice advocate, who has long since established himself in the central Florida area for the past fifty years through advocacy and community service. He is the Founder and Chairman of EHJ Ministries, Inc., of Orlando, Florida.
When life ceases to make sense, it produces insanity; insanity left untreated, produces chaos; perpetual chaos ultimately leads to destruction!
~Pastor /Overseer Eddie L. Harris, Jr. ~
May 25th 2015
T. Latrice Carmichael
T. Latrice Carmichael is a resident of Jacksonville, Duval County, FL and a native of Orlando, Orange County, Florida. She graduated from Jones High School in Orlando, Florida and Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, FL. She is a mother and wife who have devoted 22 years in the legal field and 20 years into giving back to our most valuable community members, kids. As a passionate and dedicated parent and Community Advocate and Leader, she has spent her life making sure every child unequivocally knows that they matter, know that they will achieve, know that they will exceed all the goals set before them, know that success is a part of their DNA, but most importantly know that they have supportive and passionate people on their side. Through her community advocacy program, “Mommy, Me and My IEP” her goal is to help parents and guardians navigate the system to meet the special needs of the child.
Kenneth is a native of Orlando, Florida; he is the Director of Aspire Tutoring and Educational Services in Orange County. After graduating Jones High School in Orlando, Florida; Kenneth attended (FAMU) Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, FL where he studied Psychology. After college he returned to Orlando, FL to begin working in the private sector. He worked for Hi- Tech Tutoring Center Inc. for 11 years as an Operations Manager and under the tutelage of the executive director gained experience and certifications in education, grant writing and professional development. He began volunteering for several organizations such as NAACP Orange County Branch as Advisory Chairman to Youth Council and Chairman to ACT- SO, the International Baccalaureate Middle School Program as an academic services partner for Orange County Public Schools, and Supplemental Educational Services Volunteer as well as several mentoring programs. After 15 years working in the after school services field, and seeing a need for more diverse in-depth approaches to reaching and motivating youth he founded his own tutoring program aimed at bridging the cultural educational gap for at-risk youth within the Orange County area. Upon receiving behavioral intervention certifications he began working with juvenile offenders in efforts to curb recidivism in youth within his local area. Always looking to improve and develop his educational foundations; to his credit Kenneth has received several diplomas and certifications in Basic English Grammar, Fundraising for Non-Profits and Fundamentals of Childhood and Youth Studies.