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James Poindexter III, CC

James Poindexter III is a former child of foster care who entered the system at the age of 10 after much abuse and being abandoned by his biological parents.

He moved 21 times in the next 5 years before finding a family who would keep him until he aged out of the system. During his time with this family (Robin and Caroline Griffith) and with the help of the National Youth Advocate Program, a top-level foster care agency, and his community, James turned his troubled life completely around.

His parents and NYAP allowed him to enter karate as part of his anger management program. During the next 8 years James, a member of the Fairmont Karate Academy, began to excel. He won 7 National Karate Championships, became a member of the United States Martial Arts Team, won the World Martial Arts Championships and silver-medaled at the Goodwill Games and the World Cup. He also went on to graduate college with 2 degrees and now has his own business, JH Brands, training parents, mentoring youth and speaking professionally about overcoming obstacles and how to think and live like a champion.

James is married to Rawnak Poindexter and has a one and a half year old daughter named Nevaeh. In spite of all the statistics that say otherwise, James has proven that kids in the system can have success.