"YOU MISS ALL OF THE SHOTS YOU DON'T TAKE"
Vernon Brundage Jr.
An emerging voice for the millennial generation, VERNON BRUNDAGE JR. uses fresh and innovative approaches to inspire and motivate others to become their greatest selves. Receiving formal training in the economics discipline, Vernon is currently employed as an economist for the United States federal government. He is also the founder and Executive Director of investED Enrichment Services, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves at-risk youth in low-income communities.
In October 2018, Vernon independently published the Amazon #1 bestselling book Shoot Your Shot: A Sport-Inspired Guide To Living Your Best Life which uses principles and examples from basketball to help the reader navigate through life and realize their dreams. Vernon's debut novel Beyond the Arc will be released on October 24, 2023.
Additionally, Vernon travels the country speaking to youth and young adults on the importance of using perceived failures as fuel to help one attain success.
Originally from the Philadelphia, PA region and now residing in the Washington, DC metro area, Vernon enjoys playing basketball, reading, writing, working out, traveling and spending time with loved ones in his leisure.
From a young age, Vernon has been actively involved in the community. He first started as a camp counselor at a local church at the age of 13 and immediately realized he was able to connect with his peers and the youth. Vernon would go on to mentor undergraduates in college and worked with youth in the university town through Big Brother, Big Sister. During college breaks, Vernon volunteered as a librarian at his hometown's public library so that community members could check out books and use the computers for educational, professional, and leisure purposes.
Even though he struggled to make ends meet once he moved to Washington, DC in 2009, Vernon still made it a priority to be active in the community. He served as a mentor at local high schools and was a mentor with Higher Achievement's Afterschool Academy. In addition, Vernon led several scouting programs for the National Capital Area Council's Boy Scouts program.
In 2013, Vernon founded investED Enrichment Services, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the Washington, DC metropolitan region, providing assistance to at-risk youth and persons living in low income communities, in the form of tutoring, mentoring and community service activities. The organization currently conducts a mentoring program serving youth in Southeast Washington, DC with tutoring sessions for those struggling in particular school subjects as well as seminars based on specific topics including, but not limited to: health and wellness, goal setting, financial literacy, life after high school, dining etiquette, self-esteem building, public speaking, proper hygienic practices, and dressing for success.
For more information about investED, visit www.invested4life.org.
An experienced youth and young adult speaker, Vernon has traveled the country speaking to students about the key principles to attaining success and realizing one's dreams. See the video below to view the highlight video from Vernon's talk at Chattanooga Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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VERNON BRUNDAGE JR.
AUTHOR, ECONOMIST, ENTREPRENEUR, SPEAKER
Washington, DC Metropolitan Area
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