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This profile was last updated on 8/15/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Chief Executive Officer

LIFE Camp Inc. & NY Peace Week
Phone: (917) ***-****  
127-08 Merrick Blvd.
Springfield Gardens , New York 11434
United States

Company Description: LIFE Camp reinforces its mission through its I Love My LIFE Campaign, using merchandising, promotional materials and positive affirmations to reinforce self esteem...   more

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Peace is a LIFE style | Founder, 15 Aug 2015 [cached]
Erica Ford
CEO and Founder of LIFE, Camp Inc.
"This is not a job, this is my LIFE; my undying love keeps me committed to my people until my glory day takes me away." ? Erica Ford
Erica Ford remembers what it was like growing up in Jamaica, Queens back in the 1980s, where crack use and gun violence was an everyday occurrence. A resident in the high crime neighborhood since the age of five, Erica grew up attending countless funerals for friends and seeing mothers left alone to raise their children after losing their husbands to death or prison.
With a burning desire to help effect positive changes in her community, Erica attended a rally for the December 12th Movement, an international human rights' group. Joining the December 12th Movement empowered Erica, then 18, and solidified her life's ambition to become a change maker. Shortly after, she founded the Black Consciousness Youth Move- ment that not only helped create and develop student governments in New York City high schools, but also organized action against police brutality, while calling for self- accountability.
While at York College (The City of the University of New York), where she earned a bache- lor's degree in political science, she served as President of the Black Student Caucus, Vice President of the Evening Student Government and co-founder of The Code Club, formed in 1994, with her friend, the late Tupac Shakur, and others. The group's mission was to keep young people out of jail and to decrease "Black on Black" crime. In 1998 and 1999, The Code co-coordinated the Million Youth March where tens of thousands of young people from across the country assembled to rally against injustices and strengthen their plat- forms.
In 2002, the tragic murders of two children in her community inspired Erica, along with Jef- fery "Ja Rule" Atkins and others, to create the monumental LIFE Camp (Love Ignites Free- dom Through Education).
Erica's made numerous appearances in print, television, radio and Internet outlets and has partnered with numerous entertainers, and athletes, such as Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Salt & Pepa, NBA Allstars Kenny Smith, Stephon Marbury and John Starks, NFL Superbowl Champ Michael Strahan and TI, to name a few, encouraging them to give back and play an active role in transforming lives and communities:
After practically 30 years of dedicating herself to championing for today's youth, Erica Ford shows no signs of stopping. Her current 'Bury Da Beef' campaign has put together a citywide coalition/campaign to reduce gun violence. Another recent brainchild, her NY Peace Week, occurs each January and honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of non- violence.
"HERStory" Erica Ford, CEO of LIFE ..., 1 June 2015 [cached]
"HERStory" Erica Ford, CEO of LIFE Camp Inc. & NY Peace Week
"HERStory" Erica Ford, CEO o...
Peace is a LIFE style | Press, 14 Jan 2014 [cached]
Erica Ford & Russell Simmons On HuffPost Live
Erica Ford & Russell Simmons On HuffPost Live
By LIFE Camp, Comments Off on Erica Ford & Russell Simmons On HuffPost Live
Erica Ford, who heads South Jamaica Cure Violence Program and is founder of Life Camp, has been battling violence most of her life
Erica Ford, who heads South Jamaica Cure Violence Program and is founder of Life Camp, has been battling violence most of her life
Erica Ford, founder of Peace Camp talks to Roseanne Colletti about the fourth annual Peace Week.
Daily Challenge: Community Leaders Announce Peace Week 2013 / Russell Simmons, NYC Councilmen and Erica Ford announce NewYork Peace Week 2013
Peace is a LIFE style | About Peace Week, 15 Aug 2015 [cached]
Erica Ford - Founder
Erica Ford is widely respected as one of the most diligent and hard working activists of her generation. Always on a mission, she is uncompromisingly dedicated to improving of the lives of Black and Latino youth and of the community-at-large. Her current service is centered on LIFE Camp, a youth-based nonprofit organization that she co-founded in 2002. Ms. Ford's life long activism, however, began years prior and has taken her all over the world. Of her years of service, Erica offers this perspective: "This is not a job this is my LIFE, my undying love keeps me committed to my people until my glory day takes me away."
A native New Yorker from Queens, Russell has been working closely with Erica Ford, giving talks in schools and correctional facilities on how young people can make positive choices despite adverse conditions.
Michael Strahan has been an avid supporter of LIFE Camp, Inc. and the efforts of Erica Ford for over five years.
This dialogue has been hosted with ..., 15 Aug 2015 [cached]
This dialogue has been hosted with LIFE Camp Inc's Erica Ford, The First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, and twenty-five other notable, influential New Yorkers.
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