Al-Tariq Best, also known as Mzundastood to his music fans, was born and raised in the city of Newark. He, the middle child of three boys, would quickly have to learn to receive direction from the elder brother while still providing direction for the younger brother. It is through this character trait that Al- Tariq would discover his “calling” and become a voice and change agent for today's youth. This calling led to the forming of the entity FP YOUTHOUTCRY FOUNDATION Inc., a non-profit organization in Newark, NJ. FP YOUTHOUTCRY FOUNDATION Inc. serves as a premier vehicle for serving the community freely. He has created such programs as My Thoughts Out Loud (MTOL) Traveling Youth Summit, Rhymes4Reasons, and Families Involved in Structured Training (FIST). Mr. Best’s efforts in the community did not go unnoticed, as he has received “The Spirit of Newark” award by Newark Now in September of 2009 and the “Excellence in Community Service Award” by Odyssey International Productions. He continues to live true to the FP motto - “Today’s ears prevents tomorrow’s tears!”
Tiffany Aliche, a New Jersey native earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University, She put aside a career in corporate America to teach the underserved youth of Newark, NJ. To enhance her studies in teaching and supervision, she earned a Masters Degree in Education from Seton Hall University. Her collegiate studies in Business Administration and Education combined with her love for teaching has enabled her to successfully share her knowledge of financial literacy.
Motivated to help empower her community she coordinated free financial literacy events throughout the city of Newark, NJ. She started first by helping family and friends and then extending her services to churches, schools, and community centers. Ms. Aliche has also created a financial literacy game, Real Life (a game of choices) and has penned a book, The One Week Budget. Ms. Aliche brings her passion for event planning, financial literacy and commitment to community to the FP YOUTHOUTCRY Foundation.
Ms. Walker was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, is the mother of two biological girls, ages 20 and 17, and two adopted girls, ages 10 and 17. Ms. Walker’s professional background involves human resource and recruitment with major corporations. This experience enhances her knowledge of the corporate world and understanding of leadership. She was heavily engaged as one of the Board of Directors for her daughter’s school, University Academy Charter High School in Jersey City, NJ. She is currently an HR Specialist with the Newark Housing Authority of Newark, NJ, where she has been awarded the External Customer Service Award for her diligence, sufficiency, and excellence in how she serves the public. She is in school now for her Professional Human Resource Certificate.
Ms. Walker joined FP YOUTHOUTCRY FOUNDATION Inc. because she wanted to give her time to an organization that deeply reflected her personal beliefs and goals. As Director of HR, Ms. Walker exhibits strengths in corporate structure, HR policy and procedures, organization and team building. She provides direction and integrity for FP, and as a concerned mother, she brings the warmth of caring and sharing.
The FP YOUTHOUTCRY Foundation found a diamond in the Executive Administrative Assistant to the President—Audrey Daniel, a loving, compassionate, team-player who goes beyond the call of duty. Mrs. Daniel supports FP in every aspect; she is the nuts and bolts that hold the Executive team together on a daily basis. She is the mother of 7, first to graduate from college in her family with high honors, and is involved in community service through Phi Theta Kappa.
As a volunteer at her children's schools, she understands the cries of the youth. Her experience in seeing her own son almost loose his life to gang violence enabled her to understand the vision that was given to the founder and president, Mr. Al-Tariq Best. Whole-heartedly, Mrs. Daniel accepts the challenge to help the youth become change agents.
A graduate of both Science High School in Newark, NJ and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ Mrs. Robyn Leigh Butler has stayed close to her roots. Concentrating on media studies Mrs. Butler earned a B.A. in American Studies. She then took her gift of writing and media creativity back to Newark and began writing media material for small businesses in her community free of charge. Once her daughter attended Pre-School she became even more active in volunteering for her community and for Head Start Education. While dedicating time to her neighbors Mrs. Butler continued writing and performing her poetry being published on many on-line magazines. She also spent time as an internet radio personality.
Mrs. Butler is now a Board of Trustees member for The Leaguers Inc. and is on the steering committee for the Urban Issues Institute at Essex County College. As the Director of Public Relations & Media, Mrs. Butler once again brings her gift of writing, media creativity, and dedication to her community to FP YOUTHOUTCRY helping to bring positive attention to our youth.
Mr. Keith “Gator” Toomer born in Camden, NJ is no stranger to overcoming the many obstacles that plague inner-city families. He has experienced the trenches at the tender age of 11 when his family migrated to Essex County for he would witness first-hand the infamous struggle and protests surrounding the infamous riot in Newark. Mr. Toomer would essentially become a product of his environment, as he was surrounded by non-profit organizations and activists within the community thus cultivating the over-whelming desire to contribute to the growth of his environment.
Although he is the biological father of a son and daughter, Mr. Toomer is a father figure in the community, embracing children of all backgrounds, creeds, and ethnicities. He adapted the nickname “Gator” for his swift and precise attention to detail in whatever he does. He honed these skills amongst many and became known as the community “handy-man” for physical labor and mental support. He currently serves as a Logistic Agent for the FP YOUTHOUTCRY Foundation.
John Canady was born and raised in the city of Elizabeth. Experiencing the turmoil of the streets, Mr. Canady would quickly find comfort in the language all seem to understand—music. He fell in love with Hip-Hop pioneers like Run DMC with hits like “My Adidas!” a popular song in the mid 80s. Although music would prove to be an outlet for Mr. Canady to express himself it wasn’t until he experienced his first Block Party that he became motivated to move the crowd and become a disc jockey. So John went home and continued his already massive collection of records and created DJ X-man.
DJ X-man definitely became a household name, “rocking parties” in successful local clubs like Club 88, Sensations, and The Zanza Bar. DJ X-man would continue to hone his skills, showcasing them at many parties and clubs around the Tri-State area where he would meet an artist by the name of MZUNDASTOOD, who would become the eventual CEO of the FP YOUTHOUTCRY Foundation.
The father of four, DJ X-man was inspired to reach other children in the community when he reconnected with Mr. Al-Tariq Best. His natural father instincts often kicked in when he saw a child neglected or simply desiring attention. Remembering how music brought him comfort during his child hood, he utilizes his talent in music through his efforts at FP YOUTHOUTCRY.
"As adults, we must ask more of our children than they know how to ask of themselves. What can we do to foster their open-hearted hopefulness, engage their need to collaborate, be an incentive to utilize their natural competency and compassion...show them ways they can connect, reach out, weave themselves into the web of relationships that is called community."