About Us

Welcome

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Sapphire Youth Development Center is an educational, recreational, and social facility designed to provide programs available to youth age 5 - 18 years of age.

Our mission is to equip youth with invaluable skills through creativity and personal development putting them on the path to fulfilling their full potential. This is accomplished by providing opportunities that allow the youth to explore, dream, and grow into outstanding citizens, building lasting, positive changes in their lives. We instill our core values of integrity, excellence, self-discipline, and personal growth and development.

Sapphire is solely funded by donations and grants. No donation is too small. Our goal is to raise enough funds to change the lives of our youth and enrich and deepen their growth and development. To date, we partner with local school systems as a part of their community school division.

We offer a wide variety of programs promoting positive youth development recognizing their developmental needs and encouraging the expansion of their minds during various phases of their social, physical, and intellectual maturation.

The Board

Board of Directors

Derek Higgs

Derek Higgs

Board Chair / Co-Founder

Derek is the owner of Higgs Leadership Development and is a native of Queens, NY. He is a married father of five and a grandfather of one. Derek is a certified speaker, coach, and trainer and has been the director of local youth mentoring programs. He once organized a mentoring partnership with the Gwinnett County North Metro Program, which served students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD).

Robyn Higgs

Robyn Higgs

Treasurer / Co-Founder

Robyn Higgs is a native of Long Island, NY. She is married, a mother of five and a grandmother of one. Robyn is a certified speaker, coach, and trainer and a former professional runway model and concert dancer. Robyn has 30+ years of leadership experience in the dance community as well as working with youth and young adults.

Ronda Youngblood

Ronda Youngblood

Vice Chair

Ronda Youngblood, MBA is Owner and Executive Director of Infinity Learning Educational Services in Alpharetta. Ronda has over 20 years experience in education as a teacher, tutor and administrator. She spent 10 plus years working on executive teams for some of the top tutoring and test prep companies in the industry.

Christopher Ramage

Christopher Ramage

Secretary

Christopher Ramage, a Mississippi native, found his way to New Orleans, LA in 2008 where he worked, volunteered, mentored, and created a non-profit organization. Although he did not develop his charitable backbone in New Orleans, he did develop his love of community outreach and youth development while living/working in the city for 12 years. In addition, his experiences in volunteering and fundraising also consists of multiple collegiate and local community organizations. He is excited to be a part of the Sapphire Youth Development Center and to make an impact in his new city...Atlanta, GA.

Derek Anglin

Derek Anglin

Board Member

Derek is the lead pastor of NewGrace in Commerce GA and is steadily engaged in ministry, leadership and public speaking endeavours. He enjoys serving others and has a real love for people, regardless of their age, background or situation. Derek is happily married to his wife Ashley and they have four beautiful children.

John Barber

John Barber

Advisory Board Member

John Barber is married to CJ Barber and together they have a 23-year-old son who attended SCAD Atlanta and is completing his degree in Cyber Security. He is President and Owner of SpeedPro Imaging of Norcross Ga. John took the company from the 65th franchise studio (out of 120) to the 6th largest revenue company in the system in less than 2 years. In 2020, the company set a 13-year revenue record and became the 5th largest SpeedPro franchise in North America, and in 2021 he was named “Owner of the Year”. Mr. Barber is a well-respected and accomplished Executive with over 35 years of corporate experience in companies including Proctor & Gamble, PepsiCo (where at age 34, he was VP of Marketing Equipment for North America with 3200 employees and annual cash flow responsibility of $1.5 Billion). Aside from business, Mr. Barber is also a current Board Member and Trustee for The Cottage School, a 501c3 school In Roswell Ga, for children grades 4-12 with Learning “Differences”.

Bianca Rayner

Bianca Rayner

Board Member

A Mom, G-Mom, and Entrepreneur with a passion for making life better for the people whose lives she touches. Bianca was born in Ecuador and came to the US to attend high school in Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Finance and Accounting, with a minor in Marketing. During her professional career, she held senior leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies, influencing the future of business operations and finances. Her love for delivering stellar financial results to her clients, coupled with her passion for serving others and her love of family, truly allows Bianca the opportunity to make life better for others while making her own dreams come true.