Foundation of Youth Development St. Petersburg College
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About Me

Melvin Shepard Jr, 

I was born in the great city of Tampa, FL, on July 27, 1980 (Go Bucs). I am married with five children and an unscrupulous dog who uses me. I am a family man that enjoys the blessings of a big family. Also, I’m a community activist, teacher, and humble man of God. I earned a BS in Human Services and a Masters in Organizational Leadership & Management. Now he’s working on my Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership. I’m currently an adjunct professor of  Business and Human Services. Full-time, I’m a program manager overseeing a 3 million dollar grant at St. Petersburg College. My program operates in the heart of the most unserved areas of South St. Petersburg, FL. I idolize and model my character after great servant leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, President Obama, and Jesus Christ. I have dedicated my career to working with underrepresented and underserved populations in many fields, such as education, Juvenile Justice, and Workforce. I am passionate about educating, mentoring, and teaching minority men. I believe with hard work and faith, nothing can stand in the way of your dreams. 

 Fun Fact: I delivered my 4-year-old daughter. 

(EdD) Doctor of Education - 2023

Education Leadership

Grand Canyon University

(MS) Master of Science - 2022

Management and Organizational Studies

Springfield College

Bachelor - 2022

human services

Springfield College

Teaching History
Foundation of Youth Development
St. Petersburg College

Jul 2021 - Current

St. Petersburg College

Jan 2019 - Jul 2022

Areas of Specialization
Christian Human Services Leadership Business ethics Management Organizational Leadership Organizational Development Organizational Culture Diversity Management Diversity religious experience Religion Leadership in higher education Leadership in Adult Education Entrepreneurship Leadership Development Leadership Coaching Leadership Wisdom Leadership Ethics Human Development Organizational Change Adult higher Education adult education

Fields of Study
Leadership Organizational Development Education Human Services