KXAN Segment: STEM panel at SXSW empowering youth to reach goals

Supporting our youth by providing insight and inspiration while giving back to support organizations who are enriching lives in Austin such as the BLF Foundation and Boys and Girl’s Club of Austin was the focus of Create + Innovate Panel Discussion during the SXSW conference.

On Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:00 am, KXAN News aired a segment with the event organizers, including Jason Mayden, CEO/Founder of Superheroic, Donica Williams, Head of Marketing for The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, and Brian Fontenot, CEO/Founder of the BLF Foundation. You can see this segment by clicking the link below.

The BLF Foundation is still collecting donations for the Foundation and also the Boys and Girls Club of Austin, TX. The donation amount is a suggested donation but you can also make your own donation amount. Click the links below to support organizations that are investing in our future leaders and problems solvers to have great access to resources to aid their success.

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Create + Innovate: A Discussion on Disruption and Entrepreneurship

He’s designed for Michael Jordan and more athletes than he can count. Now, he’s started his own shoe company for kids.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend “Create + Innovate: A Conversation on Disruption and Entrepreneurship.” Join Jason Mayden, Former Nike Design Director and Global Innovation Director, as he leads a discussion that will inspire entrepreneurs, young and old.

This free event will be held on the University of Texas Campus on Saturday, March 17th from 1:00 pm — 3:00 pm. Students will have the opportunity to participate in dialogue with Jason and learn how he founded his own start-up after working with Nike for over 13 years.

Now CEO + Co-Founder of SuperHeroic, Jason is a mission to inspire creativity through the power of play.

About our keynote speaker:

Jason Mayden, a Chicago native, was Jordan Brand’s first design intern. He climbed his way up the ranks to become the brand’s lead designer. While at Nike Jason created products for Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Derek Jeter and, of course, Michael Jordan. He also helped launched Steph Curry’s app, Slyce.

After a 13 year career at Nike and Jordan Brand, Mayden set out on a new path following a conversation with his then seven-year-old son, who was crying because of his weight issues. Mayden quit Nike and began working on Super Heroic — a brand that is reinventing the way children play through sneakers and apparel.

With the backing of investors in Silicon Valley and Magic Johnson, the company created its first-ever performance shoe, the TMBLR V1, which was designed specifically for the playground.

Currently, Jason is an advisor, d.Fellow and Media Designer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, a frequent lecturer at Stanford University’s prestigious Graduate School of Business and an advisory board member to his undergraduate alma mater, the College for Creative Studies.

Mayden is also at Accel Partners assisting with the continuous development of Accel’s brand position amongst the global community of investors and entrepreneurs while working with portfolio companies on deepening and extending their knowledge and ability to create cultures of curiosity.

RSVP to attend by clicking here

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L.ove I.nspires T.ogetherness Initiative: Holiday Edition

Through the collaboration of The Great Ones, Encore ATX, BLF Foundation, and Black Alumni Austin, we present the LIT Initiative. LIT stands for “love inspires togetherness.” We seek to unify the community through acts of love. This holiday season, we will focus on giving back to the homeless community located in Downtown Austin.
As we end another blessed year, we want to give back to those who are less fortunate. We will be preparing lunch bags with sandwiches, chips, water, and a letter of inspiration for the homeless.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 12PM – 4PM at Huston-Tillotson University in the Dickey Lawless Auditorium. We need your help packing the lunch bags and handing them out. Our goal is to provide 200 lunch bags for the homeless.
12PM – 2PM: We will be making the lunch bags at HT University in the Dickey Lawless Auditorium.
2PM – 12PM: We will make our way towards downtown Austin and begin handing out the lunch bags.
Light refreshments will be provided for the volunteers. You will also be able to learn more about each of our organizations.
We also need your help with donations. The items we need to be donated are bread, lunch meat, individually wrapped chips, and water. If you wish to donate, please sign up here https://goo.gl/o86APx.
If you wish to donate but can’t make the event, please contact Brandon Boone for a pick-up at 318-415-9928 or Brandon@WetheGreatOnes.com. You can also contact Brandon if you have any questions or concerns.
You can also donate online by clicking on the product below.
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Results of Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive

Thanks so much to everyone who donated to the BLF Foundation, Young Black Austin, We The Great Ones, Encore ATX, and Black Alumni Austin Fundraiser to support Hurricane Harvey victims. Thanks to your support, we gave over $2,000 of in-kind donations to support those affected. The Greater Houston Area has been deeply impacted by your generosity. Houston still needs your continual support as they continue to rebuild the city after this hurricane. Please stay tuned for future volunteer opportunities as we seek to continue to give back to support our local communities!

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Baytonian in Austin Pitches in to help victims of Harvey

The Baytown Sun ran an article on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 on the Hurricane Relief Efforts supporting the City of Baytown, through the BLF Foundation, Young Black Austin, Encore ATX, Black Alumni Co-Op, and The Great Ones. We have raised over thousands of dollars in donations to support those affected by the recent hurricanes. So thankful that our collective efforts were able to impact those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Baytown, TX. Let’s continue to help others!

Learn more on how to help below.

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Houston Harvey Storm Relief Drive

Houston has been hit with storm of unprecedented levels. It has been devastating to over 6.5 million Houston citizens, and definitely has hit home for the BLF Foundation. My hometown is currently under evacuation, where people can’t leave if they wanted to.

The BLF Foundation, Young Black Austin, The Great Ones, Encore ATX, and Black Alumni Co-Op are focused on finding solutions to help support the many survivors who need our help. We have a few different solutions on how you can play a part in helping Texas (Houston and Austin).

Item Collection

Encore ATX will be hosting various events throughout the month of September. Each event will be used as a drop off location. Please view our needed items list to figure out what items you can bring to the Encore ATX events to drop off. Each week, we will be dropping off items at one of our designated partners who have troops on the ground, getting these items into the hands of the citizens who need it most.

Item Pick Up

All organizations will be picking up items if you cannot meet at the pick up locations. Please contact (512) 887-8600 for arranging a pick up. Also, you can email harveystormrelief@g0z.3a9.myftpupload.com to arrange a pick up. We will drop off these items amongst all of the other items we collect during all Encore ATX events.


BLF Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non profit, and will be collecting donations throughout the month of September to go toward the purchase of items that are needed for the survivors of Harvey. Every Friday, we will go out and purchase items from our needs list, share pictures of receipts and of our drop off. All of your donations are 501(c)(3) tax deductible and will be going towards a good cause. Donate here to make an impact and partner with us.


  • Water Wader Boots (2-3 feet high)
  • New undergarments (all sizes, children and adult)
  • New socks (all sizes, children and adult)
  • Toiletries (ie: shampoo, facewash, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.)
  • New bed pillows
  • New blankets
  • Cleanup supplies
  • Black trash bags
  • Mops and buckets
  • Utility knives
  • Leather work gloves
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Box fans
  • Clothing is not needed
  • inflatable rafts
  • baby wipes
  • bottles of water
  • Cliff Bars
  • 3m Masks
  • clean blankets

Organizations We Are Working With

These organizations have troops on the ground and are working constantly to help affected citizens. Your donations and items will be going towards these organizations:

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Thank you for attending EleVate | First Year Results

Thank You for Attending EleVate

Thank you so much everyone who attended EleVate: A Live Music and Poetry Fundraiser for the BLF Foundation. We hope you enjoyed the live music from Jon Keyz and The Keyz Street Band, Javae, and poetry from Brandon Thorton and Ash The Floet! Thanks for the music tunes via DJ A/C and DJ Kay Cali! We hope you enjoyed the amazing food prepared by Chef Gil’s Catering. Thanks to Hanovers 2.0 for allowing us to utilize your space for our program!

Thank you for your partnership in helping to prepare, develop, and cultivate our next generation of future leaders, business owners, and career driven young professionals.

To learn more about the BLF Foundation’s Mentorship and Scholarship program, please see the video below.

2017 Mentor, Mentee, and Executive Director Reflections

First Year Progress Report

After celebrating a year of dedication to personal, emotional, and professional development for countless college students, we are excited to share results in our program. Learn more about your mission, vision, our why for existence, and results of the in kind value donated through countless partners, mentors, volunteers, and more!

A Big Thanks!

Our program could not have been successful without our countless sponsors, including our Platinum Sponsor State Farm, contributors, mentors, Board of Directors, and other special volunteers. Thank you so much to everyone for your partnership!

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Join us August 20th for a Live Music and Poetry Fundraiser!!

The BLF Foundation is celebrating over a year of supporting the development of countless college students, through our annual scholarship program and our yearly mentorship program. Join us on August 20th as BLF Foundation, Kickback Brunch Group, and Encore ATX host a afternoon of live music and poetry!

DJ A/C and DJ Kay Cali on the 1s and 2s, hosted by National Poet Brandon Thornton with Ash The Floet performing original pieces, with sweet sounds by Singer Javae and live music from Jon Keyz and the Keyz Street Band.

Doors open at 1, program starts at 2:30 pm.

Each ticket’s proceeds will go towards the BLF Foundation’s Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program and Annual Scholarship Program and include Hour D’eourves, Catered by Chef Gil Catering.

To learn more about the Developing Future Leaders Mentorship program, please visit g0z.3a9.myftpupload.com/mentorship. To learn more about the Richard Fontenot and Susan Moore-Fontenot Honorary Annual Scholarships, please visit blfoundation.org/scholarship.

All Sponsorship Inquires can be directed to contactus@g0z.3a9.myftpupload.com

Look forward to seeing you there!

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