Nate Evans. Photo courtesy of Nate Evans.

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

UNIONNate Evans, Jr., a nationally-known public speaker and youth advocate from South Jersey, will be honored at The Academy 365 Black Boy Believers Black Tie Gala at Kean University Liberty Hall on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6-10 p.m.

Evans, who resides and Mays Landing and a Pleasantville native, is an author, mental health advocate and the founder and CEO of The Nathan Evans Jr Group, LLC consulting firm. He has been recognized for his positive engagement with youth around the country.

An inaugural member of the Front Runner New Jersey’s Class of 2022 30 Under 35 Top Young African Americans of South Jersey, Evans was recently the keynote speaker this year at the Cape May County NAACP Freedom Fund Gala.

Evans, a first-generation high school and college graduate, had served as the teen center director at the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club.

In his FRNJ 30 Under 35 profile, Evans said he lives by the quote “Change what you normalize,” which was inspired by his mission to eradicate the stigmas around mental health in underserved communities and enhance emotional intelligence amongst Gen Z-ers.

This passion was birthed by his own battles with mental health issues due to childhood trauma which he overcame. With this motivation, he has developed workshops for high schools, colleges and non-profits based on emotional intelligence and resilience.

The Academy 365, based out of Essex County, was created as a safe space for African American boys and to create programming that counters the dominant negative narrative about Black men in America.

The Academy tries to accomplish this through creating resources and tools to assist young men in establishing a core identity, and elevated level of emotional intelligence, and social awareness.

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