Consulting, Training, and Speaking
Jareem Gunter was born and raised in West Oakland until his family moved to Antioch. After graduating from Deer Valley High School in Antioch, Jareem moved to Sacramento to continue his education at Sacramento State University. He attended Sacramento State for two years until he transferred to Lincoln University in Missouri after being awarded a full ride baseball scholarship. Jareem performed at a high level and was predicted to go to the Major Leagues. Unfortunately during his last year at Lincoln Jareem's dream to play professional baseball was shattered when he became extremely ill and was forced to give up baseball permanently. As much as Jareem wanted to fight for his future career in baseball, he let go and was directed in a different path, working in youth development.
Jareem has been working in youth development for over 15 years, primarily in areas with at-risk youth. His passion for youth is driven by his lifelong desire to transform the lives of our future leaders. He is no stranger to public speaking and has had a chance to speak around the country, including on Capitol Hill. As a recent self-published author of “The Man Book’, his current focus is to empower young men on the journey to manhood.
Jareem has been making a positive impact across the Bay Area through his leadership and creation of various programs. Among those include FLY (First Love Yourself), which operates at two high schools in Oakland and addresses the transition to manhood among adolescent males. Another includes Men's Corner, which brings men together to learn how to become better men and how to lead the way for youth growing up in today’s society. An original quote he lives by is, “My life is not about me; it is about what I can give to this world.”
“When I was growing up, I didn't know how blessed I was. A lot of my friends and extended family didn't have their fathers around, so my dad became like a surrogate father to a lot of my peers. I remember friends of mine getting bad grades and their moms sending them over to my house so my dad could discipline them. I never realized how special that was. I believe I was blessed with the greatest father in the world, who had been taught by the greatest grandfather in the world. This was just my case, so I decided while playing baseball in college that no matter what road I took—whether it were baseball or anything else—I would be a man youth could look up to."