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About Our Organization

Leaders Become Legends is a non-profit organization with 3 Co-Directors Bretto, Derric, James all are Fathers, Businessmen, Frontline Community Leaders, Activist with lived life experiences relatable with the demographic we serve. While working with and mentoring young So Called Blacks, So Called Hispanics, and So Called Native American frontline community members for over ten years helping them to get re-engaged with learning, gain employment, and connect to other resources we’ve found that 85% of the the young adults that we worked with were not prepared for the opportunities that came their way. Due to family situations, lack of know how, living situations, substance abuse, lack of education and other barriers. We created Leaders Become Legends to fill in the gaps through mentoring young adults to prepare them for opportunities. Leaders Become Legends will provide necessary resources to adequately address mental and physical health needs, financial and social needs, ownership, and economics to foster independent individuals who are engaged citizens contributing to the improvement of their communities.

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How We Make A Difference

We Create our own job opportunities and work closely with our young adults on mental and physical healthcare, cognitive behavior therapy, soft skills, work skills, and entrepreneurship. We also provide support to employers on diversity and inclusion matters and work close with our community partners that hire our program participants. As we continue to grow we will add different career opportunities in different sectors and career fields.

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While working side by side with our young adults and helping them to deal with trauma, life skills, coping skills and stress management.

Financial Support

Earn pay during the program. Help with banking and personal financial literacy which is important.


Connect to services such as mental health, employment, addiction, education, and professional / career mentorship

Daily Goals

• Work on self
• Learn something new
• Hands-on training
• Find housing resources
• School
• H.E.A.T Cognitive therapy
• NA/AA classes
• Completion of licenses and certifications
• Responsibilities such as Laundry, exercise and etc.

Productive & Safe Space

A place to focus on what needs to be done, not just for work but other areas of life.

Community Service

The perfect way to give back to their communities to show the importance of community and seeing the appreciation of helping from the other side.

Fathers, Businessmen & Frontine Community Leaders

Meet Our Team

Mike “Libretto” Jackson

Co-Founder, Co-Director & Mentor

Derric Thompson

Co-Founder, Co-Director & Mentor

James Turner

Co-Founder, Co-Director & Mentor

Mike “Bretto” Jackson

Bretto is a father, activist, musician and recording artist who has substantial experience in mentoring and workforce development. For eight years, he served as the Self Enhancement Inc. studio/music composition coordinator where he mentored youth through “Black” music history and production. Bretto started the Role-models Applying Positive Pressure, or R.A.P.P. Music-Mentoring Program at The Rosewood Initiative (under Jenny Glass) with David Jackson (aka Portland Trailblazers DJ, OG One), He was also an employment specialist and navigator for the InFocus program at SE Works, and currently works for POIC as the Community Healing Initiative/Elevate Mentoring Program Manager. Where he mentors so-called “African American” and “Hispanic” gang-impacted young adults and formerly incarcerated young adults through culture, wellness, career-oriented employment, crisis response, and knowledge of self. At the same time, he is the founder and co- director of a nonprofit organization called “Leaders Become Legends”, to provide mentoring through employment to help create leaders int he community, starting in the clean energy workforce. He hopes to help foster a better future and inspire young adults to help others through trauma-informed work, including as a Lines for Life Cultural Community Advocate.


Derric Thompson

Derric’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of rehabilitation, resilience, and the commitment to positive change. Despite facing challenges early on, such as not completing high school and getting involved in gang life, he managed to turn his life around through reentry programs and gainful employment. For more than a decade, Derric has dedicated himself to helping youth navigate similar challenges. His involvement in volunteering at the Oregon Youth Authority system and working with organizations like SE Works, Worksystems Inc., and Prosper Portland showcases his commitment to making a positive impact in the community and in the lives of others. One key aspect of Derric’s success is his continuous pursuit of personal and professional growth. He actively seeks out training and development opportunities, evident in his certifications in Moral Recognition Therapy, H.E.A.T, job development through Worksource Inc., suicide prevention through ASSIST, and other trainings related to drugs, alcohol, and domestic violence. These certifications not only reflect his dedication to acquiring valuable skills but also highlight his holistic approach to addressing the complex issues that individuals may face Through his work and personal development, Derric has become a role model for those he helps. His story serves as inspiration for individuals who have faced adversity, showing that with determination and the right support, positive change is possible. Derric’s multifaceted involvement in various youth programs demonstrates his commitment to creating opportunities for others to reintegrate into society, find employment, and reengage with education.


James Turner

From a challenging background, James has overcome adversity, gaining vital life lessons during his youth and incarceration. Self-taught to read at eighteen, his journey since then is marked by 9 years of freedom, supported by positive mentors, continuous learning, and professional growth. A graduate of Constructing Hope with diverse certifications, including OSHA, CPR, Green Clean, and screenprinting, James has cultivated a wealth of experience. His expertise extends to helping individuals establish companies, from licensing to accounting, reflecting a commitment to empowerment and success. Founder of a clothing line, James embodies resilience and determination.