Seeing such a need to address the educational and social needs of underrepresented populations, Atrayus founded Movement of Youth (MOY) in 2006 as a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. MOY is based on a similar program that Atrayus completed during high school sponsored by the Greater Charlotte Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America. In 2018, MOY became a member of the AmeriCorps National Service Network.
Atrayus also serves as the inaugural President & CEO of MENTOR North Carolina, a statewide affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, Atrayus leads a team that is working to increase the number of youth in quality mentoring relationships across North Carolina while working to address the systemic barriers that young people face on a daily basis. This includes cross-sector strategic engagement to elevate mentoring programs across the state, tracking external impact measurements, and providing the link between MENTOR’s national efforts including public awareness and advocacy through national campaigns such as In Real Life, Coaches’ Challenge, NBA Cares, and National Mentoring Month. MOY serves as the host site for MENTOR North Carolina.
Atrayus has global experience, including consulting in South Africa with Vuleka Schools, leading several all-Black delegations to Cuba with Witness for Peace to examine historical and present-day Cuban realities, and traveling to Palestine with Eyewitness Palestine to explore issues of detention and incarceration, the Israeli military court system, and Palestinian and Israeli efforts to achieve peace with justice.
Atrayus is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the UNC Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Young Alumni Award and the North Carolina Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, the state’s highest award for volunteer service. He has also been featured on various media platforms, including TED.
An active member of the community, Atrayus is Co-Chair of My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Orange County, an Advisory Board Member with the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs, and Chair of the National Board of Directors of Witness for Peace. Atrayus holds a Master's of Science in Organization Development from the American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC and B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Atrayus resides in Durham, North Carolina and is the proud father of Everette Rose, 7.
Siera Nie has worked in human service for over 5 years. She earned her BSW from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2018. During her undergraduate studies, she worked with two nonprofits serving youth. She has prepared group activities to enhance youth’s social, intellectual, and emotional well-being. Siera strives to ensure that higher education and equitable opportunities are accessible to all youth. Siera enjoys cooking and spending time with family. She is also the proud mother of Aveana, 9.
Anissa Williams is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Medical Anthropology. She is passionate about community advocacy and social justice, centering these passions around health promotion and mentorship within marginalized communities. She aspires to one day further her education in public health to engage in community-based health equity research. Anissa is originally from Henderson, NC and now resides in Durham, NC.