• Pierre Hollins knows the importance of reinforcing communities through their youth. After spending over a decade working with at-risk youth in both education and juvenile justice settings, Hollins noticed the lack of strong positive male role models in the lives of young men. He saw how this affected not only behavior but outcomes for these youth, and knew that providing a mentoring opportunity could completely change their lives. On a leap of faith, Hollins decided to construct his dream into a reality by founding Rooted Ones in February 2017.

  • As the President and Founder of Rooted Ones, Hollins is dedicated to creating well-rounded experiences for young men in Greater New Orleans. Over the past three years, the organization has helped over 25 young men graduate from high school and attend college or vocational school. Rooted Ones is driven by their mission to provide opportunities for young men to learn about their culture, build their confidence, and grow into community leaders. Hollins is a graduate of Destrehan High School, holds a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts from University of New Orleans, and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Development from Grambling State University.