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About The Carter

The Carter Foundation program is dedicated to mentoring, reinforcing, values, and transforming the lives of young people in the community. James Carter founded TCF to educate, motivate, and elevate children in the community to aspire and reach their full potential.


TCF is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 2014. TCF has established partnerships with schools, community agencies, and businesses. In addition, mentees who graduate from the program have the opportunity to receive scholarships and job opportunities. As of today, the organization serves hundreds of students throughout East Mississippi and Alabama.


  • Academic Tutoring

  • Mentorships

  • Character Development

  • 1:1 Relationship Building

  • Entrepreneur Workshops

  • Career Readiness 

  • Sports & Recreation

  • Physical Fitness & Teamwork Activities


Mr. James Carter, a Meridian MS native, wears several hats. Carter is a philanthropist, speaker, father, husband and entrepreneur. He launched the Carter Foundation in 2014. Carter's philosophy of life centers on elevating one's circumstances. He created this foundation to motivate, educate, and help children grow into mature adults. Carter believes his passion for his organization comes from his own childhood. He says,“ I was those kids. We always live close to housing projects, right across the street, right around the corner. I always hung out in the housing projects, and I started to mimic some of the behavior that I saw. I ended up getting involved with things I shouldn’t have gotten involved with. That became my motivation to cultivate the next generation."

Carter travel to schools, churches, community centers, and correctional facilities in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee to serve as a mentor and motivational speaker for youth and community groups. 

Carter has served in numerous roles for community organizations, including Vice President of The Mississippi Action For Progress, Vice President of The Wesley House Community Center, and owner/operator of Carter World Wide LLC.

Carter has been presented with numerous accolades, such as the Top 20 Under 40 awards as one of Meridian's emerging leaders, Meridian Public School District's Parent of the Year, NAACP Entrepreneur Award, Mannie Mitchell Youth Service Award, and Meridian's Community Man Of The Year.

Carter vows to be a gateway rather than a gatekeeper. 

Our Story

 In response to the increasing number of teen homicides and related youth crimes in Meridian, Mississippi, Mr. James Carter established TCF to educate, motive, and elevate children and young adults in the community to aspire and achieve their full potential. TCF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. TCF was established in 2014 with a core group of ten members. Initially, the foundation hosted local community events to inspire youth and bring the community together. In addition, TCF provides in-depth programs for at-risk youth with opportunities for development they may not otherwise receive by teaching and encouraging them to make positive decisions while learning to be role models and productive citizens within the community. Today, TCF serves approximately 75-100 youth throughout East Mississippi. TCF has established solid and effective partnerships with local schools, community agencies, and local businesses. As a result, TCF has a one-hundred percent graduation rate. In addition, mentees who graduate from the TCF program receive scholarships and job opportunities through community partnerships. Programs provided include: Academic mentoring activities, character development, one-on-one relationship building and tutoring, entrepreneur workshops, career readiness skills, sports, recreation, and other activities promoting physical fitness, and teamwork. Our mission is to educate, motivate, and elevate "at-risk" youth and to help facilitate their transition into the adulthood. Our hope is to create an environment where barriers are broken, and negative statistics are reversed as these youth embark on the journey of life-long learning and growth. Our vision is to reduce violence and create opportunity, while teaching accountability and standards through character building, innovative thinking, and entrepreneurship. Our motto is: Educate, Motivate, Elevate 

Meet The Team

"Our mission is to inspire youth and bring unity to our communities. We aim to build a future where barriers are broken, negative statistics are overcome, inclusiveness is maintained, and life- long learning is achieved."

The Carter Foundation

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