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The J. C. COOLEY FOUNDATION

OPTIONS & OPPORTUNTIES: THE CHOICE PROGRAM

Equipping the Youth of Today for the Challenges of Tomorrow

"Life is a series of circles and cycles, phases and stages. These are your experiences that teach you the lessons of life. EMBRACE them, even if it is hard to do so." - J.C. Cooley (Founder)

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The J.C. Cooley Foundation
Options & Opportunities: The Choice Program (OOCP)
P O Box 891989
Temecula, CA 92589-1989

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Introducing James Cooley

President and founder of The J.C. Cooley Foundation-Options & Opportunities: The Choice Program (OOCP) (501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization)

Married to Michelle D. Freeman, A Father of 4 (James III, Deangelo, Brittany, and Joshua) 

A Devoted Christian whose mission is to MAKE SURE WE Equip Our Today’s Youth to be our Leaders of Tomorrow.

An Extremely Requested Motivational Speaker whose speak at Over 100 engagements annually?

President/CEO JC Cooley Innovation Solutions, LLC.
 
CEO/Founder JC Cooley Options & Opportunities / the Choice Program, (JC COOLEY FOUNDATION)

Naval JROTC Senior Military Science Instructor Certified at the Collegiate and High School Levels

Doctoral Student at Concordia University (E.D.D. Transformational Leadership)

Graduated From Central Michigan University, Masters Public Administration (MPA).

Graduated From University of Notre Dame, Masters Certificate Executive Leadership, and Management.

Graduated From Villanova University with several Masters Certificates in Six Sigma (Black Belt Certified), Lean Enterprise Solutions, Applied Project Management, Masters in IS/IT Project Management, Masters in Information Security Management – GOVERNMENT, Masters in Information Systems Security, and Masters in Organizational Leadership.

Active Member of Temecula Rotary Club since 2016.

Retired Navy Officer, Community Activist, Dedicated Speaker, Husband, and Father.

Author of: My Path 2014 and The Book of Knowledge: “Your Pathway to Enlightenment 2015.

AWARDED and Recipient of the ABC Channel 10 Salute to America Military Hero Award For April 2015 special airing on ABC 10 and ABC.com (worldwide) on 18th May 2015.

Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.

James CooleyAn educational background which includes a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Central Michigan University, Executive MBA Masters Certificate from the University Of Notre Dame, and several Masters Certificates Programs from Villanova University (which includes Masters in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Organizational Leadership, and Project Management Professional).

Currently, a dedicated business owner, motivational speaker, author and community activist whose primary focus is on our Youth development. He has been the featured guest speaker for several major companies, the U.S. military, various Rotary Clubs, churches, Boys and Girls Clubs, several high schools as well as middle schools and local community events. He is also very proactive in his community. He has served on several boards including City Community Steering Committee, Temecula Chamber of Commerce, Temecula Assistant Youth Counselor, Valley-Wide Recreation Center, and YMCA. In addition, he has formed a Non Profit organization called the Options & Opportunities / The Choice Program (JC Cooley Foundation). The goal of this organization is establishing partnerships with schools, churches, clubs, business communities, and other community outreach centers to teach our Youth his philosophy of the 4 Cs. (CREATE, COLLABORATE, COMMIT, and most importantly CONFIDENCE). This principle leads to CHARACTER BUILDING.

James also created and currently host a Youth Inspirational Leadership Breakfast program on Sunday for students (5-19 Years of age), however, this program primary focus group are our youth 12-19 years of age. This event is held at several different locations in Temecula and Murrieta, California.

James was born in and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he grew up in one of the dangerous projects in Chattanooga. James Cooley had a rough start to life. At a young age, he was removed from his mother's care and placed in a home with distant relatives, where he lived without the modern conveniences of electricity, indoor bathroom or in some cases hot water.

At the age of 11 years old he returned to rejoin his Mother and sibling back in Chattanooga, TN. Through the constant encouragement from his teachers, and his pursuit of a better understanding, dedication, and extreme work ethic Cooley excelled in school and later joined the Navy to further his opportunities.

Cooley began his Navy career as an enlisted sailor. Through hard work and extreme dedication to excellence, James worked his way up through the enlisted ranks to reach the rank of E-9, Master Chief Petty Officer, prior to closing out his enlisted record after 15 years. James Cooley was then selected and served as a US Navy commissioned officer of r 8 years an obtained the rank of Lieutenant (LT/03E). After 23 years of military service, Cooley retired and worked for the U.S. Government and DOD aerospace industry, and started his own company as a U.S. government contractor.

Currently, he is a dedicated business owner, motivational speaker, author and community activist whose primary focus is on our Youth development. He has been the featured guest speaker for several major companies, the U.S. military, various Rotary Clubs, churches, Boys and Girls Clubs, several high schools as well as middle schools and local community events. Cooley is also very proactive in his community. He has served on several boards including Temecula Chamber of Commerce Member and Ambassador.

Temecula Assistant Youth Counselor, Valley-Wide Recreation Center Coach and Mentor, and YMCA. In addition, James has formed a Non Profit organization called the Options & Opportunities / the Choice Program (JC Cooley Foundation). The goal of this organization is established to helping by partnerships with schools, churches, clubs, business communities, and other communities outreach centers to teach youth.

James also created and currently hosts a Youth Inspirational Leadership Breakfast program on Sunday for students ages 12-19. He has been invited by numerous schools to speak about his life experiences, sharing with students his story of triumph over life's obstacles, in hopes to empower others to strive for success. Though out of the Navy officially, Cooley spends every day serving his country, his family, and the community.

He has supported youth development through involvement in the Adopt-A-School programs, various community mentoring programs, and as coach of youth sports teams. In addition, James’ illustrious career spans over 35 years in the information security industry. As a retired U.S. Navy officer, he has served as Information Technology and Telecommunications Network Operation Officer, a U.S. Navy Recruiter, a Navy Drill Instructor (Company Commander), Information Assurance Officer, Communications Officer, Security Officer, and Director of Telecommunications Training and Development of Navy personnel at various locations overseas and throughout the United States.

From 1989 to 1992, Cooley hosted and produced 47 television shows titled “Cooley Fitness Tips”, and was awarded the U.S. Navy Admirals Gallery and Rankin’s Award for outstanding community service in the greater Mid-Eastern Area.

James realized the demand within our national youth community to help the youth at risk. Coming from a hard childhood himself, Cooley identifies with the situation and has made it his life's goal to dedicate himself to helping the youth of today. He has created the JC Cooley Foundation, an organization established to helping youth in need through partnerships with local schools, churches, clubs, and other community outreach centers. Cooley created a 6 month Sunday breakfast program for students ages 12-19, which began January 2015. He has been invited by numerous schools to speak about his life experiences, sharing with students his story of triumph over life's obstacles, in hopes to empower others to strive for success. Though out of the Navy officially, Cooley spends every day serving his country, his family, and the community.

James Cooley also served our country as a Military Career Naval Officer retiring from the US Navy with twenty-three years of service during which time he was the Writer, Director and Producer of “Cooley Fitness Tips” show broadcast to over one-million viewers presented with the Admirals Gallery and Rankin Award for the Cooley Fitness show breakfast tutoring program for underprivileged, the first of its kind in the USA.As a result of his many accomplishments, accolades, as well as the inspiration and innovation of the USA’s first breakfast tutoring program for underprivileged children, James Cooley was selected as one of George H Bush’s One-Thousand Points of Light.James Cooley, excels like few other people do in life. From growing up in Chattanooga Tennessee’s toughest neighborhoods to living on a farm in Alabama as a young man, to a man whose accomplishments in community service, television, business, education, and the military are alone extreme accomplishments. Combined, these accomplishments are virtually unparalleled.

 

I want to extend a thank you to you, and your entire foundation, for partnering with our school!  We have been honored by your presence and support during our assembly as well as our 6th Annual Awards Banquet.  Our twelfth grade students benefited from writing the essay prompt, as it made them think about their past leadership qualities and where they are headed.  Your presentation at the awards ceremony was wonderful and I know our students, parents and staff appreciated your words and encouragement.  The winner of the Cooley Foundation Scholarship was very surprised and your support has confirmed that there are people to support him in his future endeavors.  He is excited for his future at Cal State San Marcos and your financial support is greatly appreciated. -- Debbie Thurston, River Springs High School

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The J.C. Cooley Foundation
Options & Opportunities: The Choice Program (OOCP)
P O Box 891989
Temecula, CA 92589-1989

(915) 760-0414

info@cooleyfoundation.org

 

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