Omega Boys Club / Street Soldiers | Leader of the Alive & Free Movement, Executive Director & Co | San Francisco CA United States
Dr. Joe Marshall is an elected Fellow of Ashoka, recognized for identifying youth violence as a disease and development the Alive & Free Prescription, a public health method for reducing and preventing violence.
For violence to be eliminated.
Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr. is an author, lecturer, radio talk show host, and community activist. He is the founder of the Alive & Free Movement and the founder and president of the Street Soldiers National Consortium, an organization dedicated to fighting violence nationwide.
He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers, a youth development and violence prevention organization headquartered in San Francisco, CA that emphasizes academic achievement and non-involvement with drugs. This organization, founded in February of 1987, has produced 150 college graduates, all supported by the Omega Boys Club Scholarship Fund. Another 50 Omegas are currently enrolled in college. He earned a doctorate in psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley and has received Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from Morehouse College and the University of San Francisco.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the McArthur Foundation Genius Award, the Leadership Award from the Children’s Defense Fund, the Essence Award honoring outstanding contributions by African American men, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award from the National Educational Association, and the “Use Your Life Award” from Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network. He is the author of the 1996 best-selling book, Street Soldier: One Man’s Struggle to Save a Generation, One Life at a Time.
Dr. Marshall is a trustee emeritus of his alma mater, the University of San Francisco, and the current Vice President of the San Francisco Police Commission.