FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - This month TAPinto Franklin Township will be running a series called "Meet The Leaders.” The objective is to provide our readers an opportunity to hear from Franklin Township’s leaders in government, public safety, education, houses of worship and other areas, regarding Franklin Township’s present and future outlook.  

Each participant was asked to share a little information about their background and personal life. Each “leader” was presented the same core questions that will be published unedited. 

TAPinto Franklin Township’s fifth leader interviewed was owner and founder of Grades4Life (G4L) Chris Johnson, MBA. Johnson received his undergraduate degree in business marketing from Kean University and went on to complete his masters in business administration from Centenary College. Johnson grew up in Piscataway and moved to Franklin Township three years ago. He worked for various fortune 500 companies in management roles and has been an active member of his community. Last year Johnson decided to marry both of his experiences together to create G4L. 

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According to their website "Grades4Life (G4L) is a non-profit organization (501c) that provides collaborative programs designed to inspire greatness within our youth. We partner with schools and local organizations with our featured social rewards program that connects communities through education."

"I have a lot of friends who work in education and through conversations with them noticed a common thread in our discussions," Johnson said. "They all said it was becoming harder to motivate the kids to be the best that they can be. So I developed the concept of Grades4life with a mission of creating an ecosystem of support that motivates and rewards students throughout their communities."

Question: What initiative did you start in 2016, that you are most proud of?

Answer: I was very proud to start our partnership with Franklin Township public schools and to begin introducing our program with businesses in and around the community of Franklin. I especially would like to thank all of the teachers and administrators from Sampson G. Smith Middle School for participating in our program.

Question: What will be your main objective for 2017?

Answer: Our main objective is to help students find ways to exhibit positive behavior throughout Franklin Township and surrounding communities and to establish more support from local businesses. Our rewards program is open to all Franklin businesses and the more community support we gain the stronger the impact.

Question: What do you feel will be Franklin Township’s biggest challenge in 2017?

Answer: Some of the biggest issues we see Franklin facing are the same in many other communities. Finding programs that engage youth and gear them toward success are some of the biggest needs for our future. We hope to have the support of the town to bring our program here to help provide more options for the youth. 

Question: What do you do in your spare time?

Answer: I am active in sports and enjoy family time.

Question: Five words that describe Franklin Township are?

Answer: Diverse, forward-thinking, community oriented, opportunity, home

Current Grades4Life Business Partners 

Mooyah Burger

Rebounderz Of Edison

Papa Johns

Sports Clips

Do Something.org

Innovative Supplies

Think Big Custom Tees

NJ Hair Studio and Spa

Panda Sunglasses

Royal Blue Apparel

Beauty of Dajah’vu

Sneaker Nation

Skill Share

TYL EnterPrize

Sydney Paige

The Grades4life team consists of:

Chris Johnson President 
Roesohn Little Vice president

Dana Spencer   

 Director of Business relations

Jolanda McLaughlin

Director of school partnerships

Rahiem Allen 

Director of Marketing

Jovania  Pierre

Media Content Manager 

Vanessa Garcia 

Program Coordinato

Be sure to come back to TAPinto Franklin Township for updates on Chris Johnson and other news on Not-for-profit agencies in the community!  

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