Founders Bio


Jaracus Copes, President and CEO of New Destiny, LLC, is a leader in youth development––who is dedicated to teaching professionals, families and youth how to promote positive academic, social and emotional growth in youth of all ages. He founded New Destiny in 2006 with the mission to provide youth with the skills and environment that promotes positive youth development and leadership. He is a world renowned speaker focusing on youth development and parental involvement. He has shared is message to affect change internationally.

Jaracus holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University, and a Master’s of Science in Education with emphasis in out of school time leadership and leadership in school, family, and community collaboration from The Johns Hopkins University.

He has received numerous awards and recognition for his work. Most recently he was awarded the Maryland Education Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Business Monthly, Entrepreneur Quarterly and Star Hotels; and the Harold C. Howard Servant-Leader Award by Eastern University. Jaracus also serves on the steering committees for the Maryland Out of School Time Network and Excel Beyond the Bell.

Presently, Jaracus offers a wide range of services through New Destiny, LLC such as: educational consulting and training, out of school time programs, seminars and keynote speeches.