Who we are

About Our Teens

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Brandon Sampson

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(Level Up Mom)



Testimonials - Community Leaders

Meet The Leadership Team

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Pastor Aaron Campbell

Executive Director

Aaron Campbell, founder and executive director of Urban Dream Chasers (Level Up) and lead pastor of Antioch Christian Fellowship, has devoted over two decades to mentoring Philadelphia's at-risk youth. This University of Pennsylvania alumnus bridges gaps between cultures as a proud African-American and Native-American, making significant contributions to native reservations nationwide. Recognized for his efforts, he's presented at the United Nations, amplifying Indigenous issues on a global stage.

As a Philadelphia Police Department chaplain, Campbell fosters critical dialogues between officers and the youth of high-risk neighborhoods, facilitating understanding and healing. He's comforted victims at the epicenters of national tragedies, his work drawing attention on both national television and radio.

His powerful memoir, 'Eyes That Seen Plenty: A Memoir on Race, Class, Culture, and Redemption,' endorsed by Dr. Cornel West, has enlightened many readers and features in university curriculums, including his alma mater's. You can support his efforts by purchasing his memoir, available in hardcover, paperback, Kindle, and audiobook here.


Pastor Sherman Adams

Program Coordinator

Sherman Adams, a dedicated assistant pastor at Antioch and systems coordinator for Level Up, ensures seamless operation of our Safe Haven. With a 30-year career in the retail and fashion industry, including managerial roles at Macy’s and Lord & Taylor, his expertise allows him to effectively manage resources, food, and transportation needs for Level Up.


Andrew Blassingame

Safe Haven Co-Lead

Andrew Blassingame, co-lead of our Safe Haven space, has devoted his career to mentoring and empowering Philadelphia’s youth. His experience spans mental health support within the school district, college and career counseling, and youth development. Currently the Executive Director for Rebel Ventures, he furthers career development among young people in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania. Andrew holds an MS in Organizational Development and Leadership from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a BS in Philosophy from West Chester University.


Nohémie Sanon Roland

Safe Haven Co-Lead

Nohémie Sanon Roland, our Safe Haven co-lead, brings her strategic acumen from her corporate career to manage all aspects of the Safe Haven space. Responsible for budget planning, food preparation, and program metric tracking, she leverages her experience as a Corporate Strategy Manager and her insights from her role in the Strategic Business Development division of Aramark. Nohémie is a proud alumna of Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with an MBA, and Syracuse University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.


Jenay M. Smith

Tutoring & Enrichment Co-Lead

Jenay M. Smith, co-lead of Level Up's Tutoring & Enrichment program, infuses her expertise as a Life Skills Development Trainer into our program. In charge of volunteer and participant coordination, curriculum development, and assessment, her contribution ensures our participants' academic and personal growth. She holds a Masters in Social Services from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.


Dr. Joshua Williams

Tutoring & Enrichment Co-Lead

Dr. Joshua Williams, co-lead of Level Up’s Academic and Enrichment program, leverages his rich academic background to design a personalized curriculum for each participant and manage our team of volunteer instructors. His role is pivotal in accomplishing Level Up's academic goals for our young adults. Currently an Instrumentation Specialist at Drexel University, he previously served as an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.


Yes, Level Up is a program of the fully qualified 501(c)3 organization Urban Dream Chasers, Inc. Donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed under US law.

Antioch Christian Fellowship

The Church Building Where Level Up Takes Place

Antioch Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational church in West Philadelphia that has been addressing the violence in the city for nearly two decades. What began twenty-one years ago as a gathering of three people in Pastor Campbell’s West Philadelphia living room, has blossomed into a strong, multicultural, vibrant congregation. Today, Antioch serves as a community pillar, and hosts Level Up, a safe haven for marginalized youth from the most high-risk sections of the city. Level Up serves youth across our city -- from Kensington and Allegheny (“K&A”) to North Philadelphia, to West Philadelphia. We are wholly committed to bringing transformation to our city: one heart at a time; one need at a time; big picture all the time.

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