This is my first photo of recent high school graduate Chaz A. Amos, but I doubt that it will be my last. This young man is someone who is making good things happen in Dayton.
As a student, Chaz founded “The Youth of Our Future” mentoring initiative for Dayton Public schools, and he organized a city-wide youth town hall which gave students an opportunity to voice their concerns to the Mayor and to school board members.
Now he’s started I Love West Dayton, a 14 week initiative to clean and beautify West Dayton. “The whole goal of the project is to promote community pride. Once you see your community look better you want to contribute to that effort. Then once you start contributing to that effort it comes together as a whole, better community,” Amos recently told a reporter.
Lots of groups have joined with Amos, including Dayton Young Black Professionals, Dayton Urban Young Life, The Living City project, the city of Dayton and lots of volunteers.
On his Instagram page Chaz describes himself as a future Mayor of Dayton and as the future first Black Governor of Ohio. He laughed when I told him I’d seen that statement, and said first he needed to get through college. But as I talked to him I got the idea that someday he might well hold those two offices.