It Matters
Jul 18, 2019
John Gaines
It Matters

John Gaines aka “John PUSH Gaines” is a former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate.

John has spoken at universities, nonprofit organizations, youth conferences, NBA skill camps, churches, and schools. He has worked with groups of parents, civic groups, educators, coaches & mental health professionals.

His ultimate goal is to inspire young people with his life and to help them realize regardless of the adversity or obstacles they may face; they can still PUSH to be the great human being that they were created to be.

He attended Bellarmine and then moved on to East Central University where he graduated Outstanding Student in Business and won a football championship as captain of the football team! He graduated from Liberty University with a Master degree in Business Leadership, and in 2019 he graduated with his Doctorate in Business Administration.  John currently is working at his dream job as the Community Relations Manager for Tacoma Public Utilities.  In his free time, he spends time mentoring and inspiring youth through the PUSH for Dreams Leadership Academy, a small nonprofit he founded. He lives in Tacoma with his wife Emily, newborn baby Anorah and dog Lola.