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History of SOAAP

In September 1999, the Society of African American Professionals (SOAAP) was formed by 12 experienced, committed professionals in Saint Louis, MO to create national and regional forums for networking and mentoring while promoting career development and recognition.


Mr. Robert Clay

formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of Missouri

Mr. Gregory Coles

formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland

Mr. James Cox

formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Mr. Lou Dantzler

formerly Challengers Boys & Girls Club

Mr. Lincoln Ellis

fomerly Boys & Girls Clubs of NW Indiana

Mr. Robert Hassin 

Ms. April Janney

formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Mr. Carl Lavender

formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast

Mr. John Miller

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Mrs. Judith J. Pickens

formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Mr. David A. Smith

formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

Mr. Calvester R. Stanley

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland


Ready to Join the SOAAP Network?

African American Professionals have a storied history of contributions to the Boys & Girls Club Movement. Through a national and regional network, SOAAP enables its members to receive informed support from peers and discuss key issues in an open, constructive environment. Recruitment, retention and upward mobility are at the top of SOAAP’s agenda.

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