Jamole Callahan spent six years in foster care living in nine different homes until he was emancipated at age 18. Although he had doting and attentive grandparents, the state of Ohio still put Jamole in foster care, while his sister went to live with her father and his brother ran away and eventually entered the prison system. He moved from home to home for six years but finally reached a home that changed his life and attitude, propelling him into building success. The influence of his foster father planted the seed of of his title “Mr. Motivator” with the mantra “Recognize no such word as impossible” (Napoleon Hill). He completed his college education, started a family, and saw the opportunity to bring foster youth and others to a mindset of possibility.
When he was 15 he saw a major flaw in the system — a lack of self-advocacy. When people were making decisions about a foster youth’s life, the youth was not a part of the meeting. Jamole knew that he had to use his most powerful tools to build up those who were affected the most to make changes: his experience and his voice.
After creating his own stability, in 2009 a vision for success and change was birthed for empowering foster parents, caseworkers, and foster care youth and alumni.
He began by speaking to small groups in his home state of Ohio, which transformed into training sessions through the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program, and then motivational speaking by 2012. From there he influenced policymakers in Ohio, New Jersey, and the federal government legislators to shape policy to better serve alumni and youth who are currently in care.
He has contributed to the following bills and organizations: Foster Youth to Independence Initiative, the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act of 2019, The Ohio Fostering Connections Act, and ACTION Ohio.
Jamole has reinvested in Ohio to educate child welfare professionals on critical issues that affect foster youth’s health, education, permanency, and housing. Audiences across the US and in the UK have heard Jamole’s voice through training sessions, conferences, and motivational speeches. He has branched into broadcasting through his podcast, Mornings with Mr. Motivator.