About Charlie Academy

Charlie Life & Leadership Academy recognizes that “what” a student learns is not as important as “who” a person becomes. As such, we strive to provide the essential leadership knowledge and skills needed for success in today’s global economy.

Together with our partners, we aim to build an emerging pipeline of 21st Century leaders who thrive individually, and in relationships, teams, organizations, and communities throughout the U.S. and the world.

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to provide young adults with career-prep and leadership skills to thrive as individuals and in relationships, teams, organizations, and communities.

Our vision is to give all youth the skills to thrive, lead, and serve in a 21st-century global environment.

Our History

Founded in 2017 by Dr. Bruce H. Jackson, Charlie Life & Leadership Academy (Charlie Academy) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality online career-prep and leadership skill content for the next generation.

Born from Dr. Jackson’s desire to make personal and professional leadership skills easily accessible, Charlie Academy began with just a few dedicated individuals and has now become an ever-growing network of dedicated team members and partners.

The Charlie Academy Team includes authors, educators, instructional specialists, psychologists, scientists, and researchers who have worked in the highest levels of government, academia, and industry. Each team member shares a passion for improving society, one young person at a time.

Our Future

Charlie Life & Leadership Academy is a young organization with big goals for its future and the future of the young adults it serves. Charlie Academy is currently funded by the C. Charles Jackson Foundation and is working to expand revenue streams through foundation, institution, corporate, and individual contributions.

To give the next generation the skills they need to thrive in a 21st-century global community and workplace, Charlie Academy is committed to building forward-looking partnerships to support young people.

Our Mission

To provide students with the knowledge and skills to thrive as individual, relational, team, organization, and community leaders—within any life arena.

Our Vision

Developing student leadership potential through:



Dr. Bruce H. Jackson, MBA/MPA, Ph.D.


DR. BRUCE H. JACKSON, MBA/MPA, Ph.D., Executive Director C. Charles Jackson Foundation, CEO Charlie Academy/Institute of Applied Human Excellence: As a competitive athlete, Bruce has dedicated his career to the development of individuals, teams, organizations, and communities that seek to maximize influence, leadership, and change.

Dr. Kerry Joels, Ph.D.


Dr. Joels has a Doctorate in Aerospace and Education. His professional experience includes positions with NASA, the National Air and Space Museum, the White House Young Astronaut Program, Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has also worked extensively with multi-cultural educational programs and programs for disadvantaged youth..

Steven Sherman


Steven serves as Director of Consulting Services at Redpoint Financial Group, a full-service accounting, and finance firm offering assurance, tax, and business consulting services to numerous clients (from small start-ups to large corporations) across various industry sectors in North America.

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