Justin Hampton

Justin Hampton

Justin Hampton

Operation Calculus Program Coordinator at Eisenhower High School

Who was your first mentor in life?

Honestly, I never had a mentor in my life. I never really actively sought one out, mainly because both of my parents have been, and continue to be very active in my life. Even at 36, I am constantly learning from them; I continue to seek out their counsel and use what I’ve learned from them to impact those I come in contact with on a daily basis.

What was your most memorable lesson?

The lesson that has stuck with me which has impacted me the most can be posed in the form of a question: “What happens when preparation meets opportunity?” Unfortunately, I learned this lesson the hard way by not being prepared to seize an opportunity presented before me. That was a tough conversation to have with myself. Failure is a part of life and can be one of life’s harshest teachers, but to fail while being knowingly unprepared is a tough pill to swallow. We never know when “THE” opportunity will present itself, however, we can always make sure we are doing everything possible to be prepared once it arrives.

What does community mean to you?

The word community resonates a sense of belonging. Once you feel like you belong, you will begin to look after the interest of others and not just your own.

Why are you involved in the community?

I choose to be involved because due to the nature of my current career as an educator, I feel like I can reach more people than others. I see young men and women every day living life without a certain catalog of knowledge. And I’m not speaking in an academic sense. Some may be missing more than others, but I observe our youth far too often in situations where their deficiencies are accentuated. My goal has always been to provide information, not answers, so students can make better informed decisions. If our community is to improve, it has to begin with our young men and women.

What advice would you give to people who want to do more?

For individuals who want to do more in the community, my advice is, sometimes a small effort can reach many people. No matter how big the stone, once thrown in the pond, it still creates ripples. We always feel like one person can’t create change or impact enough people. Change will never occur over night, but if we are patient and consistent, the effort will manifest into something much larger that will ultimately reach those in need. Pay It Forward!