BOBBY JONES, SR.
Executive Director, African American Family & Cultural Center
Bobby Jones, Sr. was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Bobby is the youngest of eleven children. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when he was a teenager with an older sibling and his family for better opportunities and to finish high school. In high school, he played football for two years and was then recruited to play football for Chico State. While at Chico State, Bobby obtained a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. He has always worked in fields where he has been able to help people, and he states that he really enjoys what he does. He has instilled in his three adult children the importance of helping one another and being the best, most honest person you can be.
As Executive Director, he is committed to working at the African American Family & Cultural Center (AAFCC) because of its mission statement and what the center stands for as a whole; it is something that he very much believes in. He states that “We have to uplift and help our community and restore the values of teaching and how to love yourself first, so you will then be able to love others. The programs that the AAFCC offers can help the community do those things, and that they are all free just shows how much we here at the AAFCC are helping the community. We have seen it happen with the youth, from getting better grades and attitudes changing, to the adults who have come out of jail getting jobs, supporting families, and becoming productive citizens in the community. I believe that giving back not only to your community but also to anyone you come into contact with is something one should do as an individual, but it is also something the AAFCC does on a daily basis.”
Bobby and his wife reside in Oroville, and he gets to see many of the people whose lives he has worked to improve, and it is very rewarding for him to see how far some of them have come. In his spare time, he coaches football and basketball, and he enjoys anything related to music. He enjoys flying his drone and helping children and young adults in any way possible.