Project Highlights
THREADS began in 2002 at the University of Michigan as a result of the creative inspiration of Drs. Lumas Helaire and Brian Carey Sims, who were both Ph.D. students at the university. With a deep desire to use their training in psychological and motivation science to serve and support the lives of historically underserved youth, they began THREADS at West Middle School in Ypsilanti, Michigan. A few years later, Dr. Jamaal Sharif Matthews came to the university, also as a Ph.D. student, and soon became the successor and director of the program, invited by Helaire and Sims. Since then, Matthews has expanded and developed the program first at the University of Michigan, and then at Montclair State University and various middle schools in the city of Newark, New Jersey.

Meet The Team 

Leadership

Jamaal Sharif Matthews, PhD

Jamaal Sharif Matthews, PhD

Program Director & Co-Creator

Associate Professor, Education & Psychology
College of Education and Human Services
Montclair State University

Lumas Helaire PhD

Lumas Helaire PhD

Founder & Co-Creator

Associate Director, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
University of Michigan

Brian Carey Sims, PhD

Brian Carey Sims, PhD

Founder & Co-Creator

Executive Director, Jomoworks LLC
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)

Advisors

Kyle Boomhower

Instructor for THREADS, School Liaison, Former THREADS mentor ‘16

Mentors

Mentors of the Year

2019

Mariah Rohan & Eric Okai

2018

Jherel Saunders-Dittimus & Jessica Smith

Past Mentor Cohorts

ON TWITTER

Finding your purpose doesn’t always happen by yourself. Having a guide or some support can always work too. #THREADSmsu @threadsMSU

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