Jairus Cater

  • SAILS Field Coordinator, Tennessee Board of Regents

As a field coordinator for SAILS Math TN, Jairus monitors a college online learning support math course for high school seniors, eliminating the need for remediation in college. He also provides support to the classroom teacher and serves as a communication liaison between the high schools and community colleges. Cater found his calling serving those he saw experiencing unemployment, gangs, drug abuse and incarceration in his community. Motivated by attending youth summer programs and community organizing events, his aim is to mobilize youth and help make life better for the disconnected and underprivileged.

To work toward his goal, Cater served as Co-Chair of the Nashville Mayor’s Child and Youth Master Plan Taskforce, developing a living document that offers strategies to make Nashville the best city for young people. He also co-organized Nashville’s Keeping Our Youth March to fight youth violence in the city.  As a National Youth Ambassador for the White House Council for Community Solutions, Cater helped incorporate youth voice into national collective impact efforts. Jairus earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.