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Born and raised in Shelby, Mississippi, Lakeithrick Harris is the co-founder and president of The Harris House. From fulfilling basic needs to supporting educational success, Lakeithrick places an enormous amount of time in his roles of volunteer, mentor, and philanthropist. Part of his heart’s desire is to help to grow youth beyond their current situations, so regardless of his schedule, he makes himself available to do so.
His passion is evident by his involvement in volunteer opportunities with many local and national organizations, that include Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition (PCDC), STEM Girls Day Out, Cyber Patriot, Salvation Army, My Brother's Keeper (MBK), FIRST LEGO League at Mary Ford Elementary and Royal Baptist Church, SPAWAR Career Fair, National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE)-Walk for Education and NSBE Jr. Programs, Toys for Tots Drive at Mary Ford Elementary School, and the Summer Cyber Academy to name a few.
Growing up in a single parent home in rural Mississippi, Lakeithrick’s “village” consisted of his mom, aunts, and grandmother. Throughout his teenage years, he only thought about his family and ways he could help them, and his community. His desire to be successful for them led him to attend college after high school. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Tennessee State University and Master of Business Administration in Information Technology Management from Webster University. Lakeithrick strongly believes that a good education is the core foundation to a successful life. Although he accredits his upbringing to his “village”, he is living proof that a black male, raised without an active father, can still grow up to be successful.
In 2004, he relocated to Charleston, South Carolina to begin his career as a computer scientist at SPAWAR. Since moving, his passion for helping his communities evolved into making an even greater impact. After mentoring for several years, he realized that so many communities need more help than they were currently getting. He also understands that it takes a supporting “village” to ensure a child’s success, so, Lakeithrick, along with his wife, Marjorie founded The Harris House. He often says that his ultimate goal for The Harris House is to use his blessings as blessings to others.
His wife, family, and the Holy Spirit give him the motivation and encouragement needed to accomplish his huge goals. He also uses Think-Work-Serve strategy, to balance the utilization of his skills which allows him the opportunities to better serve his communities.
Even when life gets tough, he reminds himself of Theodore Roosevelt’s quote, “Nothing worth having comes easy.” When he is not sharing himself with his communities, he enjoys hanging out with his wife, family and friends. Lakeithrick is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha,Fraternity Incorporated and is currently a Life Member of Tennessee State University Alumni Association, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and SPAWAR Atlantic Outreach program.