Justin Wilson, Council Member
My name is Justin Wilson, I was born on the 5th day of November 1973 in Worcester Massachusetts. In 1982 my mother, younger sister and I moved to Southern California where I remain a resident of Los Angeles county in the city of Long Beach. I maintain the head of household as a single parent to my youngest son, however I am a supportive father of five.
My childhood was full of love with many lessons extended from my mother, and inherited traits from my father who was on paper George M. Wilson III however in reality was George M. the 4th one of the Grandsons of Chief Thunderbird of the Wilson/Pegan Family. Suffering from a culture shock from leaving Worcester to growing up in South Lod Angeles, I had to adapt to my new environment, which caused me to execute my determination and motivation to survive. The misunderstanding of my feelings and emotions led to bad decision making and practices that resulted in loyalty that confined me to the streets for many years.
In 1992 at the age of 18, I graduated from Westchester High School in Los Angeles, which was preceded by the birth of my oldest daughter and the admission into a Community College to master the trade of carpentry like my father. My ambition and dedication to a lifestyle that I once embraced definitely contributed to the spiritual, physical, and mental consequences that I endured.
Moving forward, carpentry for me became a thing of the past as I was then transitioning into a grateful, appreciative, obedient, and humble soul. I have taken so much away, my solution was to give back, so I wrote a book that was self-published in 2017 titled “The Art of Bangin’” with the intent to encourage strength and hope to our struggling youth. Due to my compassion and wanting the best for others, also in 2017 I began my career as a Drug & Alcohol counselor. In 2020, I graduated from Long Beach City College with an Associate in Arts degree in Human Services Addiction Studies.
My goal is to attend Cal State University Dominguez Hills to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then obtain a Masters degree in Social Work. I have a passion for helping others in any kind of way that I can, which also helps me to stay honest with myself about who Justin is and provides me with the qualities I need to continue to extend the care and support that our people need.