Judge Greg Mathis is a national figure known for his advocacy campaigns for equal justice. His inspirational life story of a street youth who rose from jail to judge has provided hope to millions who watch him on Judge Mathis, the recipient of a prestigious NAACP Image Award. In addition, his biweekly Black America Web column brings social and political insight to more than 750,000 readers throughout the country.
As a symbol of hope and pride inside the halls of justice and households of millions of Americans, the Judge Mathis courtroom television show has revolutionized how viewers understand the court system. Judge Mathis uses his show as a positive platform to shine a light on injustices and inequalities while leveraging his celebrity status to uplift and motivate hundreds of thousands of individuals to overcome the adversities and hardships that he has also faced.
In his efforts to reach out to youth both in and outside of the courtroom, Judge Mathis has assisted thousands of at-risk youth through his nonprofit agency, Young Adults Asserting Themselves (Y.A.A.T.). This landmark outreach initiative provides youths aged 17-25 with career and job opportunities, as well as job training and college enrollment assistance. Y.A.A.T. has also opened five nonprofit preschools in the inner city of Detroit, while continuing to raise over $5 million for a variety of equal justice political and youth causes.
Mathis has received numerous awards and accolades from city, state, and government officials and has been recognized for his efforts by numerous newspapers, magazines, and television affiliates, including ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, having appeared on such shows as The View, Extra, The Real, Our World With Ed Gordon, TV One Access, The Tonight Show and Ellen.