Don McNeill (MA. Secondary Education, U. of A.) draws upon a deep understanding of youth issues acquired in the course of more than thirty years of continuous contact with young people and their families. His experience and training include being a parent, teacher, counselor, youth pastor, administrator (in both public, charter, and private schools) and coach. Born in Yuma, Arizona and raised in Southern California, Don has combined education, youth work, and athletics in a career that began with a BA in Education from Northern Arizona University, where he lettered in Track and Field and was in the U.S. top ten in the Triple Jump.
In 1976, Don served for seven years as the assistant principal, athletic director, teacher, and coach at the now defunct Grace Christian School here in Tucson. He has taught in special and adaptive education programs in the Amphitheater, Flowing Wells, and TUSD School Districts. Don has been on the coaching staff of Santa Rita, Sahuaro, and Amphitheater high schools as the head track and field coach. He also served at La Paloma Academy as the Title One- “No Child Left Behind” Director.
In 1995, Mr. McNeill became the Executive Director of One-On-One Partners, a national mentoring program for at-risk youth, and developed a county-wide program working closely with the Pima County Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Court, and the Tucson Police Department. Since then, this outreach has become locally focused and has renamed as One-on-One Mentoring.
In 2006, Don also became the Executive Director of Mentoring Tucson’s Kids (formerly MentorKids USA), a faith-based mentoring outreach to children of incarcerated parents, those in group or foster homes, and youth from single parent homes. He now oversees both youth mentoring programs.