Jonathan McMillan is a native son of Denver with roots that spread all over the metro area.
He is a first and foremost a father, son, husband and brother.
Because of his experiences with gangs and crime other challenges he faced in his youth and as a young adult he is also a passionate mentor, author, journalist, activist and advocate for many causes including the empowerment of young people of color through personal development and mentoring and reforming the criminal justice system, particularly the juvenile justice system.
He is the founder and Director of Be Better Than Average, a company that provides success skills & personal development training through mentoring and life coaching services. He has developed a curriculum designed to help people of all ages and backgrounds to achieve their ideal selves and live the lives they only dreamed about through critical thought, goal setting, empowered mindsets and forming deliberate, intentional relationships and associations.
With over 25 years of community involvement with organizations like Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, Jonathan has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the success of young people.
He has facilitated his “Be Better Than Average Boys” an 8 week after-school mentoring program/ goal setting workshop to several at-risk boys of color in Denver Public Schools, Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek School District, the My Brother's Keeper - Denver Initiative, Sims-Fayola Foundation, Project Proud Fatherhood and many other in-school and after-school and community programs.
He is currently employed by the City and County of Denver’s office of Public Safety as an Outreach Worker for the Gang Reduction of Denver Initiative (GRID) project. In this role he works with current and former gang members who need mentoring and support to successfully live positive, productive lives. He also assists the faith council which oversees the Safe Haven Project which provides immediate community support in the aftermath of gang related violence.
Jonathan is currently very involved with My Brother’s Keeper - Denver (MBK), an initiative launched by President Obama to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. As part of MBK, he co-chairs the Juvenile Justice Reform committee and serves as a direct mentor to several young men participating in the Summer Youth Employment program, a joint effort facilitated by Denver’s Office of Economic Development and the Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs. He is also an active participant and facilitator in ongoing roundtables and forums called Kids & Cops : Bridging the Gap, designed by the City of Denver's Office of Independent Monitor, intent on improving the relationship between young people of color and law enforcement.
In 2017 he was appointed by to the Denver African American Commission (DAAC) where he works to be an authentic advocate for disenfranchised citizens by crafting programs and recommending legislation for the mayor to back. In 2018, he was elected to serve as the Chairman of the DAAC. Additionally, Jonathan also sits on the advisory board of Park Hill Strong (formally the Northeast Park Hill Youth Violence Prevention Project) and the Near Northeast Trauma Informed Practices Committee.
He has been honored as one of Denver Spectrum Magazine’s 2016 African Americans Who Make a Difference ,one of the My Brother's Keeper Initiative - Denver 25 top contributors and was a recipient of the 2017 Wellington and Wilma Webb Legacy & Leadership Award from the Urban Leadership Foundation.
Jonathan McMillan’s mission is spread his motto of “Inspire, Encourage, Advise, Assist, Account - Be Better Than Average” globally until every person of the world is equipped and empowered to build and live better than average lives.