Our Story

At Heroes and Hearts, we are committed to a vision where empowerment through education and community support is accessible to every child, regardless of their background. Founded on the remarkable vision of young Justyn Boumah, our nonprofit organization has become a beacon of hope and positive change, particularly in underserved communities. We dedicate ourselves to nurturing the seeds of literacy, leadership, and legacy, believing firmly in the transformative power of knowledge and the strength of community bonds. Our diverse range of initiatives, from building libraries in remote corners of the world to organizing engaging STEM events, is designed to ignite a lifelong passion for learning and giving in children and their families. As we continue to grow and reach out to more communities, our mission remains steadfast: to educate, encourage, and empower, fostering a world where every young mind has the opportunity to flourish and contribute meaningfully to society.

About Justyn

Justyn Boumah is a true embodiment of the phrase “age is just a number.” At only 7 years old, he has achieved remarkable feats as a TEDx speaker, young philanthropist, social entrepreneur, and a recognized youth influencer. His journey is not just impressive for his age; it’s an inspiration across generations. As the youngest International Award-Winning African American Author, Justyn has used his voice and talents to promote literacy and learning, showcasing a maturity and dedication well beyond his years.

The pinnacle of Justyn’s early achievements is his role as the youngest founder of a 501c3 charitable organization in Nevada, Heroes & Heart. This organization reflects his deep-seated passion for empowering and educating underprivileged communities. With initiatives from building libraries to organizing STEM events, Justyn is not only reshaping how we view youth potential but is also actively crafting a legacy of positive change. His work demonstrates an extraordinary blend of youthful imagination and a profound commitment to making the world a better place for all.

Our Goals

Empower Marginalized Communities

The foremost goal is to uplift and empower marginalized communities globally, particularly focusing on children and youth. This is achieved through providing access to educational resources, fostering environments that encourage learning, and creating opportunities for personal and community growth.

Promote Literacy and Education

Heroes and Hearts is dedicated to spreading literacy and the joy of learning. This includes building libraries, organizing reading and educational events, and providing books and other learning materials to communities where these resources are scarce or unavailable.

Cultivate Leadership and Legacy

Our organization aims to inspire and nurture future leaders by instilling values of social responsibility, community service, and empathetic leadership. Through our many projects, we endeavor to leave a lasting legacy that motivates young people to contribute positively to their communities and the world at large.

Board of Directors

Racquel Watson

Executive Director

Racquel (Boumah) Watson- Mrs. Boumah is Justyn’s mom. She is President of Heroes & Hearts and momanger of Justyn Boumah. Through her family support and kindness, she is able to stay home with Justyn and manage his organizations. Before becoming a momanger, Mrs. Boumah was a business owner in both Las Vegas and Libreville, Gabon. She has two degrees, one in Graphic Design and the other in Moving Graphics. Mrs. Boumah works every day to ensure Heroes & Hearts is everything Justyn wishes.

Justyn Boumah

CEO

Justyn Boumah-Young Boumah is the 7-year-old founder/CEO of the 501c3 organization, Heroes & Hearts. He is a TEDx Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, and Award-Winning Author. Young Boumah is the youngest founder of a nonprofit in the State of Nevada. He has been recognized internationally for his young ingenuity and purity of heart displayed through his four annual giveback events called ~ The Blessing Project, Around the World Read-A-Thon, Learning is Fun Libraries, and Super Justyn’s Giveaway. Highly acclaimed for his purity of heart and international impact, Justyn has been recognized by public figures such as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and has been featured on the TODAY Show, ABC World News and more. Justyn has been awarded over 20 recognitions, contests and grants for his creative annual service projects The Blessing Project and Around the World Read-A-Thon.

Joseph Boumah

President

Joseph M. Boumah-Mr. Boumah is Justyn’s father and the Vice-President of Heroes & Hearts. Mr. Boumah is one of our essential culinary workers helping to keep our Las Vegas Strip running stronger. He is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama, where he graduated with a degree in International Relations. Mr. Boumah was born and raised in Central West Africa in Gabon. With his family, he moved to Las Vegas 6 years ago. He is a loving father and a dedicated member of the culinary community.

Rhea Watson

CFO/Treasurer​

Rhea M. Watson-Ms. Watson is a native of Las Vegas, NV, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Morris Brown College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ms. Watson, President and Founder of Scholarship Solutions, is an international speaker who has inspired audiences in countries from Egypt to South Africa to North America and across the globe by teaching students of all ages and educational levels that they can have a debt-free college experience. She has earned over $300,000 in scholarships and, through her 1-2-3 of Going to College Debt Free, has provided 1000s of students with the prescription to help them attend the colleges of their dreams and win more than 200 Million Dollars in scholarships. Ms. Watson has many accolades, including the United States Marines Corp, Mentor of the Year, and the US-Africa International Women’s Day Award Winner. Her most tremendous acclaim is connected to her family, as she is a beloved Daughter, Sister, and Aunty.

Cynthia Watson

Secretary

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Cavanaugh Bell

Junior Board Member

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Truvella Reese

Board Member

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Emilie Enombo

Board Member

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Annette Russell

Green-Board Member

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