About Us

 
Metamorphoses, Inc. serves to help juvenile offenders and troubled youth in and around Memphis and Shelby County to turn their lives around. We do this by using evidence-based programming to help youth focus on positive thinking, by empowering good decision-making and by building healthy self-esteem.

 Over the last five years, Metamorphoses, Inc. has identified a great

need for offering a variety of programs that serve other members of the community. Expansion of our existing programs include new classes in Educational Planning, Literacy, Job Readiness, Job Skill Development, Life Skills, Financial Planning, Economic Self- Sufficiency, and Safety. Participants will learn skills that help them take control of their futures and make realistic goals for success in reasonable time-frames. Our ongoing support groups and resource directories will help reduce the stress that can come from unreliable information, missed opportunities and poor time / stress management.

Team Members

James D. Robinson

Founder / President and Principal Facilitator​

  Certified by the Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court, Mr. James Robinson is a professionally trained counselor with the skills to facilitate and develop programs for troubled youth. A key component of his unique system is the Metamorphoses program, which utilizes a specialized curriculum created by The Change Companies of Carson, Nevada. Robinson, who has also served as a life skills facilitator and counselor with the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, began developing the Metamorphoses concept in 2004.

Having earned his degree from Columbia School of Broadcasting, Robinson has gained over fifteen years of counseling, training, sales, and business experience.  He has obtained Residential Drug and Alcohol Program (RDAP) Certification and has completed course studies at Rust College and Fisk University.  In addition, James underwent specialized training in research-based counseling with The Change Companies. Robinson is a respected account executive and business owner whose dedication, commitment and compassion for today’s at-risk youth have made him a true leader in the community.

Eric D. Whittington

Workshop Facilitator and Mentor

James D. Robinson

  Mr. Whittington’s career background includes experience in teaching, individual and group counseling, case management and planning.   He has worked as a substance abuse counselor in Detroit, Michigan, Washington, D.C. and Memphis, and currently serves as a case manager and counselor with Frazier Family Counseling.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Lincoln University (Missouri), and has done graduate studies in business management at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.  Mr. Whittington has also been certified as a substance abuse counselor by the Detroit Health Department.

Jaunita White

Consultant and Fund Raising

  Ms. White has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of child welfare, educational services, healthcare advocacy and juvenile justice.  She is a former Regional Administrator with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, and also served as a regional coordinator for the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.  Ms. White has also served as the Extended Learning Program Coordinator for Memphis City Schools and Senior Staff Field Consultant for the Tennessee Minority Health Coalition in Memphis.

Since 2008, Ms. White has worked as a Community Building Manager with the Binghampton Development Corporation in Memphis.  She is also the owner and director of Collier Graham Public Relations in Memphis.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from Yale University, and has done additional course work at the University of Memphis.