Remembering Ladine Daniels, Jr.

November 5, 2014

The world lost a powerful young leader on Nov. 2, when Ladine Daniels, Jr.—known to friends as "JR"-- passed away as the result of a medical condition. He was a passionate voice for young people. He dedicated his life to helping others get back on track, as he himself did, and to reforming the criminal and juvenile justice systems. When he died, far too young, he was on the verge of starting his own weatherization business and was planning a life with Nashonda Hunter.

His friends and colleagues pay tribute to him and his dedication to making the world a better place for all young people.


In his own words:



More on JR:


From JR's National Council of Young Leaders bio:

JR danielsLadine Daniels, Jr.
Charleston, SC
Affiliated organization: The Corps Network

Ladine Daniels, Jr., graduated at the top of his class at the Sustainability Institute’s Pathways to a Green Economy.  He is a crew leader and mentor for the Institute’s Energy Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps program.  He is also a 2012 Corps Network Member of the Year. 

Ladine has accomplished much since he was incarcerated for drug trafficking and burglary.  A high school graduate and star quarterback, while in prison he tutored fellow inmates helping them to obtain their GEDs. 

Ladine has turned his life around – and he hasn’t looked back.  In addition to his work with the Sustainability Institute and The Corps Network, Ladine has immersed himself in a number of activities to advance his career and support his community:  he is part owner of IMSEI Weatherization Company; manages the kitchen at the Charleston Riverdogs Baseball Team; operates his own landscaping business; is a church usher – and he volunteers with youth, always “reminding them of the importance of getting an education and staying out of trouble.”


Rest in Peace, JR. We will remember you, and will never stop working to carry forth your voice and message.