We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamal Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jamal, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I used a tried and true model called the “Eulerian Destiny”. It’s a way to determine what you should be doing with your life using information you already have, or have experienced. I learned that if you can align your experience, strengths and skills, you will have the shortest, easiest, most productive rise to the top of your chosen field.

It’s a visual exercise… draw four overlapping circles. We will fill in each of the four primary circles and lastly look at where they all meet, and that’s where your treasure lies.

Label each circle as follows and respond to the label within that circle:

1. What have you done for the past 5-10 years
2. What did you grow up around?
3. What do strangers say about you?
4. What can you talk about endlessly for hours?

What I truly love about Eulerian Destiny, whether you ultimately discover your destiny or not, is the amount of self-reflection and critical thinking it involves. If all else fails you will still walk away with a few pieces of new found insight and inspiration. Even if doesn’t mark the map with your treasure it gives you a confident compass direction to embark upon.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Swim Up Hill Foundationteaches one million people annually how to swim through the Swim Up Hill Method curriculum, an innovative, accessible, and rapid swim-education program that empowers individuals…prevents drownings… and promotes equity in marginalized communities. We provide specialized swim education tailored to low-income communities affected by disproportionately high drowning rates.

Our target demographic are families with children aged between six and eighteen years old located in dense urban areas throughout Los Angeles county. The youth of these families attend public and charter schools in predominantly Black, Hispanic, and Asian communities; their parents work blue collar jobs with total combined salary/ hourly wage earnings of less than $50,000 per year.79 percent of children in households with incomes less than $50,000 have few to no-swim skills and according to the CDC, if a child doesn’t know how to swim there is an 81 percent chance that the parent doesn’t know how to swim either.
Historically cost-reduced swim lessons alone were thought to be the most effective way of providing inner-city families with adequate swim education. While financial cost is a large barrier, three more prominent struggles exist: a generational fear of water, lack of access to water features within the community, and prolonged program times that amplify costs. Our program addresses these primary limiting factors through blended swim education curriculums that build water comfort, safety, and elementary skills without the need for a pool thus fast-tracking students toward a competent self-life preserving swimming ability.

Truth is if this journey were easy everyone would do it… but I did learn this … the wealthiest people don’t talk about how much money they make, they talk about how many lives they impact!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to the overlook view of the LAX airfield, and the to get some Thai food in Westchester at Ayara.

We would defiantly go out to the paper tiger at night and hit up one of the hookah lounges in Westwood another night.

A brunch in DTLA at the Freehand is always a winner. The rooftop pool vibe in downtown is a real vibrant energy! While we were down there we’d rent a few scooters and Zip up and down the one way streets!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to all those before me gambled on themselves, and believed in me enough to encourage me to do the same through their words, actions, and spirit.

Website: www.swimuphill.com

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