Mr. Villa’s work covers a variety of areas, including; Mentoring Youth (faith based) Mentoring (prison to community reintegration), Motivational Speaking, Work with Service Providers, Program Assessment & Evaluation, Field Service Work, Case Management, Program Development, Curriculum Building, Leadership Development, Community Investment and Volunteerism, and he is a Published co-author.
He has worked with diverse populations: Urban & Rural youth and adults, Undocumented immigrant youth and adults, migrant farm workers and families, youth and adults reintegrating from State & Federal Department and Juvenile Detention Centers of Rehabilitation & Corrections, as well as adults and youth affected by drug and alcohol addictions.
As part of his own program of recovery his preparation to become an Alcohol and Drug counselor began in 1988 under the tutelage of the late Dr. Stephanie Miller.
Mr. Villa received his training in the core areas: group facilitation, intakes, assessments, and individual treatment plans.
He later went on to earn an Associate Degree in General studies From Ashland University in 1990. While pursuing his Bachelor Degree he completed a Certificate Program in Hotel and Restaurant Management in 1991. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashland University majoring in psychology from Ashland University in 1993. He continued to pursue more education by attending Toledo University to work on a Master’s Degree in Education focused on (High Needs Populations).
Mr. Villa formed his first alcohol & drug focused group (a 4th step after care group) in December of 1988.
He went on to form groups outside of the alcohol and drug field which focused on youth, family and community. His methodology was unique in its approach and challenged the "scared straight" "status quo" philosophy at the time. He chose to emphasize communicating with people, focusing on showing dignity and respect, versus yelling, screaming, and degrading them as a means to "create change".
This philosophy of "integrity versus force" was to become the foundation for all of his future efforts in working with At-Risk Individuals and Service Providers. This stands at the core of his current work.
Mr. Villa through his current work (Creating Change) is currently working diligently as a "community volunteer" in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections (Grafton Re-integration Center, Lorain Correctional Institution) working with incarcerated men in the areas of: Leadership Development, Community Investment, Spiritual Awareness, and Redefining Manhood.
Mr. Villa was named Volunteer of the Year (2013) for his work with the men at the Grafton Reintegration Center in Ohio.
He has also provided re-entry services in the Nevada Prison System and has worked with the Federal Prison Administration in Nevada, as well as volunteer at the Toledo Correctional Institution in Ohio from 2013- 2015.
Mr. Villa believes in and lives by the motto "Greatness is Our Destiny" and incorporates it into every aspect of his individual work as well as his work at Forteleza.