Patrice Holt considers herself a flame starter in the business of sparking greatness within youth development professionals and the youth they serve. With over 16 years of experience in nonprofit management, Patrice uses youth development best practices, practical experience, and feedback from stakeholders to develop youth programs, increase program quality and help create fresh resources for new professionals. She has a passion for coaching the new generation of youth development leaders that will advance the movement for more positive IMPACT on children and youth, their families, and their communities.
Patrice served in multiple roles within The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta. Beginning her career as a front line staff member in 2004, Patrice led multiple academic success initiatives that resulted in a 98% graduation rate for the organization. During that time, Patrice created a coaching program that assisted front line staff with the opportunity to increase skills, knowledge, and experience. This led to a decreased turnover in staff, an increase in Commitment to Quality ratings, and improved relationships with community partners.
Patrice served as Program Coordinator for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater, during which time, the organization saw an increase in partnerships with large national partnerships including leading the pilot of the Target sponsored Ever-fi financial literacy project, culminating in a celebration with Colonel Ron Busroe and Judge Glenda Hatchett. Patrice was instrumental in securing and managing several grants for The Salvation Army Bellwood Boys & Girls Club. Patrice’s leadership has led to an increase in sustained achievement for youth, their families, and the community throughout her career.
In 2018, Patrice founded Start2Soar, LLC whose purpose is to create a network of adults that are dedicated to becoming champions of youth. Start2Soar, LLC also works to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion within organizations and communities. She coaches professionals and organizations to meet their goals. She is the recipient of the inaugural Leadership Award at the 2018 Georgia After-school and Youth Development Conference due to her work in leading and progressing after-school services throughout Georgia. In 2018, Patrice also received a special Outstanding Service award from The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command. Patrice currently serves as a Quality Coach for Georgia Statewide After-school Network, facilitates throughout Over Patrice’s career she has been instrumental in supporting organizations and teams with implementing turnaround strategies that create substantive positive change for youth and communities.
She attended Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Patrice enjoys volunteering, reading novels, and traveling. Patrice lives in metro Atlanta with her husband, AJ.