Mason has firsthand experience being homeless as a youth and living as a foster child. He also became caretaker of his teenage siblings and his one year old niece when he was 20 years old after his mom died in 2008. He often says that he became a father to three teenagers and the grandfather of one in a day. Then when he became an empty-nester at 24 he had an early midlife crisis and decided to change careers from restaurant management to helping kids who are growing up now the same way his family and he did then.
Currently, he works with homeless youth in the Sacramento region. He also works with local foster agencies to help recruit foster parents, especially for older children. He has consulted with the chief of child protective services and their staff to help develop the policies concerning how to support children who have been victims of sexual exploitation for the state of California. He also speaks at schools all over the world sharing his story of growing up in the foster care system and being a homeless youth, and most of all, sharing how he was able to rise above his circumstances. He is an advocate of mentoring youth, and focuses much of his work on prevention.
Mason now serves as the Executive Director of RiseAbove. Having a unique perspective of someone who was in foster care and had a good experience, as well as being a former “kinda-foster parent” to his siblings, rising above the challenges of youth homelessness and now a provider to homeless youth adds an invaluable expertise that helps guide the vision and mission of RiseAbove, a program serving homeless youth. Mason is a soon to be author with the release of his Books “Dad in a Day: When My Mom’s Kids Became My Own” May 2017 and “Discover Life Beyond Crisis: A Guide For Overcomers” June 2017. Mason is available for bookings. Mason speaks on issues concerning youth such as foster care, youth homelessness and mentoring.