Passionate about youth and music, Jey Mbiro has found his niche as a DJ and youth minister in Atlanta, Georgia. He also started a mentorship program in his hometown of Mathare, Kenya, offering young people what he lacked as a child: Godly, loving leadership.
Raised in one of the largest and poorest slums on the African continent, Jey’s childhood was a difficult one. He grew up in a one-room house with his single mom, three brothers and ten other family members. When she grew ill, Jey’s only option was to move to the streets of Nairobi to beg for food and money. At only 9 years of age, he was arrested and imprisoned for stealing.
When he was released, Jey thought he would once again have to move back to the streets — until he was invited into Compassion’s child development program. Because of his sponsorship, he no longer needed to worry about money for school, healthcare, clothing and food. For the first time in his life, Jey felt hope. God’s intervention through Compassion changed the entire course of his life. While he once questioned whether he’d ever have the chance to go to grade school, Jey is now a graduate of Daystar University (Nairobi, Kenya), where he studied youth ministry.
Jey speaks to youth, college students and adults about the effects of poverty, the importance of mentorship and ways to strategically make a difference. His engaging presence, compelling style and fun personality make it easy for him to connect with audiences in any context.
He and his wife Susie (along with their two dogs Zuri and Rembo) enjoy calling Atlanta home.