James Watkins (he/him/his), better known as Jimmy Watts, is an artist in every sense of the word. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Jimmy graduated from Bates College in 2012 with a B.A. in English and later Georgetown University in 2018 with a certification in Nonprofit Management. Before joining YPT, Jimmy directed the Queen Beez music program, which was created to work with young girls using Hip-Hop as a vehicle to foster self-expression, confidence, writing skills and address issues that young people encounter in their lives. This inspired Jimmy's love for arts education, which led him to partner with the American Public Health Association to facilitate youth engagement projects in Nebraska and Ohio. With his leadership, students from Nebraska's Omaha High School wrote an original song addressing gun violence and filmed a music video. The video later premiered at the SXSW's Education conference the following year. In 2019, Jimmy partnered with Words Beats and Life, DC's Hip-Hop nonprofit, where he joined as one of its Board of Directors.
In his spare time, Jimmy can be found working on a television script and recording his debut album. And of course, he's always looking for an opportunity to engage youth with the one tool that saved his life: Hip-Hop.