Jason Wilson, Man of the Year

By Staff


Jason Wilson is the founder and CEO of the Yunion, a nonprofit youth development organization in Detroit, Michigan.

He is also the director of The Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy (The CATTA) and author of Battle Cry and Cry Like a Man. He received the President's Volunteer Service Award from President Obama for his work with youth in Detroit and was the inspiration for an award-winning episode of the hit TV show This is Us.

He is a faithful husband of more than twenty-three years and a proud father of two beautiful children.

His grandfather’s lynching in the deep South, the murders of his two older brothers, and his verbally harsh and absent father all worked together to form Jason Wilson’s childhood. But it was his decision to acknowledge his emotions and yield to God’s call on his life that made Wilson the man and leader he is today. 
As the founder of one of the country’s most esteemed youth organizations, Wilson has decades of experience in strengthening the physical, mental, and emotional spirit of boys and men. In Cry Like a Man, Wilson explains the dangers men face in our culture’s definition of “masculinity” and gives readers hope that healing is possible.
As Wilson writes, “My passion is to help boys and men find strength to become courageously transparent about their own brokenness as I shed light on the symptoms and causes of childhood trauma and ‘father wounds.’ I long to see men free themselves from emotional incarceration—to see their minds renewed, souls weaned, and relationships restored.”


For decades, Jason was losing the war within--the internal battle that many men wage on a daily basis. He struggled to combat his toxic thoughts and emotions, communicating without composure, and ultimately hurting himself and his loved ones.

When Jason began to release years of unresolved trauma, he learned how to acknowledge his emotions and express them in a healthy way. He discovered that he was strengthened by transparency and vulnerability, which taught him to forgive, trust, and love without limitations.

Soon, Jason's newfound practices began to heal his relationships and transform his life. Throughout his journey of opening up, Jason became a better husband, father, and leader--and you can, too.

Supported by Biblical teachings, the lessons that Jason shares in Battle Cry teach us that we can all be empowered to break through what we've been through. Jason calls us to become better versions of ourselves, equipping us with the mental and spiritual weapons needed to redefine modern masculinity and showing us how to:
- Embrace our emotions rather than be ruled by them
- Win internal battles before they become external wars
- Break free from misconstrued masculinity and embrace our humanity
- Communicate more effectively with the people in our lives
- Heal trauma from our past in order to live our fullest lives in the present


Hollywood heavy weight even produced an award-winning documentary about the martial arts academy Jason founded in 2008 in Detroit.


“The Cave of Adullam," produced by Executive Producer Laurence Fishburne and directed by Lauren Checkoway focuses on Jason and his efforts to help young Detroit students through the Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy.

The film won the “Best Feature Documentary" award this at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival held in New York City.

His commitment you helping others is saving lives, Jason is an American Treasure. It is with great pride that we acknowledge him as The 2022 Beautiful Machine Magazine Man Of The Year