Jaytee Mauia is the founder of All My Usos along with his fellow “usos” (brothers) who rallied to his side in honor of his battle with cancer. Born to a single mother and raised in the Hunterʻs Point neighborhood of San Francisco, Jaytee was no stranger to the hardships of urban living. He witnessed firsthand the struggle that people in his environment endured and in his teenage years, was a regular volunteer within the community. As an adult he would serve the city by working and eventually retiring with the San Francisco Housing Authority. Both personally and professionally, Jaytee became well-loved in many neighborhoods within San Francisco for his generosity, sincerity and joyful presence. Known for his smile, wit and humor, Jaytee lit up every room he entered.
Throughout his life, Jaytee would prioritize making time to call, check in and show up for the people whom he loved. This became even more important when Jaytee was diagnosed with cancer and he realized that life is too precious to take for granted. In 2014, after his first bout with cancer, Jaytee became focused on seeing people be intentional about “living life to the fullest” and take advantage of preventative healthcare by regularly “getting checked up.” With Jaytee as the glue that bonded AMU, they began leading volunteer efforts within the community, including hosting the annual All My Usos Barbecue, organizing blood drives and providing support to families also fighting cancer in what is now called, “The Ribbon of Hope” program.
In 2017, when Jayteeʻs cancer returned, he invited the public to get a rare glimpse into his life via his social media platforms. Each day he would go “live and direct,” sometimes taking his followers along on his travels, oftentimes cracking jokes, but mostly sharing words of encouragement and love. By documenting his journey, Jaytee, whether he was aware or not, brought hope to everyone whom his story touched. Now more than 4 years since his passing in 2018, Jayteeʻs legacy lives on through his wife Christine, children and grandchildren, while his vision is realized each day through AMU programs, its members, and the ripple effect of positivity that AMU has within the community.
Taupolo “Jaytee” Mauia III
Keresoma Sam La'a
Senior Pastor, Elder at Go Ministry
Executive Director, Samoan Community Development Center