Leadership Development in Transitional-Aged Youth

Transitional Adolescent Leadership developmnet (1)I look back to my childhood when I was subconsciously downloading a program of thought into my life’s operating system. My parents and relatives were shaping my future without doing so intentionally.

Think about all the kids across the globe that are downloading the programming from their immediate environments and ask yourself what these environments are giving to these young people…think about all the various types of environments that these kids are growing up in. A large majority of these them take this pattern of thinking throughout their entire lives and it follows them into early adulthood. Most of these kids will grow up attracting more people into their circles that are products of similar environments, therefore adding to the population of those being held captive by their past.


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Throughout these years there will be numerous things that happen in these young people’s lives that become internalized and viewed as a permanent piece of who they are. In other words, these kids come to where they perpetuate a thought process that they never double checked to be the truth of their individual potential. These kids grow up believing that they have no alternative path in life other than that which was laid by those in their immediate vicinity, and therefore they block out any potential success that is possible through properly aligning themselves with more successful and more prosperous individuals who actually care about their successful forward progress in life. I’m sick of our current systems of thought, and systems of community inactivity continuing to block the blessings of out youth.


I’m looking to develop a program* where the gap between high school and adulthood is bridged, but also where there’s a multi-systemic approach towards proper socio-educational development which will have our young people prepared to take on all the challenges of transitioning through adolescence and into early adulthood with a mission-focused level of clarity. I’ll be looking to connect with local (South Mississippi) community leaders, entrepreneurs and academics that have a deep passion to disrupt our current education system and give economically disadvantaged youth a better chance as a life of abundance.


*Only select partnerships will be accepted.

Complete the form below if you have a passion to impact this population as well!

 

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Present Yourself as a Prospect, not a Suspect.

During my 30+ years living in a few different cities throughout the world I have seen my share of fashion when it comes to the male population. In the United States we are permitted an abundance of freedoms which people in many other countries are not as fortunate to enjoy. One of those freedoms is the freedom of expression which allows a broad range of ways by which one may demonstrate their individuality.

Most of us form the foundation of our preference in attire coming up through childhood and adolescents, and our parents usually playing a big role in influencing these choices. Overall most parents want their children to represent themselves in a way which will allow them grow up to be a successful person with limitless opportunities, but at the same time they want their children to be free to develop their own way in which they represents themselves in regards to their appearance. These youthful years are a great time to be free to express themselves in whichever they  feel best, but they must keep in mind what they want become in life and what they want to attract to their life.

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We must encourage our youth to present themselves in a manner that will attract the right attention to them. The world knows and judges us by what they can see. If people see you dressing in a stereotypical suspicious way they are going to apply stereotypical treatment to you (I need not go into specifics on this statement). If people see you dressed in a distinguished and dignified way they are more apt to treat you as a distinguished and dignified individual.

I’m not trying to dictate how anyone dresses nor am I trying to criticize anyone for their preference in attire, but I have seen and experienced how people are treated differently based on the way that they present themselves. So let’s allow our youth to enjoy their freedom of expression, but let’s also teach our youth to know how to present themselves as prospects instead of suspects so that they will gain the opportunities and respect that they truly deserve and that will allow them to some day fulfill their potential.

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