What steps can we take today to build our youth for the future? What jobs are we qualifying them for? What relationships are we helping them establish? What goals are we helping them reach? What gaps are we creating bridges for them to cross? There are many facets of youth’s life’s we have yet to reach. Take your gifting and connect with a young person today!

 

Twas the Night Before Inauguration

The Obama’s are resting comfortably on their pillows tonight soaking in every last detail of the White House and probably reflecting on a job well done. There are some tonight are at home crying about what tomorrow will bring as we induct a new president in these United States.

However I challenge you not to feel fear, regret, doubts, or anger. I challenge you to get ready. The blessed thing the Obama’s have done is set a BEAUTIFUL example of leadership, class, grace, work, relationship building, servant leadership, and public speaking. They have taught us how to gather people around issues that are important in our communities and neighborhoods and to do the work.

As with any great leader, they’ve created many more leaders. That’s us! We now have to say to ourselves it’s time to do the work. What’s still important to me? What’s still important in my community? What’s still important for advocacy, funding, and conversation?

We’ve been shown the way now it’s up to us to go the way! So tonight I go to bed with a smile on my face because regardless of what goes on in this world, I’m reminded of what I have that can never be taken away and that’s a passion for serving my community and the courage to do so.

Find your passion, find your voice, and let’s get out here and continue to carry the torch for our communities and those who are depending on us!

#teacherbae and the stereotypes of African American girls

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By now I’m sure you’ve seen the images floating around social media of Atlanta based 4th grade paraprofessional Patrice Brown. The images have struck a controversy in the field of Education of appropriate classroom attire and in social circles the public shaming of black curvaceous women.

EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO OVERCOMING POVERTY. EXPOSING YOUNG PEOPLE TO NEW BOOKS AND KNOWLEDGE CAN PROVIDE AN EXPERIENCE AND INFORMATION NO ONE CAN TAKE AWAY. SHARE BOOKS YOU’VE ALREADY READ TO A YOUNG PERSON TODAY OR PASS ALONG A GIFT CARD TO THE BOOKSTORE. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!

Identity Development: Helping Youth Navigate the Identity Crisis

Tips for Youth Practitioners and Program Directors

Identity Development- Helping Youth Navigate the Identity Crisis

The question, “Who am I?” is especially pertinent during adolescence. The combination of physical, cognitive, and social changes that occur during that time, plus the serious life choices to be faced (occupation, life partner) spur what Erik Erikson famously called an identity crisis. He used the term, “crisis,” to mean a turning point rather than a period of profound or debilitating uncertainty. Erikson acknowledged that identity issues could arise throughout the life course, but saw identity formation as the critical “developmental task” of adolescence.