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I really like my job. I work in the customer service department of a major telecommunications company. It’s actually my first full-time job after finishing school back in January. I’m a first generation college grad and quite honestly the first person in my entire family to have a job outside of assembly or manual labor. So I come from very humble beginnings to put it mildly. I’ve been selected to attend a 6 week Leaders of Tomorrow workshop at work and our first assignment is to identify someone within the senior leadership team we would like to have as a mentor to support us during the workshop and throughout our career with the company. Now the closest thing I’ve ever had to any kind of mentoring in my life so far has come from my mom or someone I consider close in my family like an aunt or uncle. The problem I’m having with trying to choose a mentor is that there’s no one on the SL list that looks like me… ethnically. I fear being able to successfully make a connection with someone who can’t relate to my cultural, economic, and spiritual background. I’m not questioning their well intentioned hearts, professionalism, lack of wisdom, or sincere interest in seeing me succeed. It’s more of a comfort level and familiarity preference for me in emotionally vulnerable situations. Could be I’m not fully understanding what the mentoring dynamic in a professional workplace environment truly is. Am I looking into this too deep? Any suggestions?
I was once the proud sponsor of a male middle-school mentoring program: The Knights. We met twice a month during school hours, thanks to a very supportive principal, Monica L. Bates, at Highland Oaks Middle School in Memphis. Developed and operated by Dr. Linda Lane, the Social Work Supervisor. Upon my arrival at HO, I was asked to lead the program. Together, with a swell group of men, we made a substantial impact on the lives of over two hundred young boys. These young men were taught behavior management, social etiquette and grooming standards. We introduced them to the smell of black shoe polish. They ironed their white shirts after school and were taught to tie a tie. All the aforementioned was required to be worn at each meeting. We promoted brotherhood and to greet and support one another daily. The group generated topics of discussion, we led lessons in on character, integrity and other essential life-skills. The young men performed as guides at school functions, and were often called upon to take on extra responsibilities throughout the school year. We took our guys to NBA games, the Memphis Grizzlies. Parents chaperoned games and after-school activities: a lot restaurants. The Knights instilled self-discipline and citizenship. The Civil Rights Museum on one visit and a live witness to the penal system and observed several trials in criminal court. One year, our mentees joined forces with their counterparts (The Gems) led by our female faculty and sang songs to their mentors during their ceremony, at the completion of their respective programs. There's so much I've left out because of time and space. Let me suffice it to say that not only were the young men impacted, but all the faculty involved in to making these programs work.
Nothing stressful. The only thing that sadden me was when I couldn't reach a kid because of all he has been exposed to
I am able to extend love to a ton of kids at one time, and not just the two I am raising. I am a natural nurturer. I connected with a wonderful lady who heads an annual school supply drive, and now receive 200 backpacks with school supplies; I pass them out at the beginning of each school year to the players, cheerleaders and siblings that are a part of our program. We also stress education, respect for self and others, accountability and responsibility. We check report cards. We mentor. I have an even greater sense of pride and accomplishment. Nothing is better than seeing a child blossom, build self-confidence and self-worth. Knowing I play a small part in helping them succeed is everything.