I can’t believe that the people in my life don’t have confidence in me. It has been over ten years of me organizing, mentoring, and creating programs in my community. I don’t understand why God has put this mandate on my life. All I know is that I don’t want my children to not have opportunity to develop into upstanding citizens. I just knew once the organization achieved it 501(C) 3 status we a family would come together to change the culture in our individual communities. It has been the exact opposite people has called me everything short of idiotic. I lost so much in these street, that when I started acting right I thought people who loved me would support me to the fullest, ah not. I don’t know where to go from here, when the people who I thought should be helping me build the S.O.N Foundation, is helping other people start their organizations. I don’t want to sound like a hater or a softy, but my heart is like, WOW at the people around. In the past I would try and make them help me, but now I’m tired of trying. I’m not giving up on the purpose God has entrusted in me, but I’m asking Him to HELP me with His will.
Today was incredible, I was angry at people who say they care about youths, but don’t show it. In 2008 I was asked to help design a new elementary school in the Roseland community. At the time I didn’t understand why someone wanted me to help bring educational options to my neighbors. In grade school I was not the best student for the most part. The school is called Roseland Preparatory Academy and we have significant finical support, but my fellow colleagues are driven off sheer pride.
I’m committed to updating this blog daily for the betterment of my community. Over the past ten years I’ve not wanted to ruffle any feathers. But, as I sat back and said “I’m a young buck….. Let me pay my dues” I only add on to the social capitalism going on in urban neighborhoods across America. We citizens of this great United States of America have a moral responsibility to progress our neighbors, communities, cities, states, and nation towards total equality. As an organization leader I need a platform to speak from to spread the information and to build capacity. Being a grassroots movement leader I’m focused on capturing momentum that galvanizes people around a black male’s perspective.
First, I want to talk about the City of Chicago’s race to the top campaign. The cities top job is up for grabs and our state can’t balance its budget without borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. Nevertheless, we are in a great position to mobilize and redirect leadership. Our city needs a true visionary to lead us into the future. Second, our educational institutions need to be challenged, just to see if they are truly creating our leaders of tomorrow. I’ve been researching this proposed project called “The Common Core State Standards initiative” http://www.corestandards.org/Standards/K12/ and I believe we all need to rethink education here in the U.S.A. Finally, we must become civic minded and hold elected officials accountable for our nation’s stability.
The S.O.N Foundation was birth because of the death of my brother. Our goal to revitalize people, communities, and economies can’t be achieved by one man. I strongly believe you don’t have to be a rich person to change the world. Do your part to make society safe, as you go to your place of employment, as you get your education, and as you live in our communities. I encourage people to help build society and not destroy it by setting on the sideline.