You know the song that just does it for you? It speaks to you. Maybe it's the beat or a lyric that strikes a cord. It gives you goosebumps. The song defines a moment. Your moment. Your history. Your life, both present and future.
Youth development programs teach important skills such as teamwork, communication skills, goal setting, and how to have fun. It's a much-needed outlet for many youth and places them on a road to success.
Buying school supplies helps. Hiring better teachers helps. Overhauling school curriculum helps. But none of that matters unless a young person is part of a community and has the support of a caring, consistent adult.
As a youth advocate, nonprofit leader and mentor, I'm making new resolutions for at-risk youth. I resolve to not just help the easy children, not to give up on children, and to care about their future.