Saturday, August 27, 2016

#EnoughisEnough Stop the Violence!

Another senseless act of violence in Chicago took the life of a young woman, this time the cousin of NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade.  Over night Wade Tweeted a call to end the violence, using the hashtag #EnoughisEnough.

I've been using this phrase for nearly 10 years, to show steps of involvement that anyone can take.  Here's an article written just two weeks ago, that is titled "Stop the Violence. Where are the Leaders?"

I started the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) in Chicago in 1993 with the goal of helping non-school tutoring, mentoring and learning programs grow in high poverty neighborhoods of Chicago, as an alternative to the negative influences available to youth in high poverty neighborhoods.

I've reached out to athletes to take a role in "building great teams" to support youth, with graphics like the one below.
This graphic is included in this 2014 article titled "Build Great Youth Teams in Every Neighborhood - Role of Intermediaries".  It's one of several articles showing roles athletes and coaches can take, which you can find in this set of articles,

There's a lot of information here. It's not something you can master in just one session. Yet, athletes like Wade, our Olympians, pro baseball and football players, all know that to be great you spend lots and lots of time practicing and building your skills.

That's why they should focus on motivating fans to spend their own time, talent and dollars, learning ways to be strategic and consistently involved, and motivating them to stay involved for many years.

I started sharing these strategies 23 years ago. Had anyone accepted this leadership role at that time, maybe things would be different now in 2016 Chicago.

#EnoughisEnough - share this with athletes, leaders and celebrities.  I'd be happy to serve as a coach.

It's not too late to start changing the future.

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