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And REMEMBER: No matter how little you have, you ALWAYS have something to give. BE STRONG! GIVE MORE! Thank you!!
Picking up from yesterday... So WHAT? What has THE GIVE TEAM accomplished?
We’ve been blessed with some amazing young souls. One alumnus is a co-founder of the team, and is a staff member of New Image Youth Center, a personal trainer building his own business while also helping his mother. Another is the youngest member of the PhD program in Computer Science at Auburn University (currently in Nigeria for his studies). Another is a senior on a full academic scholarship at University of Florida. Another is employed full time while taking classes at Valencia College in their Accelerated Skills program. Another graduated high school in 2018 and is enlisting in the Marine Corps. Two graduated high school in 2019, with one employed full time on a track to head back to Florida A&M (his mission is to graduate debt free) and the other enrolled as a freshman on a full academic scholarship at Morehouse College. Yet another has a GED and is working to get things on track after finding himself on the wrong side of right a year ago.
These guys continue to set the bar for those who now follow. •
For THE GIVE TEAM to take credit for the results of alumni would be disingenuous. The strongest common thread is each came through New Image Youth Center. The Give Team is a New Image Youth Center program, and an extension of the hard work done every day at NIYC. The other common thread is they learned to thrive while growing up in a neighborhood once named one of America’s most dangerous.
Before our workout last Saturday, we spent a few minutes talking about the “200 cop cars” out front one of our boys’ homes the night before, responding to repeated gunfire. We talked about how last week there were more shots than normal. Tough to figure why. Tough to sleep with all that action outside your window. That didn’t stop him from waking up Saturday morning to do things that aren’t comfortable. After all, you gotta get up and go get it ‘cuz it ain’t coming to get you. And if it IS coming to get you, best get off your ass and be ready for it.
Brad Mason is head coach of The Give Team, and a firm believer that no matter how little you think you have, you ALWAYS have something to give. So give more. Give more smiles, more compliments, more focus, and more effort.