A friend of mine wrote a book called "Simple Faith." Tom Burger is a Prison Chaplain in North Carolina who helps inmates become free in their hearts even as their bodies remain incarcerated. He isn't a complicated guy and his friends in prison appreciate him. He simply serves with a humble heart. His life is unbalanced because the weight of his focus is tipped toward other folks as he puts their interests ahead of his own. That's simple servant leadership and it's a model that YWAP uses with inner city young people. You can find Tom's book at http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Faith-Uncomplicated-Complicated-Life/dp/1495211509
In spite of many victories in seeing young people climb out of the trenches of poverty, segregation and violence, too many young lives have been lost. The high school graduation rate has been simply abysmal for a long time. A simple change is needed. John Maxwell is a leadership teacher who said:
"Educators take something simple and make it complicated.
Communicators take something complicated and make it simple." -John Maxwell
Serving folks is not complicated, serving is simple. Serving is a matter of focus and balance. Put others first. At Youth With A Purpose, we study leadership and strive to find new ways to serve. Serving others does not mean helping folks become social service dependents. Political and faith-based policies have helped to promulgate poverty instead of reducing it. Building relationships with students in our schools that nurture self-sustainability and personal accountability will reduce delinquency in the inner city.
In the next several weeks, YWAP will be casting the Vision to train urban youth leaders who will deliver young people into character building mentoring relationships. We invite you to do your own research on what success looks like and how we will accomplish our goals to raise grades, reduce suspensions and delinquent behaviors.
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