I strongly believe that, "to whom much is given much is required." I have been blessed with many natural talents, abilities and opportunities and it's my responsibility to share. The impact that my mentors have had on my life is immeasurable. As such, I strive to provide strong mentoring relationships with others. The youth represent infinite potential, so it's in our best interest to spend time investing in them. As a father of four, uncle of 7 and godfather to several, I have witnessed children's innate curiosity, thirst for knowledge and unrelenting energy. Harnessing and shaping these qualities can build a different and better path for humanity.
My path as a mentor began as a teenager, counseling children in summer camps and after school programs. Throughout college I helped direct Rites of Passage Programs for young inner city men. I have been a guest lecturer and motivational speaker at countless high schools, colleges and programs for youth in foster care.
Recently, I helped create a curriculum and taught valuable life skills via the Citizen Teacher apprenticeship program. I along with my colleagues instructed 6th graders for ten weeks in a public school in Brooklyn, New York. Our apprenticeship, entitled "Thrive" culminated in an event where the students presented their new found skills to their peers and family in a local art gallery. My commitment to young people remains strong and I am always looking for additional opportunities to give back and help shape our future.