Why do we call the program ELITE. Living to encourage everyday is a walk and sometimes even a struggle. We struggle with always seeing the negative in people and very seldom see the good, the strength and the ability to overcome obstacles. If we directed the spotlight on there abilities, strengths and integrity and not there inabilities. Then they will grow do desire the positive reinforcement and do whatever it takes to receive it. They will even change there lifestyle in order to receive loving encouragement. We fight for answers as to why? Why is the world the way it is?
Why do people do what they do? The number 1 reason is the lack of mentorship. Lack of leadership and lack of positive reinforcement. What makes you ELITE is your ability to see positive in a situation and exploit it. Not remaining silent. Using it to breathe life. Have you ever seen a beautiful plant grow from lack of attention, from lack of care?
You must invest in the growth of that plant in order for it to reach its full potential. You must take time out of your day to work and continue everyday thereafter. The result is a beautiful plant that people notice and then in turn wonder how it got that way. Opening up an opportunity to minister or even mentor. However. If left unattended the world will rob them of there beauty and choke them out. Without help,they will die. We have been given an opportunity to be the help in the lives of the next generation . To invest in the growth of our young men and women.
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I am currently mentoring a former gang leader. He was a ruthless thug. Is his life any less valuable? No, he is just as important as anyone else. He was trained and activated by his upbringing and by his circumstances. He was told he wasn't good enough. He was told he wasn't necessary. He was told he was better off dead. So why wouldn't he be drawn into the family that is known as MS-13? Being told that he has a purpose. Being told that he is necessary. It is astonishing to me the human condition. You seek for approval and love so much you are willing to go to the extreme to achieve it. That is what we are dealing with. We are not dealing with rough, hate filled killers. We are dealing with young men desiring the love and nurturing of a father and family. That is ELITE in its simplest form. We provide the love and nurturing and confidence a father would place in a child. Coupled with the opportunity to overcome obstacles, which builds confidence and provides our leadership with the opportunities to encourage and build a bond. The result is a relationship formed based on love and respect. Guiding them in a direction of productivity and not destruction. Of life and not death.
The smile say it all.
The lives change says it all.