In the next month or so I’ll have the privilege of speaking to the Boys and Girls Club as one of their Role Model speakers. If you don’t know much about the organization it has been around since 1860 and has more than 4,000 affiliate clubs throughout the United States and its territories. According to the club, its mission is:
“To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence."
My wife once told me that one of the reasons she liked me was my ongoing quest for self-improvement. While I have plenty to go, I have come very far. For those who know me, you know that it is my purpose to help others find that same desire and help guide them however I can, whether directly or by giving references or suggestions for them to follow up on.
I’m looking forward to speaking to the kids of the organization. It’s a terrific mix from all walks of life. Whether a person is eight or eighty, as I continue to develop myself as a speaker and author I look forward to reaching people of all ages and backgrounds.
As of now I’ll be speaking to the group about three topics: Boundaries, The importance of their voice, and Belonging. What are some of the areas that have helped you grow? I’d love to hear from you.
If you haven’t done so recently, find a volunteer organization that means something to you and donate some time. It might even be one afternoon every few months. Regardless, the most important part is that it speaks to you and comes from the heart rather than be a checklist item.