Investing in Our Future
The well known phrase ‘the children are our future’ is not a hollow adage. Any room full of young, eager faces could hold the next president, corporate genius, or scientific prodigy. Sadly, not all children are born with balanced opportunities. Likewise, not all adults are equipped to extend a supportive hand in helping all young people reach their full potential. Fortunately for these youngsters, there are adults who have the resources and foresight to invest in these youngsters achievements. As an example, Pete Briger, a top executive by trade, reaches out to low income families in the San Francisco area as a board member of a non-profit organization called Tipping Point. He’s also on the board of a network of charter schools that prepares students for success past high school.
Time for What’s Important
All people need their basic needs met before they can thrive to become productive adults. Low income youth don’t always have their basic needs met, let alone the need to develop competent skills to prepare for adult success. Programs that meet the basic survival mode and expand to make connections with young people help them feel they are part of a greater whole. A feeling of belonging is a prerequisite to thriving in the world. Organizations that focus on positive outcomes, are proactive in the programs they provide, and involve a “it takes a village” approach will experience greater success in engaging young people. Adults willing to sit on the boards of organizations that are set up to improve youths’ lives may be extremely busy in their jobs but they recognize they have to be proactive to assist communities produce success for their young people.
Catching Them Early