Helping Our Young People Survive the Lost Years

The Deion Sanders Jackson State situation has had one good outcome: It has our community thinking about the education and future of our young people. That’s right where I want us to be.

On that note: Parents, we are failing our young people.

This is your Motivation Minute. I’m John the CEO…

The reason our community is in last place among the 4 main American groups is in part because too many of us kick our young people out the house at 18 without a career plan or vision. As I’ve said in previous videos, our young people struggle severely during the lost years from 18 to 24 years old.

We have to start planning for their 18th birthday at least 5 to 10 years in advance, in elementary school. We can’t just let them be whatever they want to be when they grow up. Otherwise, they’ll be tryna major in music at the expensive Berklee School of Music trying to become a rapper lol. But all kidding aside, others will end up so lost that they sell drugs, or become club dancers, or worse, because these illicit lines of work are easy to fall into without guidance. Not tryna knock anyone, but we have to have a real talk here.

Again, we’re in last place when it comes to median incomes and net worth. In a world that loves money more than they love us, we’re getting ignored by those who run this world system and major corporations. That’s why we still hardly see any of us on the boards of big companies. This is why no one cares about our communities being in a constant state of disrepair.

In general, no one likes a loser. In sports, who thinks about the last place team? No one. We’re in 4th place among 4 groups, which means we’re last. That’s why our HBCUs struggle with small endowments. Let’s turn this around right now. Get our young people into STEM projects in elementary school, junior high school, and high school. Buy them science and technology related gifts for Christmas.

 After they graduate 2 or 4 yr schools, it won’t take longer than 3-5 years to get our median incomes up so we can move up to number 1. Watch for my videos on picking STEM majors and how to effectively deal with entry level jobs so you don’t get stuck too long with an entry level income. Until the next video, take care.

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