“Make no mistake, our youth, our families and our communities are our country’s real legacy and the living proof of the health of our nation.”
-Wendy M. Reynolds
You can’t change the world if you don’t touch hearts! Soooooo… In the pictures shown, we were doing our best to make an impact- to touch hearts and lives! We were hanging with our youth (and their families) of the City- celebrating them, encouraging them… while building and celebrating the power of Community.
I love the fact that many US cities are working hard at redefining themselves. However, be reminded that there can be no lasting changes unless we pour into and empower our youth and families. We must provide them with the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. We all deserve access to the best education and educational environment, health care, supportive services, programs, nutrition, opportunities… We cannot say we truly care about out country when we feel it okay to send children to learn in dilapidated buildings, without proper books or valued educators. What does it say when we pour billions of dollars into systems designed to incarcerate as opposed to educate? What does it mean when families have to travel far out of their neighborhoods for healthy food or even visit a park because there are none to be seen where they live? What happens when there are little to no positive images or stories seen that reflect who you are or where you come from?
Make no mistake, our youth, our families and our communities are our country’s real legacy and the living proof of the health of our nation. It is perfectly fine to build new buildings, to revitalize,… Downtown, but it means very little if we don’t help build and foster relationships and a positive culture and environment within the communities of our nation. We must make the commitment to build up and believe in our youth- show them they are worth investing in- worth fighting for and that although they don’t have to be perfect, we expect nothing short of their best work and best behavior. Somebody invested in you in one way or another. We must continue to find the best ways to expose the value and greatness they have within, so that they can see it in themselves, reflect it outwardly, contribute positively in the world around them and help others. Only then will our cities, states, nations and world begin to stand as a testament of true health and wealth. Yeah, only when we discover where it truly lies.
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