Finding My WHY

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

As I witness some of the recent events and commentary being exposed in politics, business and the entertainment industries, I am reminded of why I chose to become a champion for children and good character. As an advocate for youth I remain adamant about the importance of teaching and promoting moral values and life skills at an early age. I believe that children should be cared for, protected and prepared for the complexities of life.


Years ago, I drew from my passion and expertise for child care and advocacy, behavioral health and character education and founded a nonprofit organization. As an educator, mentor and NPO leader, I understood the importance of professional development and would often attend workshops or engage in webinars. It was during one of those professional growth events, that I learned about the concept of "finding your why". While I had been exploring that question all my life, it seemed that I was finally charged with effectively vocalizing my why. I will admit that I tried to find nice, politically correct ways of expressing my why or instead, opted to say nothing at all. Nevertheless, as I continue to observe the depraved world in which we reside, I cannot help but to speak up and to spark a call to action.


Because our children and young adults need LOVING, UNDERSTANDING , SUPPORTIVE, ATTENTIVE, and, yes, FIRM caregivers, teachers and mentors who are willing to teach them what is good and right.

So, why do I do what I do? I do what I do...

Because integrity is preferred but not necessarily required. 

Because corruption and hate has become commonplace. 

Because too many of our children and young adults are desensitized to violence.

Because our children and young adults need LOVING, UNDERSTANDING , SUPPORTIVE, ATTENTIVE, and, yes, FIRM caregivers, teachers and mentors who are willing to teach them what is good and right. 

Because our children and young adults need basic life skills.

Because our girls AND boys need to be protected from predators. 

Because RIGHT is RIGHT and WRONG is WRONG!

Because it is our duty to promote and do good in the world. 

Because good character is an indispensable quality of life.

Because we need to RESTORE HOPE!


Let us cultivate a culture of character. Children do not automatically know right from wrong, comprehend sarcasm or foresee danger. It is our duty as parents, guardians, extended family, teachers, mentors and other adults and leaders, to teach girls, boys and young men and women what is right and what is wrong and unacceptable. By doing so, our children and young adults can aspire to a rewarding future and handle life's obstacles with character values and strengths such as confidence, intelligence, compassion and integrity.



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