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The My Life Movement is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and motivating youth and adolescents of New Jersey through leadership training, mentoring, and community service to initiate the necessary change that this generation is seeking. My Life Movement aims to promote social welfare, general education, and the prosperity of our community. We are a multi ethnic, growing organization striving to create a safer environment for our generation and generations to come."
Recap: My Life Movement's 2018 Annual Leadership Forum
Courage: “It is about choosing to lay our vulnerability on the line for something greater than our pride ; risking failure and rejection in order to pursue our greatest aspirations and create more truthful and meaningful lives” -Margie Warrell.
April 15, 2018- My Life Movement hosted its 2018 Annual Leadership Forum. Over 50 attendees took part in event that could only change them for the better. The theme: “Strength, the courage to continue”
During the introduction, Founder, CEO, and Program Director Jamayrah Moore explained the mission of My Life Movement as well as naming the different programs/projects that MLM was involved in. She then introduced and briefly spoke on the topic of strength.
“We are here today to properly asses our lives for the methods, strategies, and practical ways of possessing courage that can be used to help us continue. Along with myself and the executive team, we have have brought along six experts in this area of life.” Said Moore. The introduction was followed by the first training session. The session focused on identifying discouragement and learning how to combat it proactively with encouraging statements. In addition, it mentioned how one can better prepare oneself for success by recognizing both toxic and empowering relationships and dealing with each accordingly.
Success is too often impeded by our chosen environment. Becoming aware of who or what is not necessary to our development is a gigantic steps in preparing oneself for a season of greatness.
After, the second training session was introduced. Here, each group identified and discussed their actual goals, their biggest fears regarding them, and how not putting their plans in action would affect them over time. Many times, we hold ourselves back because of the self-applied immense pressure that our capabilities amount us. We are capable of so much that we become immobilized by the fear of failure. This training session aimed to give them the ability to galvanize themselves past doubts and fears.
Finally, the panelists took center stage; they included: Chenoah Blount, CEO of Stacey Blount’s Rising Stars Organization and Miss New Jersey United States 2018; Raekwon Burton, a student at The College of New Jersey, Bonner Scholar, and mindfulness instructor; Jonathan Walker, a student at Rutgers University, Brother of Theta Tau, Captain of the Rutgers University Dance Marathon; Deandrah Cameron a student at Rutgers University, Specialist of the U.S. Army, Pres. of Educational Opportunity Program; Paul Jones, a Master’s Candidate at Centenary University, Young Adult President of the National Baptist Deacon’s Convention of America Inc. & its Auxiliaries; and Wilmeris Matias, a student at Trenton Catholic Academy, tennis player, and cheerleader. Through a series of questions posed by mediators (Dianne Nieves and Richmond Aririguzoh), the panelists talked about obstacles and the ways they found to push through. The conversation opened up with the seven panelist identifying thier personal challenges, hardships, and setbacks, ranging from the lost of a loved one, the hardships life as an immigrant, battling a chronic disease, and more.
After his kindling recount of battling leukemia, Jonathan enlightened the students by stating, "We all have battle stories (and) certain situations...and its the thought that "I did (experienced) that, so that I could do this."
In short, the panelist left the students with an understanding that the "hard times" are strength training moments. It is the moments where one feels their weakest that they learn their most valuable lessons, and bounce back ten times stronger because of it.
The program ended with photos, networking, and distribution of armor (MLM T-shirts) for whatever battle that may come their (students) way.