I learned that I don’t really know much about the people I call my friends. I mean, we hang out, we support one another, we meet up to catch up. Until a few weeks ago when I asked a question on my personal Facebook page. I was blown away by all of the responses.
Day in an day out, we do the routine thing. We wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to bed. If you have kids, well that’s a whole other story.
But I learned that my friends are a little bit more like me than I thought. They all have a heart for serving and empowering others. Helping those who need a word of advice, direction, leadership, example. Kick in the butt.
But, are they doing it? I’m sure they are here and there. But when I think of the change my friends could all make if they actually began creating a program that would give the people they each mentioned in their response the support they actually need, my heart gets warm and fuzzy.
But many, if not all, aren’t making the moves to start a program in their community.
Here are some of the programs my amazing friends said they would love to see in their communities.
-A self-esteem building program for girls age 9-17
-A Debutante program
-Basic life skills at an early age. Children need to learn to be more independent in these times.
-Organization, laundry, cooking, how to use a telephone, and how to write a proper letter.
-A kid/teen gardening program
-Support for kids who have been bullied
-A soccer/sports program for mentally and physically handicapped children
Aren’t these amazing programs? But no one is making the steps necessary to get these programs started. I asked some folks why that is and they simply said:
“I don’t know where to start.”
“I don’t have time.”
“I don’t have the money.”
“I don’t have the support.”
Do you know that I started my very first program for girls with very little money? The money I did spend was on the forms I had to file with the state in order for me to open a bank account, etc. It was very little. It was along time ago in the state of Michigan. Then I recall filing fees being between $20 – $40 if that much.
The biggest misconception is that it takes alot of money to start a program and it does not. You can start small. You can start slow.
The most common reason people don't act on their desire to create an empowerment program is they don't know where to start.
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