Re-Education and Re-Socialization (Re-Creating Me! by Re-Creating You)
There are three (3) stages of personal development in Re-Creating Self – Redefining Self, Rebuilding Self, and Being Yourself.
I. Re-defining ME (Out with the old, in with the new)
We believe that in order to redefine yourself in a positive, healthy, and productive way you must first “un-do yourself.” You must “un-do”, aggressively dismantle, and challenge all the negative and false images, concepts and beliefs of yourself.
• Fear, resentment, anger (Identifying root causes of “anger” in youth)
• False beliefs and definitions of one’s self (Gangstas, niggas, gang members, etc)
• Anger at parents
• Absence of parents (Mother and/or Father)
• Lack of stability (drugs in the home; physical abuse, etc.)
• Lack of support, understanding, etc.
Explaining the impact of the mother and father on influencing child’s identity and sense of self.
• Perceived lack of opportunity
(Role Models vs Rogue Models)
Explaining the negative vs positive images of sports figures, entertainers, movies, drug dealers, etc. on influencing personal identity in youth.
(Self-Image vs Social Image)
Impact of social media in peer pressure, bullying, and violence in defining who we are.
(Community Education vs. Classroom Education)
Explaining the impact of community miseducation, i.e., what is learned outside of school (values, beliefs, etc.) impacting kid’s ability to learn in school.
The roles of classroom and community in educating youth and shaping their image of themselves and the world (both positive and negative).
The criminalization of kids as early as elementary – introduction to police, suspension, truancy courts, alternative schools, CPS as a form of discipline and intimidation in school
II. Re-Building ME (You)
Manhood training (What it is and what it is not)
• Building character
• Respect for women
• Respect for authority
• Building character
III. Being Me (You)rself
New image of Yourself (Your own role model)
• Learning to believe in Self
• Learning to follow yourself
• Learning to love yourself
• Life Skills
• Anger Management
• Leadership Development
• Career assessment and support
• Job Placement
• Basic financial literacy
• Goal Setting
• Developing Healthy Habits
• Computer Literacy & Basic Coding
• Social Media (Being Responsible)
• Bystander Community CPR
• Hip Hop Therapy
We believe that it is not by chance that recreation and re-creation are spelled the same way. The re-creation process must be holistic. The mind, body, and spirit must all be worked on simultaneously. Exercise is a key component in the re-creating process.
There is an abundance of scientific evidence out there suggesting that spending 5 to 10 minutes with yourself in a quite place everyday is actually healthy for the mind and body. The world is filled with noise and distractions that block your ability to tap into your best you.
Find a mentor or a coach. You need to be around somebody who is better than you are and already successful in the areas where you lack or that you also want to be successful in. Surround yourself with great minds, so that you may become greater!
There is no difference between the person who can't read and the person who won't read! There should be time set aside everyday to improve yourself in some way. Pick up a book. Challenge the you in you. Rise above the limited expectations others have placed on you.
We believe that the saying is true: "garbage in, garbage out!" You will become what you spend the most time doing. It is suggested that you spend more of your time putting things into your head that are productive, life-sustaining, and life-giving and that will move you closer to your goals and not farther away.
We believe that your purpose in life should alway be to add value. Not only should you find a way everyday to be better, you should also be trying to figure out how to make those around you better. Service is the highest form of leadership and personal development.