by Brother Jesse Muhammad
I confess: I am addicted to mentoring and speaking to youth. It brings me so much joy when I'm doing it because I know they are so in need of guidance and inspiration. We can't get tired of inspiring our youth. So every opportunity I get, I don't pass on speaking at schools. Yet it seems like most motivational speakers tend to overlook them. I'm closing out 2013 stronger than I started by hitting as many schools as possible before the holiday break in hopes of planting more seeds in the minds of students in Houston.
On December 5, I was honored to be a guest speaker at Missouri City Middle School for their annual career day. Myself and other presenters had an opportunity to inspire hundreds of young 8th graders. I spoke to multiple classes back to back on Purpose, Fear, the viral video about Sharkeisha, Self-Esteem, Branding You and Competing to Be the Best. I admit I got passionate. And every class I went to, after I finished, students would say "You're the realest speaker we've heard."
On December 12, I returned to Woodson Leadership Academy in Houston to address 1st-8th classes separately on youth leadership, purpose and more. The energy was high in the auditorium. These children are exposed to so much via television, phones and video games, that I did not have to mic down my talk for any particular grade level. After one of my talks, this beautiful Black girl pictured below asked me for my autograph. But I told her "It Would Be Better If I Got YOUR autograph!" She said, "You sure can Mr Muhammad"....love it!