Hello Friends! Welcome to our new website. It may seem like an obvious step in this three year journey, but this was a major DIY project and it took me some time. I launched a senior and we got her through the college app process only to be doing it again since she opted for a gap year, of which I am now a big fan. That is one down, but now I have two more to go in the next two years! All the more reason to shift gears, so here I am. Because this is a leadership program for youth I want to practice what we’ve learned and what I believe… that anything is possible in today’s marketplace and entrepreneurship is a something everyone should embrace, even in the most traditional job. Why? Because I believe that entrepreneurs are lifelong learners that are always searching out new skills and tackling new challenges, even in traditional settings, and there is a lot to learn in today’s marketplace! The world is changing so fast and we must stay relevant. Never before has there been so much access to information and technology. There are no limits to what you can do, build, or accomplish right from a home computer, and it was just a short time ago that home computers weren’t even in existence. Now we have them in our hand!
Entrepreneurial projects teach beyond the skill you are learning. I am amazed at what this website project has taught me. I realize how much we live in a 3D interdependent world where everything is connected. Not only did I create a website, but I also learned the value of linking to Facebook (and I am working on fixing the broken link on Instagram where I was hacked), getting followers (yes, you are invited), linking to affiliate material (soon to come), and how to set up mass distribution emails to reach a large audience with one click. And I am sure there are things I haven’t learned and new features that will be introduced tomorrow! I feel like I have just completed a school project, but the great news is that it’s a project I want to do! Don’t worry, there were plenty of school projects I had to slug through that bored me, but getting to do this makes it all worthwhile. You students have a lot of great opportunities to invest in areas that interest you today! You don’t have to wait for college graduation. My encouragement, find something that interests you that is a bit challenging so you feel accomplished in the end and have a deliverable you care about. It could be learning a new technology or app, discovering a meaningful use for social media, or simply picking a passion and documenting it on Instagram, food, photos, fashion, sports. I love the one minute a day video my daughter is doing while on her gap year. It is a great way to document the experience and share the highlights. Who knows, it could lead her toward a career in the future if she makes a personal connection with the project.
The Urban Leadership Institute was a hobby that is now becoming a career focus. It led me to a new skill that is turning into a job. Having a passion for students to find a career path that is authentic to them, I decided to get trained in a Career Assessment tool. Just today I finished a lengthy training to administer this comprehensive report (I encourage you to take it). And I learned it all on my home computer with a group from around the world.
To embrace entrepreneurship is to take ownership of your career path. As I led this program, I am excited to experience the same opportunities that are available today for our students. There are no limitations; intelligence, age, or appearance. There is a level playing field to the endless opportunities that await and I invite you to join the journey with me as I learn, grow and discover how to unlock youth potential in todays culture through the Urban Leadership Institute because that is what I am passionate about! Believing the Best, Cristin