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Description of Services

Description of Services

The U2NL Youth Center will provide social and recreational services intended for youth age 6-12 in a handicap assessable facility. The facility will be designed to house the following activities:

  • Early Birds Program (members will access to services beginning at 6:30 am)
  • Let’s Dance (Open space for members to learn all forms of dance)
  • On Your Mark Get Set Go Fitness Club (Physical fitness activities such as yoga, aerobic/calisthenics, Zumba, boot camp,).
  • Kicking it in Karate School – Teaching members the physical and mental discipline of martial arts
  • The Winners Circle Game Room (Technology and Board Games)
  • Tech KnowledGe lab (Members will have the opportunity to use technology for learning and creative activities)
  • Book Worm Club (Reading, writing and poetry clubs)
  • Art Is Room (Arts and Crafts activities)
  • Lab Coats Science Room
  • The Filling Station Nutrition Nook Center ( a small cooking/kitchen are , plus kitchen supply room, where students will get the opportunity to learn the benefits of nutrition plus access to lunch and snacks).
  • Etiquette and Leadership Clubs (Young Men Rising and Emerging Young Ladies)
  • Student Have Opinions (SHO) youth video/documentary club

Description of U2NLl

Description of Upgrade 2 Next Level Youth Center Activities

The U2NL Youth Center will provide social and recreational services intended for youth age 6-12 in a handicap assessable facility. The facility will be designed to house the following activities:

  • Early Birds Program (members will access to services beginning at 6:30 am)
  • Let’s Dance (Open space for members to learn all forms of dance)
  • On Your Mark Get Set Go Fitness Club (Physical fitness activities such as yoga, aerobic/calisthenics, Zumba, boot camp,).
  • Kicking it in Karate School – Teaching members the physical and mental discipline of martial arts
  • The Winners Circle Game Room (Technology and Board Games)
  • Tech KnowledGe lab (Members will have the opportunity to use technology for learning and creative activities)
  • Book Worm Club (Reading, writing and poetry clubs)
  • Art Is Room (Arts and Crafts activities)
  • Lab Coats Science Room/ STEM Project room,
  • The Filling Station Nutrition Nook Center ( a small cooking/kitchen are , plus kitchen supply room, where students will get the opportunity to learn the benefits of nutrition plus access to lunch and snacks).
  • Etiquette and Leadership Clubs (Young Men Rising and Emerging Young Ladies)
  • Student Have Opinions (SHO) youth video/documentary club

 

The Problem or Solution

“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

by Colin Powell

Do you consider yourself a leader?  What if you substitute soldiers for children, family members, friends, coworkers or community members will you still be considered a leader? When  you change the words soldier to a person who may need your leadership, you might discover that you are not the leader you think you are. 

Eldridge Cleaver stated ‘There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.” So think about it; when problems arise are people coming to you for guidance? If not, you may either be the problem or maybe part of it.

by Mike wilson

dedicated to the leaders inside of you.

Words Unspoken

In my mind thoughts run wild flowing like a stream undeterred by the reality of what’s happening in the world outside of my cranium.

These thoughts will never touch my lips but will alter my heart pulsating like blood through my veins.

Words to never be spoken yet evident by the posture of my body, head down, shoulders slumping under the weight of these heavy thoughts.

The only release is when pen touches paper providing a passage to freedom from this burden of unrelenting thoughts held captive in my brain. Finally set free to be interpreted by others morphing into meanings that give birth to a different consciousness of my words never spoken.

By Mike Wilson

Dedicated to those who speak volumes in silence

Life’s Classroom

Life is a classroom, God is the headmaster
Days are our subjects with experiences that matter

Everyone’ s a teacher with life lessons for us to learn

Likewise we teach others our unique stories in return

By sharing your hardships, pain and strife
You not only Teach your story
you enrich a life

Its better to be in attendance of life’s classroom
Than to die or to dropout of this school to soon

For God will determine if you pass or fail
So learn good lessons for heaven,  or bad ones for hell

All the lessons you’ve learned you’ll take to the grave
But the lessons you teach is how legacies are made

 
By Mike Wilson
Dedicated to those who are living a legacy of grace
 

Fake It Till You Make it

“To thine own self be true,” says Poloniius in Hamlet…

We’ve all have heard the saying, “fake it till you make it.” This advice is intended for situations when you feel like you don’t belong or if you are not sure what to do. So, during times of uncertainty, I began to fake till I made it. But I didn’t stop there, I kept on faking it until I began to create it. Then I kept going until I faked it till I became it

Then suddenly I realized I was nothing more than a big fake. I lost myself and gave up my true identity to fit in and be accepted. I learned that faking has a multiplicity effect, creating illusions of what is assumed to be desired versus what is real.

As a result, now I give this advice, “whenever you have to fake it to make it,” you have two choices: 1. choose to do something else or 2. choose to be something else.
By Mike Wilson

Dedicated to those what remain true to themselves

How do you see me?

How do you see me?
Do you see me in a cap and gown
Or do you see me with pants sagging down
 
Do you see me as with the potential for success
or do you see me as nothing special, just like the rest
 
Do You see me treating you with respect
Or do you see me matching the description of the usual suspect
 
Do you see me with a happy ending like in the fairy tales
or do you see me serving life in a prison cell
 
Do you see me married to your daughter
or do you see me as a molesting stalker
 
It’s very important how you see me

because your perceptions and behavior reflects you sensibility
 
So before you judge let’s have a rational discussion
and put an end to all of these stereotypical assumptions
 
Now take a hard look and tell me how do you see me?

By Mike Wilson

Dedicated to those who work to make the world a more accepting of the differences of others  

Life After This

God is preparing you for life after this
No matter the hardships at all times persist
Stay strong in your faith and always believe
Your heaviest burdens God will relieve
I know there are people who will treat you wrong
And the darkest hours seem very long
But you’ ll feel God’s presence, love, and grace
When you share a smile or heartfelt embrace
Dealing with stress makes it difficult to see
How successful and blessed God intends life to be
A future that bright and full of the best
Awaits you as Gods helps you get over this!

By Mike Wilson

Dedicated to those who have faith for a brighter day

Do More

There is no adult living that can not do more than he or she thinks they can

Henry Ford

 

Ain’t too proud to beg

One of the most powerful phrases we can hear from a person we respect is “I’m proud of you.” With the exception of “I love you,” there are few words we can hear that increases our self-worth and pride than having a person who influences us be proud. Ironically, when we become self-absorbed because of our success, we are in danger of becoming too prideful.
 
When our ego starts to focus on pleasing ourselves oppose to fulfilling our purpose, our pride gives us a false sense of privilege and entitlement. We start to believe we deserve recognition even if nothing has been accomplished. Our main desire becomes to appear impressive to others oppose to seeking self-improvement.
 
Too much pride also makes us fear failure, refuse to try unfamiliar things, or take risk. We become afraid of getting our feelings hurt or looking bad in front of others. We worry more about our skeptics instead of appreciating our true believers. Being to prideful hampers our willingness to ask for help or guidance from others who are better than us in endeavors we seek to master. Consequently, we limit our involvement to only activities that can easily be accomplished; which is nothing to be proud of.
 
When we no longer engage in activities that we can be proud of our fragile ego becomes threatened by the efforts of others. We begin to display negative behavior such as being highly critical, jealous, and or participate in gossip. Our envy and fear inhabits our ability to create positive relationships.
 
What we forget is without the risk of failure or attempts to improve oneself and our community, there is nothing to be proud of? Pride is earned when we accomplish things others didn’t think was possible for us to do. When we attempt difficult task with humility and for the divine purpose of fulfilling our calling, we discover a sense of satisfaction for doing a job well done. The time has come for us to take pride in all things we do, which in turn will make others proud.
 
As for me, I’m not too proud to seek knowledge from others for growth.  I’m not too proud to help others who are struggling with an endeavor I may have some skill. I’m not too proud to tell my children how much I am proud of them for a sincere effort no matter the outcome. I’m not too proud to learn from my mistake and say I am sorry. I’m not too proud to pray or beg for an opportunity that makes me proud of myself; but more importantly proud of others.
 
By Mike Wilson
Dedicated to those who have  real reasons to be proud of and for something/someone.