Updated: Dec 8, 2021
What happens when an eager group of young college students gather on a Friday morning for a workshop on leadership? Nothing but fun! That was my experience in October 2019, at Alabama State University (ASU) in Montgomery, Alabama. It was an honor for me to engage with an amazing group of 15 emerging leaders who serve as mentors in the ASPIRE after school enrichment program located on the campus of ASU. ASPIRE, under the leadership of Mrs. Cynthia J. Handy, Director, partners with Montgomery Public Schools to encourage students to stay in school and foster college-preparatory academic success.
Funding provided by a grant from The Center for Educational Opportunity at Albany State University, Albany Georgia, Dr. Kathaleena Edward Monds, Founding Director, provides me the opportunity to work with the ASPIRE program. Four (4) of the ASPIRE mentors will serve as BuildingLeaders Ambassadors. The Ambassadors will deliver a leadership training program to a group of middle to 12th grade students in the ASPIRE program.
Using the leadership development model created through my teaching and research, and documented in my book, FOCUS in ACTION is Great Leadership, I am building a wholistic life success curriculum targeted to middle and high school students (6th – 12th grade boys and girls) in fragile communities in urban and rural populations. The curriculum goal is to assist young learners in developing and practicing personal leadership and professionalism skills in order to form habits of excellence that will lead to life-long success through economic stability and growth, self-sufficiency, entrepreneurial mindset, and generational wealth.
“The beauty of Dr. White’s model is the wholistic approach to personal development—a life experience based on spiritual, physical, social, emotional, academic and financial well-being,” stated Mrs. Handy.