Have you ever sat down with your kid and had a full blown conversation with them about their future? Have you ever asked your kid what they desire to be when they grow up? If so, you know just how big of an imagination the young people have.
So many youth and young people have big dreams of becoming successful. Now a days there’s such a variety of responses when you pose the question of “what do you want to be when you grow up.” Kids are making up in their mind that it’s cool to dream big and nothing’s too far fetched.
Whether the kids want to be a Dr, firefighter, builder, a music artist or a CEO, it’s our job as parents to believe in them first. We as parents should be focusing on their strengths and finding ways to invest in their interests. But how you may ask. And to your point, that’s a good question.
Our kids are indeed a valuable piece to our future. In fact, the truth is that they are our future. They are truly our future architects, business representatives, and care takers. After all, we won’t be young forever. Therefore it’s important that we begin to cater to our children and assist them in their personal development at a young age.
Okay so you may be thinking, “well it sounds good but how?” Well let me share some strategies that I feel help our households consistently create positive behavior and development.
Roles vs Relationships
Granted we, as parents have a role to play in our child’s life, it’s not just about the role as a mommy or a daddy. It’s also about the relationship we develop with our kids that matters most. Focus on developing a genuine relationship with your kids. Get to know your kid. Although you made them, respect them. Respect them in your language, in your tone, and even with their feelings. Displaying your love through healthy discussion will generally put them in a place where they will feel they can talk to you. Building trust is a must.
Date Your Kid
Spending time with your kid is essential in discovering their strengths. Set designated time aside specifically for them and if you have more than one kid, although family time is extremely important, taking each kid out individually is one thing that’s going to make a difference. Just think about it. All of your kids are different so being able to have one on one time not only builds trust but you will be able to tailor your support in ways that matter most when you can personally identify those sacred places.
Create Family Study Time
I personally find that creating family study time is extremely effective in getting to know your kid. Taking them to the library, community colleges, and local book stores in the area opens up their minds at a young age. Reading and studying together creates routine and helps your kids to structure their interests. By making book choices and allowing them to use quiet time productively gives them room for creativity. This works great and will give you an inside look at what your child likes and how they best express it.
Believe in Your Kid
As simple as is sounds, it’s important that your kids knows you are a person they can not only trust but look up to and be encouraged by. Yes, you have many roles to play but being their number one fan means the world to them. No matter how hard headed your child may be, begin to let them know that they will be great one day. Encourage your kid to shoot for the moon because they’re destined to land in the stars. There’s nothing that can stop your child’s greatness when they’re greatness is well kept up.
Kids dreams are like seeds and it’s up to us to water the plants in its early stages. Our kids have purpose and gifts that can reach well beyond our imagination if catered to properly. Our kids aren’t just our responsibility. They are our future and we have to do our best to treat them as such, keeping them involved in activities that ignite their creativeness. After all, they’re worth every bit of it.
Milwaukee’s own film maker, Shannon Jackson, is a young legend in the city on his way. As a filmmaker, photographer, artist, and CEO, creative is a word that speaks volumes to his mission. Shannon is the Founder of Jackson Inc, as well as Defining Aesthetics Media/Blog.
No matter the role, Shannon stands for creativity and puts emphasis on the need to be confident in who you are. He believes in authenticity and consistently promotes the need to be different, boldly. His mission is to impact and empower creatives to find their own lane.
Shannon is the host of the Creative Corner Podcast where he exposes creatives in the city about their creative process when it comes to their profession and even the techniques behind the madness of their success. As a man of God, it’s always been a passion for Shannon to help others whether through giving, arts, blogging, or critical conversations.
Shannon has spoken to kids several times and his number one tip is to never be afraid to be themselves. This is a message that millennials need to hear in this day and age. Many young people struggle with trying to fit into whatever society wants them to be rather than being confident in their extreme differences from one another.
“The world needs us,” Shannon says as he continues to discuss the need for creatives. “We make the world go around.” He explains.
Shannon pushes others to find their creative space because nothing was built without doing so. Anything that was built or invented, was developed in a creative space. Anything that becomes a trend was once a unique idea.
Shannon’s book, Finding Your Aesthetic, is a mini guide that he created for creatives to help them tap into their creative avenue. It gives insight on why finding your aesthetic is so important and how to maintain it as well.
During our interview, Shannon mentioned that the release of his book is coming this year and is sure to be a bestseller. It’s a quick read, with lots of tips for those who struggle finding their lane in the creative market.
I personally believe talks like this need to be had more and more in our city for many reasons. Sometimes it seems many people in Milwaukee prefer to dim their light to fit in rather than to proudly walk in their differences. Kids have a habit of following their peers to earn brownie points instead of gaining the confidence to boldly be them.
A message of authenticity is more than necessary in times like today. I personally agree with Shannon that creatives make the world go around. Innovation happens when creativity and strategy meet. Being creative is a must and in order to make it “okay” to be different, people need to see more people shamelessly doing them.
Thank you for your great works, Shannon. We need more people like you.
Dynamic New Program for 20 Creative Entrepreneurs in Memphis and the Mid-South
Several African American ambassadors of the program will be available for networking at the Open House and Panel Discussion
Memphis, TN (BlackNews.com) — ArtUp, an award-winning Memphis-based arts innovator in conjunction with Rutgers University-Newark Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED), announces the new Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program to further empower creatives to achieve business success. The Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program leverages a leading program of the Rutgers-Newark CUEED for artists and creatives with business education tools and entrepreneurial mentorship. This combination is producing options for longer-term business sustainability for artists, creatives and their communities.
“ArtUp reimagines the creative economy. The Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program will help transform the way artists work, from the gigging and part-time, starving artist to a thriving creative business owner and creative entrepreneur,” says Linda Steele, CEO of ArtUp. Lyneir Richardson, Rutgers-Newark CUEED Executive Director expressed, “Our intention in collaborating with ArtUp is to elevate creative people who operate in media, art and entertainment industries in Memphis. We aim to help creatives, (especially people of color) to become stronger entrepreneurs and property owners.”
ArtUp kicks off the Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program at their new location in the South Main Artspace, 138 St. Paul St., Suite 119. There will be two events:
The public is invited to the ArtUp Open House on Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 2pm – 4pm. Paul Thomas, ArtUp Artist in Residence, will reveal his provocative installation titled, “Imagined and Real: THREADS OF LIFE.” The public will be able to learn more about the Memphis Business Hub program and how creatives can participate. Refreshments will be provided by ArtUp Fellow Chef Eli Townsend as well as an opportunity for a special tour of the Artspace Loft units. Additionally, several ArtUp ambassadors and creative entrepreneurs will be available for networking, including:
* Angels and Tomboys, all-natural fragrance company of sister kidpreneurs funded by Daymond John and Mark Cuban from ABC’s Shark Tank.
* Tonya Dyson, unmistakable vocal Memphis music talent of NeoSoulsville, blending the heritage of gospel, jazz and R&B into a unique sound.
* Justin Merrick, Grammy-nominated artist who leads JMuse, non-profit focused on healing communities through arts and music.
The second event is a robust Creative Entrepreneurs’ Panel on Monday July 16, 2018, from 10am to noon. This panel will feature Memphis Business Hub ambassadors, business leaders from Memphis, Newark Hub alumni, and innovators who believe in the importance of the creative economy. Steele says, “We envision a working, progressive program combining necessary business skills with the vision and talent of artists and creatives, redefined to include chefs and seamstresses and graphic designers. There are no limits on creativity.”
The Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program is modeled on the success of the Newark Business Hub, established by Rutgers Business School CUEED in 2016. Creatives in the Memphis program will have access to business mentors and coaches, business classes, professional services, and business planning education. The Memphis program will recruit participants from across the city with a special focus on residents of the South Main Artspace Lofts.
Says Richardson, “In Newark, creatives are participating in noteworthy business ventures. They are at the forefront of inclusive equitable economic growth initiatives and are working to own property. We expect the participants in the Memphis Hub program to do the same.”
This new ArtUp program adds to the Memphis business canvass and further positions Memphis as a Regional leader for creative entrepreneurial success.
Media, journalists, and bloggers are invited to join us and schedule individual interviews by emailing [email protected]
ArtUp is an arts-based start-up and creative enterprise. ArtUp adds creative value to people, places, and communities. The mission is to invest in creative entrepreneurs to empower disinvested communities. The vision is to artup communities for the advancement of economic, social, and racial equity.
ArtUp and its signature initiative, the Fellowship, was incubated at the United Arts Fund, ArtsMemphis. ArtUp was founded in 2017 and is fiscally sponsored by Community LIFT. While at ArtsMemphis, The Fellowship received the 2016 Inaugural Robert E. Gard Award from Americans for the Arts and a 2016 and 2017 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. ArtUp is a 2017-18 member of NEW INC, the New Museum’s cultural incubator in New York, NY. ArtUp founded and operates the Orange Mound Gallery (OMG) in the first African-American neighborhood for home ownership. ArtUp hosts the podcast Artivism on the Kudzukian Network. For more information, visit www.WeArtUp.org or [email protected]
About Rutgers University-Newark
Rutgers University – Newark (RU-N) is a diverse, urban, public research university that is an anchor institution in New Jersey’s cultural capital. Nearly 13,000 students are currently enrolled at its 38-acre campus in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, University College, the Graduate School, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, the Rutgers Law School – Newark, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration. RU-N is exceptionally well positioned to fulfill higher education’s promise as an engine of discovery, innovation, and social mobility. It has a remarkable legacy of producing high-impact scholarship that is connected to the great questions and challenges of the world. It has the right mix of disciplines and interdisciplinary centers and institutes to take on those questions and challenges. It is in and of a city and region where its work on local challenges undertaken with partners from many sectors resonates powerfully throughout our urbanizing world. Most importantly, RU-N brings an incredible diversity of people to this work – students, faculty, staff, and community partners – making it more innovative, more creative, more engaging, and more relevant for our time and the times ahead. For more information, please visit www.newark.rutgers.edu
About Rutgers Business School Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED)
The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) integrates scholarly works with private capital, government, and non-profit sectors to bring renewed economic growth and vitality through urban entrepreneurship. The Newark Business Hub, a Rutgers CUEED program, is a networked accelerator dedicated to empowering media, arts and entertainment industry entrepreneurs who are focused on growing their business faster, better and stronger. For more information, visit www.business.rutgers.edu/cueed