With the increased violence and crime in our city, involving and against the youth, it is clear it’s a war on our future leaders of tomorrow. I didn’t hesitant to attend this event to shine light on the young people, and those who work with them to help change the narrative. The Movers And Shakers Youth Summit was put on by Shavon Perkins, Kenyata King and a host of others, taking place at Saint Paul Mke Church. The event which took place this past Saturday, was designed to highlight young entrepreneurs, educate aspiring ones, and provide recourses on how to stay productive I’m the community . “We made so many mistakes financially as adults, because we were not properly educated.” Said Perkins when I asked her motivation for The event. Speakers ranged from non profit owners, stock market gurus, and many others as the place was packed filled with bright eyed young adults. As far as the future, the organizers plan to collaborate with another champion for the youth, Laneice McGee, on a 6 week course. Thank you to all who continued to invest in our youth.
Motivational speaker and author, Orlando Ceaser’s, new book uses art to tackle hot topics. The Grass Is the First to Go is ten one-act plays with a discussion guide to stimulate thought and spirited conversations. Their controversial nature and provocative content is written to inspire and jolt people to sit down and talk.
The news is filled with stories on crime, gun violence, mass incarceration, Black Lives Matters, #MeToo, sexual harassment, injustice and gentrification. Schools, businesses and other organizations confront morality, racial identity, unconscious bias and stereotypes. There is a need for resources to increase engagement and interactive problem-solving. The Grass Is the First to Go can be staged or read aloud in small groups to help create dialogue, solutions and action plans. They can help groups break down walls and build understanding about diversity and inclusion.
Am I Black Enough? is a play about the struggle in communities when people within the same group have their cultural and racial identity challenged by their own. The signature play, The Grass Is the First to Go, speaks to the lack of stewardship and the failure to value life, opportunity and resources. I Protest, was inspired by young people in the Black Lives Matter Movement. These brave and vocal souls stand up for justice and equality and against hypocrisy and injustice. My Life Defined, begs the question, what does it say about our lives if our pursuit of pleasure, self-indulgences and selfishness direct our behavior toward matters that do not address the major inequities of our times?
Orlando Ceaser is a writer, professional speaker, thought leader and voiceover specialist. He spent his first career as a business executive in the pharmaceutical industry. He has over 30 years of experience in sales, management, training, diversity, marketing, leadership and personal development. He aspires to entertain, educate and inspire people to unlock their leadership greatness to reach their dreams.
Mr. Ceaser advises students, parents and employees to become Impact Players in school, work and in their communities. Impact players are individuals who are prominent and dominant in their fields. They are the game changes who improve performance through their actions. Mr. Ceaser achieves this objective through key note addresses, workshops, spoken word CD’s and books.
Mr. Ceaser has presented to prisoners and those responsible for ministering to them. He presents two decision making models; The Know System™ and The Objection Model – The Art of Refusal™. These models guide users to make decisions consistent with their faith and value systems. Mr. Ceaser is the author of twelve books including Unlock your Leadership Greatness, Leadership above the Rim, The Isle of Knowledge, Look for the Blessing and Leadership Greatness through High Performance Poetry. His blog, www.myozonelayer.com focuses on management, motivation and leadership. For more information, please visit www.OrlandoCeaser.com.