Building and sustaining a community is more than just talking the talk. You also have to walk the walk. There are various resources in the community itself and sometimes the vessel (Person) becomes the resource.
As a resident of Jersey a few years ago, I saw the disadvantages of some of the youth living in certain areas. I have also experienced it in living in Ohio. My motto is literacy can light many pathways, encourage many people, and help people overcome certain circumstances.
My experience with youth led me to creating a video regarding Tools in Building and Sustaining A Community for the present and future. Below I outline the meaning of each.
Inspire- Inspire people by doing what you love. Inspiration is often passed on directly or indirectly. You never know the lives you are changing simply by living in your purpose.
Build- Build up youth and the community. Help people see their abilities and transform negatives into positives. Sight is often amplified when blinders are taken off and blind spots are revealed.
Support – Support others by participating in programming, donating, or offering ways to promote their mission. A community is about helping each other.
Encourage – Encourage youth and adults to pursue their passions. There are so many lessons learnt in this process. This can teach people to keep going, never give up, or maybe this is just a phase. Who knows what the outcome will be. You never know until you try.
Educate- As stated above, literacy can light many pathways, encourage many people, and help people overcome certain circumstances. Find ways to educate yourself about easy things and hard to understand information. Remember, if you need help, ask someone who will help you understand this information.
Feel free to watch the video below and leave a comment