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Steve Mills

What programs are available to youth to prepare them for stepping into the world of adulthood?

Posted Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 11:45 AM
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  • One program that my group Rippavilla Brigade is working on, is a younger version of reenacting where in addition to the other activities we will teach money management,how to conduct yourself in public,public speaking,teamwork,citizenship,being involved in the community,the lost art of communication and anyother aspects that present themselves.We have noticed several issues amongst the youth while doing events for the public and feel we need to step up our game to make a difference.It's amazing how many young people are unable to communicate or even do something as simple as changing a tire.

    -- Posted by beau maverick on Wed, Apr 19, 2017, at 1:29 PM
  • Kudos to you, Mr Maverick. Most people only complain, and do nothing.Be sure and let us know if ya'lls efforts come to fruition.

    I have been a volunteer coach for ... lets just say a career measured in decades... because I feel like the sports programs in the schools do provide that missing piece in education. Certainly the sports when I was in school had a lot to do with me writing this from the comfort of a home, rather than some prison cell (smiley face).

    In sports, they are placed in a situation where there are winners, and losers. Which of those they are is greatly dependent on putting in the hard work, and performing in coordination with other members of a team. They see the real world, in that everything is not "fair." Some people have the advantage of more natural talent. But, ultimately, what we do with our talent determines the success we achieve. In an ideal situation, they are exposed to both success and failure, because there is something to be learned from each. I believe that sports fills in the pieces that are missing in a purely academic education. The fact that participation in sports is part of the resume of so many successful people and community leaders supports this belief. I only regret that the practice of consolidating into ever larger schools eliminates this opportunity for so many of the kids. If I was going to "fix" our schools, the first thing I would do is limit every school to an enrollment of 500 or less.

    It was due to this belief that I chose to direct my post-retirement career into a way for high school athletes to raise funds for their programs. The money generated for those programs does not come in the form of a gift. Nor is it a result of selling some "product" which I have always seen as something close to just begging for money. The programs that I raise money for, the kids have to work for what they get. I sort of think that connection is an important one to make.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Thu, Apr 20, 2017, at 7:55 AM
  • That is an interesting way to ,ix history with everyday practical skills Beau. If I can help talk tat up some, please call on me?

    The lessons taught in team sports is often missed. Somewhat more individual sports like track, golf, tennis, etc., teach perseverance, practice, dedication to succeed, etc. and there is a team aspect of that as well.

    Can you elaborate more on the "earning" of money for their programs lazarus?

    If I respond slow to this post, I am not getting my email notifications again, or getting them VERY delayed. My apologies.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 20, 2017, at 4:33 PM
  • Well said for both of you.I am glad to see others wanting to make a difference.I would like to extend a invitation to a local event we are doing in Arrington on April 29 and 30.It's a event where the organizers are wanting to get the public involved.I would also like to sit down with both of you and talk about ideas and ways we can make a difference.

    -- Posted by beau maverick on Thu, Apr 20, 2017, at 11:46 PM
  • Beau, if you can send me a link or more information, I would be glad to make a post of its' own. Gets better attention that way.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 21, 2017, at 8:59 AM
  • Steve,I posted a picture of the advertisement for the Triune event.We encourage and welcome everyone to attend.I also hope to get some local events going in our county.It's about getting everyone involved and making a difference.I posted it on the Weed em Facebook page.One thing I'd like to share is a new unit that I am forming up,our goal is to do a enlistment and charter like the actual unit did in Shelbyville in 1863.One of the other goals is to develop a program educating and teaching about 1860's farm life.

    -- Posted by beau maverick on Sat, Apr 22, 2017, at 12:58 AM
  • Thanks Beau. I was starting to enjoy and rely upon getting the email notifications when someone posted, but alas, they have disappeared again.

    I grabbed the photo and will use it in my next post.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Apr 24, 2017, at 1:56 PM
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