YOUNG MASTERMINDS INITIATIVE

 
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Our Mission

The Young Masterminds Initiative is a program created by Mastermind Connect that promotes mentorship, leadership and positive self-awareness for our future generation.  This initiative creates unique experiences that cultivate the lives of our young men, emulating the Mastermind Connect pillars of resources, reciprocity and respect. Since May, 2017, we have engaged in great strategic partnerships, such as the NYC Urban Ambassadors program of The New York City Department of Education, and with the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services.

Mastermind Connect member and Vice President of External Relations & Special Projects at The Jackie Robinson Foundation, Ivo Philbert speaks about the life of Jackie Robinson.

Mastermind Connect member and Vice President of External Relations & Special Projects at The Jackie Robinson Foundation, Ivo Philbert speaks about the life of Jackie Robinson.

Why?

Growing up in today’s generation means having to be mentally prepared for many of life's challenges. These challenges can show through prejudices, judgments, discrimination and/or social rejection, causing feelings of insecurity that lead to low confidence and/or self-esteem. Unfortunately, our society has maintained outdated morals and values, which are negatively impacting our youth. These limiting ideals can be seen displayed across the spectrum of today's media; it's restricted perception continues to promote egotistical views, which translate to unhealthy behaviors among our youth and society.

 

OUR Programs

Breakfast of Champions

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The purpose of Breakfast of Champions is to expose the young men in this program to a variety of career options and opportunities, by curating panel discussions with accomplished professionals and influencers to introduce junior and high school students to dynamic individuals, ending with an open discussion with Q&A from the audience.

Each theme-based Breakfast of Champions event features 3-5 panelists, who are vetted professionals. Themes include the following:

  • Fitness and Wellness

  • Criminal Justice and Law

  • Marketing

  • Health Care

  • Technology

  • Film & Media

  • Finance

  • Social Media Influencers

 
 

Mastering Your Craft

Young men from the NYC Urban Ambassadors program after participating in a Beatmaking workshop with Amjad Khan

Young men from the NYC Urban Ambassadors program after participating in a Beatmaking workshop with Amjad Khan

In today’s information age, there is an importance in sitting with our youth to discuss their interests, desires and potential plans of action for their future. Our Mastering Your Craft program is an opportunity for our our members to meet with participants, showing  the way for participants to take ownership of their professional future, and providing them with tools to accomplish it.

Mastering Your Craft is a life skills development workshop coordinated by vetted professionals within various industries. Participants are provided with at least six workshops to choose from, ranging from“ Building the Next Snapchat,” to “Influencing the World Through Arts and Culture.” Groups are Composed of 5-10 Mentees, providing an intimate setting for optimal learning.

Mastermind + Masterbody

Marlon Briscoe conducts an outdoor bootcamp session

Marlon Briscoe conducts an outdoor bootcamp session

Mastermind + Masterbody is a workshop that focuses on helping young men become aware of the short and long term benefits of being self-aware of their wellness, and take better care of their minds and bodies.

Boot Camp

Our Mastermind Connect fitness experts hold boot camps focused on getting young men physically active and teaching them exercises to help boost confidence, stamina and flexibility.

Meditation & Sound Therapy

We teach young men the advantages of meditation which can help lower stress, assist in conflict resolution and help with creativity. A group meditation and manifestation circle, produced by Mastermind Connect member Omar Davis.

Camping to Connect

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Camping to Connect is an experiential learning and mentorship program that addresses the issue of nature deficiency in urban youth. We use outdoor-based recreation to instill self-reliance, healthy lifestyle choices, leadership, introspection and brotherhood.

For youth living in America’s inner cities, nature is hard to come by. Current research indicates that exposure to nature can have numerous physical, emotional and cognitive benefits for young people, including greater attention capacities, reduced stress levels, and improved self-esteem.

We teach them how to set up camp, prepare meals, and survive outdoors. Breakout sessions with mentors explore goal-setting and promote peer bonding. Fitness and urban farm workshops introduce healthy living habits. Campfire rituals, meditation and journal-writing invite personal reflection. Leaving by ferry the next day, the young men return changed and inspired. Learn more by visiting campingtoconnect.com


Sponsors and Partnerships

As we open other Mastermind Connect chapters in major US cities, we're looking to roll out our Young Masterminds Initiative nationwide. If you'd like the Young Masterminds Initiative at your school or youth organization, please contact us by completing the form below:


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