YOUNG MASTERMINDS INITIATIVE
The Young Masterminds Initiative is a program created by Mastermind Connect that promotes mentorship, leadership and positive self-awareness for our future generation. The development of our youth is the responsibility of their predecessors.
This initiative seeks to create unique experiences that cultivate the lives of our young men and women.
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 Unfortunately, our society has maintained outdated morals and values, which are negatively impacting our youth and elderly. These limiting ideals can be seen displayed across the spectrum of today's media; it's restricted perception continues to promote egotistical views, which translates to unhealthy behaviors among our youth and society.
According to Civic Enterprises, in association with Hart Research Associates- In the US, more than one in three young people — an estimated 16 million — never had an adult mentor of any kind (structured or “naturally occurring”) while they were growing up. This population includes an estimated nine million at-risk youth, who will reach age 19 without ever having a mentor, and who are therefore less likely to graduate high school, go on to college, or lead healthy and productive lives.
Breakfast of Champions
As part of this initiative, we have partnered with The Office of Equity and Access of the New York City Department of Education, for their NYC Urban Ambassadors program. The purpose of the 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.
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
- Health Care
- Film & Media
- Social Media Influencers
Mastering Your Craft
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
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.
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 Joshua Dorfman.
Meet The Masters
A career panel discussion with various influencers to introduce junior and high school students to dynamic individuals, ending with an open discussion with Q&A from the audience.
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, please contact us by completing the form below: