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. The development of our youth is the responsibility of their predecessors.

This initiative seeks to create unique experiences that cultivates the lives of our young men and women. 

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 Unfortunately, our society has maintained outdated morals and values, which are negatively impacting our youth and elderly.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:

  • Technology
  • Film & Media
  • Finance
  • Social Media Influencers
  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Criminal Justice and Law
  • Marketing
  • Health Care

Mastermind Connect members participating in a panel at the Breakfast of Champions, with the NYC Urban Ambassadors program

As we open other Mastermind Connect chapters in major US cities, we're looking to roll out this initiative nationwide.

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 Mentors to meet with Mentees, showing  the way for Mentees to take ownership of their professional future, and providing them with tools to accomplish them . 

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Program Overview: Mastering Your Craft is a life skills development workshop coordinated by vetted professionals within various industries. Mentees have at least 6 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.

Young Masterminds Recognition Ceremony

The Young Masterminds Recognition Ceremony is an end-of-the-year event created to celebrate and recognize the growth of Mentees involved in the program. Both Mentors and Mentees will share their experiences of how the Young Masterminds program has improved their lives, and reflect on the lessons learned.

Young Masterminds: “The Reflection” Panel Discussion
Panels include 3-5 featured Mentors who have shown dedication to the Young Masterminds Initiative, along with 3-5 featured Mentees.
Young Masterminds Awards Ceremony
Certificates given to all participants
Five (5) Special Awards given to those students who have show extraordinary initiative, curiosity, and respect for their peers
Internship Meet and Greet
Business leaders who have participated in the Young Masterminds Initiative throughout the years provide internship opportunities for qualifying students going into the Summer vacation.

If you'd like the Young Masterminds Initiative at your school, please contact us by completing the form below:

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