According to the Gallup-HOPE Index, 46.8% of youth from families making less than $36,000 said that they get to use their imagination everyday at school, compared to 35.1% of youth from families earning $90,000 or more. And 50.6% of young people from low wealth families reported that at school they learn new ways to solve real problems, compared to 43% of youth from high earning families.
When you hear about black and brown young men in America, all too often you only hear about all of the negatives. Many of these things, unfortunately, are in fact true. The crime, the mayhem, the cynicism in this generation of youth, the eye popping high-school dropout levels. But there is another side of the story that is also true.
This challenged generation also have grossly unconsidered and untapped strengths. Strengths which are mostly unknown, and which go mostly untapped in our world. Things, such as their natural entrepreneurial energy.
Three prime examples of young people with natural, untapped and unrecognized strengths, include three young men who came into our family home late last year to do some work around the house. They viewed themselves at that time, unfortunately, as 'just workers.' I viewed them as a yet--unorganized business venture waiting to be born. One featuring themselves as OWNERS.
The challenge was getting them to see themselves, that way. To see themselves — as opportunity knocking, and opportunity waiting too.