Let’s change the World one community at a time. Pass success to the next generation! Life is a sport, and we’re just getting warmed up!
Gardere, Louisiana is a high-poverty, high-crime neighborhood and there are needs for youth development programs. Gardere Youth Alliance was born from the heart of coaches providing care and support (through sports) for at-risk youth that are looking for structure and direction. We at C.A.R.E. Foundation are excited that through our focused character building and workforce development training we can help youth strive to build better futures.
Of course, the way a team plays as a whole determines its overall success. With that understanding it’s clear that sports will always be sports and talent will always be talent–but the right mindset of those individuals to conform as a team has the ingredient of success. The ingredient for our Sports Character Program is for success in life though sports and training.
As coaches, we determine the kind of experience our young athletes have. Now we can extend our reach both off the field and court. We are thankful to have this opportunity to make a difference in the example set by young athletes today. We look forward to implementing to the principles of SEL Athletics and making a difference in the world on child at a time.
The C.A.R.E. Foundation looks forward to working with Gardere Youth Alliance.
~John Westly Stewart (Founder & CEO)
I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that? ~Soledad O’Brien
Our youth are learning that they have to empower themselves in order to be relevant to any type of struggle. We give them the tools and the opportunities. It’s amazing what we do at The C.A.R.E. Foundation. ~John Westly Stewart, CEO, The C.A.R.E. Foundation
And in my own life, in my own small way, I’ve tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. That’s why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities. Because I believe that each of us – no matter what our age or background or walk of life – each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation. ~Michelle Obama
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. ~Bill GatesFor my brothers it was easy to think about the future. They can be anything they want. But for me it was hard and for that reason I wanted to become educated and empower myself with knowledge. ~Malala Yousafzai
One of my core values is to help redefine what it means to be a strong and beautiful woman in the music and fashion worlds and to empower the wonderful things that make us unique. ~Janelle Monae
You have to enable and empower people to make decisions independent of you. As I’ve learned, each person on a team is an extension of your leadership; if they feel empowered by you they will magnify your power to lead. ~Tom Ridge
The six local adolescents from Baton Rouge, LA founded AnyLoom with a goal to build a gymnasium for underserved youth. This ambitious group took the image of a typical entrepreneur and turned it on its ear with the single idea of selling looms.
At Anyloom, a team weaves miniature colored rubber bands on a hand-operated device to create custom bracelets, lanyards and key chains.
“I thought of the idea [to make looms] standing in my kitchen,” said 13-year-old Kiara Brumfeild.
Kiara is the company’s director of finance. She and her team presented their business idea to their long-time mentor, John Westly Stewart, knowing he would an interest in their newly founded business endeavor.
“When I was coming up we had resources like the YMCA that came into the community,” recalls John Westly Stewart, CEO and Founder of The C.A.R.E. Foundation.
The C.A.R.E. Foundation, whose acronym stands for: Career, Academics, Recreation and Exposure has been a resource for youth, parents and educators. Mr. Stewart has always had the passion for academic learning, sports and recreation, and entrepreneurship.
It was Mr. Stewart’s early childhood experiences led him to establish C.A.R.E., a non-profit organization that provides career development services to young adults. Stewart runs the foundation with longtime friend and Co-Founder, Daniel Smith. Under the foundation’s guidance, AnyLoom is learning business expertise and life skills.
Brianna Alexander, 12, is the manager of materials and says that in her role she quickly learned that good attitudes equal good sales. The teams’ positive attitudes have translated into impressive earnings at their first major sales event, a vendor’s fair in Tyler, Texas.
Over the next few years AnyLooms’ goals are to polish their business plan and expand their product line.
Read more about how C.A.R.E. supports and youth entrepreneurship.