Young Athletes Lead by Example: Sports Character 101

the care foundation and gardere youth alliance

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.
sportsmanshipOf 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)


Youth Are Gearing Up For a Professional Online Presence!


At the C.A.R.E. Foundation we take our Career Workshops (Youth Career Conference 2015) seriously and work on what the need is. No question, having a strong and positive online presence is great for anyone ready to get our in the work world. Here’s what we found regarding one to the best social media platforms for professionals on their career path.

Let’s talk about LinkedIn. LinkedIn is not just good for business, but branding, too. Your LinkedIn profile is one of the most effective ways to position yourself in business or as a professional ready to take on the world! With any online profile, it must be clear, relevant and up to date with what’s happening in your career for professional life. I know, where do we start, right? Just consider three elements to pull from — Social Networking, Relevant Sharing and a Polished Consistency — now you can create that awesome online profile!

Social Networking

Use your existing online network to expand your social-media followers. The first thing to do is to let people that already love you know you’re here! Message or call family, friends, or co-workers and ask them to connect with you and you’ll follow them back. Your closest network already genuinely want you to succeed, so they’ll be your most passionate crowd. Engage them online and you can start building a firm foundation to connect with new people.

Relevant Sharing.

Content sharing, that is! Most LinkedIn users want to further their careers and professional brand image, too! Turn your LinkedIn profile into a resource for your network. Give away engaging, and interesting content they can utilize. e.g. career tips, or business insights relevant to them.

Polished Consistency.

People connect with people. When possible have professional photos done for your profile. You’ll be surprised and the new interest level taken when you present yourself and all your postings in a polished way. Be sure to have a steady flow of informative posts so people would have a reason to keep coming back to your profile. Being viewed as a resource that has value is an achievement, too! At our Career Workshop we brought in a professional photographer and had all the young professionals and entrepreneurs head-shots taken. It all came out quite nice-don’t you think?

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Young Entrepreneurs Create Revenue to Fund Local Recreation Center


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.
youth-careers-successThe 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.

C.A.R.E. Chief Academic Specialist Honored as Teacher of the Year

teacher of the year

Congratulations to Megan Gibson our C.A.R.E. Chief Academic Specialist for earning St. Helena Parish Elementary School Teacher of the Year. All Greensburg, LA is cheering for you and so are we. All your hard work is paying off! #IAMMOTIVATION

Baton Rouge is Celebrating Young Entrepreneurs Success at MVP Barbers


“My advice to the young entrepreneurs out there is never to simply accept defeat in the face of odds. Create a well thought out plan and challenge any negative forces with strong resilience, self-confidence and gratitude.” ~John Westly Stewart, CEO

mvp-barbers-youth-careersWe support ‪#‎MVPbarbersGonzales‬ at MVP Barbers in Baton Rouge, LA. The C.A.R.E. Foundation is looking forward to sharing their stories of success! We love supporting young entrepreneurs on their success path. We all had such a great time at the MVP Barbers Grand Opening we just had to post another picture.

See you soon and have a successful day!

Special thanks to delmar_dabarber at MPV Barbers for representing with your C.A.R.E. T-Shirt on instagram. Very professional, Sir!

Show you support for Baton Rouge youth entrepreneurship and academic success with your next T-Shirt purchase today!


Empower the Person, Empower the World

No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.
Booker T. Washington

Guys teaching guys how to tie at Claflin University, Louisiana. We are dressing for success and so grateful for the opportunity to get our message out at the UNCF EmpowerMe Tour 2014! Empower the Person Impact the World. #IAMMOTIVATIONS

#iammotivation-empowerme-tourJoin us in 2015! The C.A.R.E Foundation will be that The UNCF Empower Me Tour!


C.A.R.E. Triumphs at The Triumph Kitchen


The Triumph Kitchen of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a wonderful non-profit education venue and mastermind of Chef Chris Wadsworth. The Triumph Kitchen is serving as a training facility for at risk youth in learning culinary, hospitality and life-skills to build successful futures. We at the C.A.R.E. Foundation appreciate all the hard work you do!

Today we learned about the multitude of ways we learn and comprehend.  Your learning style can be helpful in improving your grades and life. People learn in many ways, like seeing, hearing, and experiencing things first hand. What’s your style? #IAMMOTIVATION

The Triumph Kitchen

Location: 1120 Government St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Ruby Bridges Speaks at Baton Rouge, LA Elementary School


Thank you, Ruby Bridges!

Thank you, Ruby Bridges!

Ruby Bridges came to speak at our school(St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy) today in St. Helena Parish, LA. If you don’t know who she is, she helped integrate the South by being the first black student to attend an all white elementary school in New Orleans, LA in 1960. She was a first grader just like the kids I teach.

Loved hearing the event from her point of view. How she didn’t understand the hatred. She just wanted a friend. She didn’t care how they looked. All the kids were so quiet. Listening. I have never seen a gym full of kids so attentive. These are our signed books! #IAMMOTIVATION

  Meagan Gibson

    Chief Academic Specialist

    The C.A.R.E. Foundation at Baton Rouge, LA

Find out more about Ms. Ruby Bridges Foundation today!

Gardere Youth Alliance and The C.A.R.E. Foundation Celebrating Champions!

Gardere Youth Alliance of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is committed to supporting inner city children in their athletic and academic endeavors.
At The C.A.R.E. Foundation., the Social Emotional Learning Athletics™ (SEL Athletics™ or Social Emotional Learning) program uses sports  and sports character programs as the vehicle to assist youth in learning life skills such as identifying their feelings, being responsible, managing their emotions, showing empathy, respecting others, setting goals, as well as an appreciation for cultural diversity. If kids are confident decision makers, caring problem solvers, and competent relationship builders, they will be more successful academically, lead more successful overall lives, and be able to become positive contributors in their communities.

Never forget that having good sportsmanship and character is playing like the rules were meant for you, and you alone. It’s knowing we are only as a good as we were yesterday, and whether we win or lose: we always give 100 percent.
Congratulations to everyone and we look and we’re excited and ready to go with our Sports Character Workshops”! #IAMMOTIVATION

Find out more: Gardere Initiative volunteers focus on children