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Re-branding

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We are re-branding!

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Essentials 2014

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 00:00

“ESSENTIAL” Annual Youth Charity Event Coming in February 2014

OutchaMind Inc. Partners with American Friends Service Committee to “Change Ya Mind!”

Monday, 22 April 2013 00:00

OutchaMind Inc.  Partners with American Friends Service Committee to “Change Ya Mind!”

Organizations Form Partnership to Celebrate, Encourage and Engage Youth

 

October 1, 2012—Atlanta, GA—As part of its 2012-2013 “Change Ya Mind!” Campaign to “Celebrate, Encourage and Engage Our Youth”—OutchaMind Inc. has partnered with the Atlanta Chapter of American Friends Service Committee to provide much-needed space for its youth-focused programs and activities.  The 2012-2013 “Change Ya Mind” Campaign brings people, organizations, businesses and schools together to encourage youth to push their limits and see just how much they can achieve and how far they can go—to “Change Ya Mind and Change thier life” by exceeding expectations.  

 

The campaign, which runs from October 1, 2012 to October 1, 2013, is designed to celebrate the positive aspects of youth in the Greater Atlanta metropolitan area; encourage them to continue to grow and develop and engage them through stimulating activities and new partnerships.

 

“We are extremely excited to welcome American Friends Service Committee as a partner in our efforts to celebrate, encourage and engage our youth in the community,” said William Johnson, Executive Director of OutchaMind Inc. “The use of their facility to house our workshops, mentorship and leadership programs, activities and events makes a huge difference in our ability to provide services to more kids in the area.”

 

A recurring theme throughout the campaign will be to create new approaches, partnerships, activities and events that changes lives by  “Change Ya Mind!”—thinking outside the box and going “Outcha Mind” to move beyond the present and probable to examine what’s possible, and the partnership of these two organizations is an embodiment of the spirit of the campaign.

 

A 501c3, nonprofit organization headquartered in Conyers, GA, OutchaMind, Inc. has been providing youth-focused mentorship, leadership and development programs since 2006.  The number of youth desiring to participate in their programs has steadily grown over the past six years, and new, expanded space was needed to house their programs.  The partnership with American Friends Service Committee provides the use of meeting and classroom space and is just one example of how different partnerships and relationships can be formed for the overall benefit of the youth in the community.

 

American Friends Service Committee is a nonprofit organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world.  Their work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.  The Atlanta office is the Regional Headquarters for the Southeast Region and hosts the Peace and Conflict Resolution Project in addition to several peace and justice non-profit organizations.  Visit www.afsc.org for additional information about the organization, its programs and services.

 

For complete details on OutchaMind, Inc., the “Blow Ya Mind!” Campaign to Celebrate, Encourage and Engage Youth and to discover how you can join in, please visit www.outchamind.com.      

Journey to Success

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 00:00
Michael's Story
Journey to Success
 
The most rewarding aspect of the OutchaMind programs is the outcome of the mentees involved. At a No Limits-No Boundaries meeting in November, Michael Ward-Evans, a senior at Stone Mountain High School and two-year member of OutchaMind, gave a speech to his peers sharing what he learned through the program.


He began by quoting Aristotle, “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” When asked why this particular quote jumped out at him Ward-Evans responded, “It just hit me as him saying even though there may be chaos and uproar around you, if you can just stay focused…on your goal…no matter what’s going on aroundyou, you still will succeed.”

This has been the case for Ward-Evans.  He always knew he wanted to go to college and with it being his last year of high school, he has been working towards achieving that goal.  He’s applied to Louisiana State University, Hampton University, Georgia State University, West Georgia University, and St. John’s University. 

Founder of OutchaMind, William Johnson recalls Ward-Evans wearing a LSU jacket claiming his strong desire to one day attend.  He recently was accepted into both LSU and Hampton; an accomplishment that the entire organization as well as Ward-Evans’ family is extremely proud of. 

Johnson remembered meeting Ward-Evans when he was “introverted and kind of shy.  And now he’s standing in front of other people and he’s talking. This is a major transition for a young man who was once, as most adolescents, unsure of what direction he wanted to go.  Now he’s headed to the college that he always dreamed of attending."

Ward-Evans reflected on some of the lessons he learned in NoLimits-No Boundaries training.  In Series One he learned the principles that taught im the importance of strong character.  In Series Two he learned how to effectively communicate through Toastmaster sessions and to prepare business plans.

Based upon a skills assessment, Ward-Evans confirmed his interests lie in science and engineering. He plans on majoring in a relative program with along with a goal to be able to help others.  “Even if I don’t know them I want to be able to help and teach those the principles to my children and grandchildren.”

With aspirations so high, passion, focus, and the support offamily, friends, and mentors, Ward-Evans is destined to achieve even more thanwhat he’s set out for.

Changing Minds

Monday, 08 February 2010 00:00
Leadership

Reaching... Inspiring... Empowering...Generations

1625 YDC Program mentors share their time.


  

No Limits - No Boundaries Leadership Program students journal their thoughts after serving a homeless community during Making a Difference (MAD) service project.  

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