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RIGHT THE WRONGS FOUNDATION LLC: WHY DON’T WE SUPPORT THEM EN-MASS?

21 May

RIGHT THE WRONGS FOUNDATION LLC: WHY DON’T WE SUPPORT THEM EN-MASS?.

RIGHT THE WRONGS FOUNDATION LLC: WHY DON’T WE SUPPORT THEM EN-MASS?

May 21, 2013

Folks, I’ve been real blessed.

And I don’t mean what my parents did for me.

The last 4 months I’ve had the privilege of sitting with an amazing group of men and women who want nothing more than to give and or give back,  \You see there are people who never had who  refuse not give back.

There are also individuals who have had and refuse not to give beyond the scope of their existence.  And in a day and time where the average inner city community member is labeled as greedy, selfishly zealous, or just pure ignorant I’ve been blessed to sit and speak with leaders and visionaries who spend all of their time consumed in one mission: giving back.

On April 23rd I was privileged to sit with Javier Saldana of  RIGHT THE WRONGS FOUNDATION LLC.  And this brother was the real deal.

RIGHT THE WRONGS FOUNDATION LLC is about giving back and job creation.  It is literally that simple.  Now I can break down their mission statement for 8 pages but it boils down to a sincere drive to put people back into the work force.  It doesn’t end there either.  the long term goal is to create a viable workforce with longevity.  not a flash in  the pan, one term measure of growth- but real numbers.  And beyond the numbers are the people.  Jobs have been a lot more scarce since 2007 or so.  And while there is a lot of talk about jobs and helping the average Joe- I don’t see much folks.

So What Can We Do?

We can support Javier Saldana and RIGHT THE WRONGS FOUNDATION LLC.

Why?

BH: What does RIGHT THE WRONGS FOUNDATION LLC do?

JS: We provide the skills and tools for employable longevity to those we serve.

BH: Expound on that please.

JS: In the world of business and industry there are jobs.  In fact there is a deep need, about 2 million open spots.  And while we cannot provide the exact training job for job, we can reinforce the basics and lead a multi-generational movement in workplace intelligence and etiquette.

BH: So you have a multi point plan, break that down deeper for my readers please.

JA: Simply put, there are three key facets: Employ-ability, interviews, and etiquette.  These facets, when mastered increase the ability of any individual to rise beyond their daily existence to become pivotal players, leaders, and integral parts of their communities.

BH: Is college the answer?

JA: Not always.  Simply put there are individuals that school simply isn’t meant for.  But they may got to their local McDonald’s and start from the bottom and rise to become a regional vice president or better.    Skill sets are vastly suitable for a large percent of the population, especially when we build them up so their esteem and self-profitability become more than concepts, and rise to be innate traits.

BH: So the main goal then is?

JS Sustainability.  It has never been about getting them a job and walking away.  The goal is to create a fulcrum of pure, sustainable, community based growth. In the end it isn’t jobs- it is a life skills set that leaves the community at large enriched.

BH: So if I hear you right you don’t advocate college over a career plan?

JA: Not at all.  As a species we are vastly diverse.  So to expect the same result from all of the species is redundantly ignorant.  instead we aim to meet the needs of the population as a whole.  From that perspective success becomes synonymous simply with action.

BH: Could we sum up the general flow then as 1st knowing your mindset. And 2nd acting accordingly?

JA:YES.

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Have you met Jean Alerte?

9 May

Have you met Jean Alerte?

I have and the man is on fire! I interviewed him recently at the Latiq Agarde benefit that I was privileged to attend.  As a key note speaker he electrified the room.  We sat down together to discuss, life, leadership, and frozen yogurt.

-When did you begin your entrepreneurial journey?

JA: it began at the age of 18 and has grown and evolved with me.  I am now 31.

What made you write your impressive tome Do Right Do Good?

JA: The goal was to inspire one kid.  One Single kid/teen. That’s it.  And that was prefaced by a young gentleman I worked with who told me “Jean you need to write a book.”  And after thinking about it a while it all came together.

-How long did it take to write Do Right Do Good?

JA: From concept to completion the writing of the book took about 3 months.  It took about a year to complete as far as publishing, cover creation et al.   From its inception it seemed to literally write itself.  It came to me naturally.

-I noticed you don’t sell your book on Amazon, a trend that is quite enormous among new writers-Why?

JA: I donate $10 dollars of every sale to charity.  To sell units through Amazon would cheat those who benefit from these funds.  Every copy is also personally signed by me and shipped by me with a care package.  The personal touch is not only cool but for the young readers it impacts them greatly.  It makes an indelible mark that resonates for them for years to come.

-Do you see more writing in your future?

JA: of course.

-Will you be opening a non-profit such as Latiq to impact even more young lives?

JA: I can see that occurring in the future.

-Recently your newest venture, Brooklyn Swirl, a frozen yogurt stand was featured on Love & Hip Hop, how did that come about?

JA: It was a known favorite of some of the cast and they approached us for filming purposes.  The exposure was great.

-Hiring practice:

JA: I only hire people who live in the same area of Brooklyn where Brooklyn Swirl is located.  It keeps the dollars in the community and builds the economic zone and gives self esteem to the youth I hire.

I could literally write two more pages about Jean.  The son of Haitian immigrants, Jean completed his college education and went on to the finance industry.  He set goals and reached them.  He is literally the definition of follow through.  As an educator I was preach to the young adults I work with that discipline and follow through accomplish more than talent.  Michael Jordan practiced with fervor.  And more to the point he wasn’t the legend from the get go.  He wasn’t above average either.  He worked at it.  Talent helps, but discipline is the key and Jean Alerte may be the living embodiment of it.

Buy the book, donate to the scholarship, eat the yogurt.  If you’re going to support someone he is the obvious choice.

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