About I.Y.T.M.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Inspiring Youth Through Mentoring is a place for all mentors, parents and those needing and wanting to be mentored to come and share their experiences and life changing moments. I.Y.T.M. is family oriented and focuses on providing positive change for our youth. I.Y.T.M. supports all organizations for their services when it comes to helping the lives of our youth.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Want to be a Guest Blogger at Inspiring Youth Through Mentoring, I.Y.T.M.?

I.Y.T.M. is looking for Guest Blogger to contribute to the blog. If you have a passion for helping our youth, why not contribute to my blog. Maybe we can help each other out. You can gain some exposure for your blog or your writing while I am building the readership and ranking of mine. And in the process, we will both be helping others and the youths throughout our communities who are embarking on their own personal development.

Where to begin?
The most important thing is to first read I.Y.T.M. to get an idea of the types of articles that I typically post. I.Y.T.M. would like to cover issues like juvenile law, education, gang awareness, employment, like skills, etc. There so much to share when it comes to our youth, so let's put our minds together and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Once you have an idea for your article, refer to the Guidelines below, and get in touch with me at inspiringyouththroughmentoring@gmail.com.

  1. Guest post must be original, meaning that you haven't and won't publish the post on your site(s) or any other sites. By publishing your post on I.Y.T.M., your relinquishing all rights or claims on the post. In other words, it becomes the exclusive of I.Y.T.M.
  2. No SEO anchor text please.
  3. There's no standard required word count, but 500-1500 words is typical for the blog.
  4. Send your topic and draft of your article to me at inspiringyouththroughmentoring@gmail.com, with a brief description of who you are and why you want to write for the blog and the cause.
  5. If you have suggested image for the article, please include it in the draft you create. Please ensure that you have rights to publish the image and then confirm to me in an email that you do. Otherwise, I'll find an image that will accompany your post.
  6. I normally respond to emails within a couple of days, so if you don't hear from me, something likely went astray. Please feel free to contact me again.
I look forward to welcoming you to the family as we strive to help our youth through mentoring!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

3 Qualifications

Do you believe?

Do you care?

Those 2 questions are very important, but the third one is the key. We all were children at one point in our life. Growing up we had dreams of becoming something when we grew up. We had idols and role models to look up to. Many of our children today don't have that luxury, but it's out there. As adults, we need to focus on what's most important and invest in that. We must encourage our children to think well of themselves. We must show them that we care and that's not just by saying, "I care about you", but instead showing them we care. If we believe in them, they will believe in themselves.

So, what are you going to do to show that you believe and care?

If you had the opportunity to invest in a child's life by becoming a mentor, share with us why and what inspired you. We must understand that there's no perfect system or strategy out there that will definitely save our children, but with the grace of God and prayer, we can make great strides and much success. We all know the ole saying, "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child"~ African Proverb

Friday, February 17, 2012

Black History Month & "At-Risk" Youth

For black history month I.Y.T.M. is giving a special acknowlegment to everyone and all organizations that are dedicating their time and hearts to our children. Nowadays we have more of our young black boys and girls being lost in the juvenile justice system. For many years and still to this day we have those continuing to fight for our rights, but apparently that may stop someday if we don't invest in our future, our children.

If we as a community don't come together and steer them in the right direction, this world will become more corrupt and not safe to live in. So,for the remainder of the month, come share with us what you've done to help a child by posting it on our blog. Let's not allow this world we live in to consume our children.

Monday, June 6, 2011

How Far Will You Go?

Our society today is filled with turmoil in our communities, schools, and homes. Many of our youth are being murdered, beaten up, joining gangs and incarcerated into the prison system across the country at an all-time high.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics in 2010, examined crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school(http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2231). Here are some of the current detailed statistical information on the nature of crime in schools and school environments; and responses to violence and crime at school:

• In 2008, among students ages 12 -18, there were about 1.2 million victims of nonfatal crimes at school, including 619,000 thefts and 629,800 violent crimes (simple assault and serious violent crime).

• During the school year 2007 - 08, there were 1,701 homicides among school-age youth ages 5 - 18.

• In 2009, 31 percent of students in grades 9 - 12 reported they had been in a physical fight at least one time during the previous 12 months anywhere, and 11 percent said they had been in a fight on school property during the previous 12 months.

As a society we can see that we have a big challenge on our hands and our youths need our help. Mentoring is one of the best approaches to keeping our kids safe and helping them become positive adults that will someday lead this great country. What we have to ask ourselves is, "Am I doing anything to help our kids"? If you answered, "No" take a minute and think about what life will be like 30 years from now if we don't get our kids on the right path. Even though some of us may not be here to see it, our own kids will. As a parent, relative or mentor we are always striving to provide a better life for our children. We work hard daily teaching them the right things to do, making sure they are getting their education and ensuring that they are financially stable. Well, with all the things we do to prepare them with a better life will not be much if we continue to allow crime to take place in our communities.

So, how far will you go to help our children? How far will you go to make a difference in a childs life? How far will you go to make sure when you're old and gray there will be some adult that will care for you? How far will you go to ensure that your children are protected from the dangers in society? So, how far will you go?

If you're in the Atlanta Metro area and you’re interested in mentoring a youth, please choose one of the following organizations below:


Thursday, January 13, 2011


As a member/mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta I believe this is a great START. What are you going to START? If you're not in a position to start mentoring a youth, but you're reading this blog, join this blog, share with others, share your story or any aspirations you may have towards mentoring youth.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Importance of Mentoring

Let me be the first to say, from the standpoint of being an African-American man, I can speak to the need for more mentors in the African-American community. As someone who was raised by a single mom, I also know what it’s like to be a child wanting a male role model/ mentor.

Since 2003 I have been working with incarcerated youth and since 2008 I have been mentoring a young man through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. This experience has solidified my interest in working with youth, preferably for nonprofits. I’ve began to have a strong desire to work for a nonprofit and even start one, but for now I will continue to support those that exist.

I love the commitment I chose for mentoring youth. I draw energy from spending time with my little brother (mentee) and youth throughout the community, whether I have had a great day or a long, stressful one. Seeing the significant positive impact I have on one’s life is very rewarding and encourages me to continue and also encourage others to do the same.

IYTM would now like for you to share why you feel there's an importance for mentoring youth. Follow us on Twitter @ Inspiring Youth.