I had the honor of speaking at the 2018 SOC Youth Leadership Training for National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI) Mississippi Chapter on August 4, 2018. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Started in 1979, today boasts hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in local communities to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. Mrs. Tameka Tobias is the Executive Director of NAMI Mississippi.
This event brought together both regional youth councils, members of NAMI across the state, and members of the existing NAMI MS Youth Advisory Council to develop a statewide network for the sharing of ideas and strategies, and receive training on community outreach, leadership and organization skills. The goal is to equip youth councils with the ability to convey information on mental health support, education, and awareness programs in Mississippi.
The John Maxwell Team is a group of John Maxwell Certified coaches, trainers, speakers, and professionals who offer workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching to aid personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John Maxwell’s proven leadership methods. For this event, I taught on Dr. John Maxwell’s book Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose-Learn-for Teens. Created just for youths, this presentation is designed to inspire and challenge them to see setbacks as opportunities – to grow, learn, and improve. Any setback–a championship loss, a bad grade, a botched audition-can be seen as a step forward when teens possess the right tools to turn that loss into a gain of knowledge. This teaching provides a roadmap for becoming a true learner, someone who wins in the face of problems, failures, and losses.
This two-day training held in Madison, MS at the Hilton Garden Inn theme was: iLead, ulead, weLead. Other training topics included Conflict Resolution, Cultural Diversity, and Advocacy. Youth participants also participated in team-builder exercises and completed D.I.S.C. Assessments.
Because I saw the tangible impact of NAMI, I advocate for membership, sponsorship, and community partnership. When you do so, you become part of an organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with mental illness. For more information on NAMI and their services, please visit https://namims.org/about-us/
Again, thanks to the brilliant youth who absorbed so much information and the hospitality of the NAMI staff, and for the invitation to speak at this event. As a token of inspiration, 10 of John’s book Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose-Learn-for Teens were given away.