AwareNow: Issue 19: The Source Edition

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CLASSROOM CHAMPION LEX GILLETTE VISITS BROWN ELEMENTARY

SEE HOW LEX & THE KIDS SPENT THE DAY

“Help them see that they have what it takes to be a champion.”

This is the thing. Our youth will one day become athletes, teachers, doctors, scientists, and more. Our young ones need mentors, dedicated people who will take the time to educate them on the skills that will put them in the best position to succeed in life. Time is one of the best resources we can give to them. We must give them freedom to imagine, to create. It’s imperative that we work with them as they face difficult times. We have to let them know that they have what it takes inside to be successful. We must do these things with the understanding that someday they will occupy our communities. We have the responsibility of teaching them now so that they will improve our communities and our world.

I hate to be harsh and blunt, but at the end of the day it’s not all about you. At some point we will phase out but doing what we can now to build up our youth will ensure our communities continue to thrive. Work with them. Be patient. Help them navigate challenges. Congratulate them when they do good things. Help them see that they have what it takes to be a champion. ∎ LEX GILLETTE

4x Paralympic Medalist, 4x World Champion & Keynote Speaker
 www.awarenessties.us/lex-gillette Lex Gillette has quickly become one of the most sought after keynote speakers on the market. Losing his sight at the age of eight was painful to say the least, but life happens. Things don’t always go your way. You can either stay stuck in frustration because the old way doesn’t work anymore, or you can create a new vision for your life, even if you can’t see how it will happen just yet. His sight was lost, but Lex acquired a renewed vision, a vision that has seen him become the best totally blind long and triple jumper Team USA has ever witnessed.

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