President Barack Obama gives thanks and so do I

Dwayne Ross provides On site Human Service Staff Development Training, Youth Development, Online Travel Marketing and MLM information reviews, training & suggestions.

As we end the month of November I am wondering how most of the American people who needed health care are giving thanks. I am wondering if those pastors and preachers who said just “don’t vote” are giving thanks when the one they did not vote for still became the President? How are blended families giving thanks since the end of “institutional segregation” and of course how are you giving thanks this Thanksgiving?

I am thankful for God of the Bible who gave his gift Jesus Christ as a substitute for my sins on the cross. My wife and the consistent love she gives me. I am thankful for my children who make my life worth the trials and obstacles that I have overcome of no consequence because of their love. I am thankful for my grandchildren… some amazing little people who light up the room with the energy and temperament that makes being a grandfather all the better. I am thankful for those who are my students and staff who give me access to their lives so that they can do better and get ahead in life. I am thankful for friends and acquaintances who are there for accountability. As a veteran I am thankful for those who are on the front-lines of our military ans working behind the scenes. I am thankful for my pastor who teaches me that “God has done everything he is going to do..” the rest is up to me! Don’t wait on things to fall from heaven… Go and make something happen! I am thankful for people with disabilities who challenge me to improve and explore the best practices throughout the land so that Direct Support Staff can be looked upon as Professionals and not just an entry level job… it’s a career.


Finally, I am thankful for a place in the world where you can have a voice… a choice…. and freedom to live as you desire without too many sanctions and everyone can pursue Happy-ness as they desire. Yes, there are rules and biblical principles and a world of truths that we all must face but here in the United States of America… we can go from nothing to the highest seat of authority in the land the Congress and President of the United States. We can start a small company named Coke and one day see it everywhere in the world. We can start a small computer company and see them in every home in America and soon to be the world… I am thankful for America! Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, White and so many hues in between. The America I am part of is diverse. It’s robust… it’s alive and dynamic. Not just Black and White, but as Martin Luther King Jr. said,”Not judged by the color of their skin but by the Content of their Character.” Does President Barack Obama have a few flaws? Of course he does, he’s human but he’s attempting to do what some only talked about… His policies are in place to help and support the visions of a Nation of the People By the People. I’m not sure what the future holds for America, but this thanksgiving, I want to thank the U.S.A. may we continue to be as the change in 1948-1951 states…

“One Nation Under God, Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for All…”

Why am I a Board Member for Foster Care Shines?

Dwayne Ross provides On site Human Service Staff Development Training, Youth Development, Online Marketing and MLM information reviews, training & suggestions.

This post is dedicated to word WHY.

“He that has the highest why will survive any How!”     This is a quote from the book Man’s Quest for Meaning by Victor Frankel he was a gentleman who survived the concentration camps during the reign of Adolf Hitler. He was sent to a death camp where beyond his capacity many dreadful things happened. One thing he shares is exactly how your mindset can either hurt you or help you. What you think on while in any situation can either send you into the storm or protect you from  it. Most of the people I meet fail in the battle of the mind. They have what Zig- Ziglar coined as “Stinking thinkin.” I realized that had not had a post dedicated to the Why in quite some time. I also realized that my involvement with foster care wasn’t highlighted as well as it could be so today I can meet to objectives with one post!

Nearly a year ago, I received a call to make a difference in the lives of foster care youth who are aging out of the system. I discovered that many of the youth leaving foster care were ill prepared as young adults. Many of the females were getting involved with young men and women who did not have their best interest in mind. For some it would be the death of them,  because they did not have a mindset that they were important and should not settle for ill treatment by anyone. Unfortunately many of the females were single parents leaving foster care or they would find them selves along with many of the men, incarcerated, on drugs or homeless. Now I wish this was an untruth however the statistics are horribly true and supported by the judicial reports everywhere across the nation.  I connected with them because I was easily one of the stats as well. I was in foster care for a very short season in my life and I suffered too.

Here’s a very sad but true story:

My mom died young and my brother and I were placed in foster care because the State of New York, (back then) said my grandfather was too old to care for us. We were 5 and 8 years old. I share more of this story in my book”No More Crumbs from the Table.” So I guess what has happened is my life story has asked for me to make a difference in the lives of today’s youth and one group are those aging up in and those exiting out of foster care.

My Why? is to truly lower the numbers of those who are incarcerated… single parents and or homeless! I joined Foster Care Shines Inc. a Non profit organization who makes this quest a primary focus. As the Eduction and Training officer I hope to make the conversation of Foster Care Youth exiting out of the system some thing that we all can do something about in a very positive way.

Turning  age 18
At age 18 our youth age out and many are homeless

In May 2012, this year we held the first annual Foster Care Shines Dream Extreme!  It was successful and it was awesome. We brought the community together to talk about this topic and we engaged with the community through the Arts. Check out the Twitter page here… FCS Tweets. We plan to do it again next May… We had a variety of people who gave their time and talent to the cause. People such as Mr. Stacy Jordan, The IMPAC Mime Team, Damon Terrell, Dana  Jason & Cynthia Weathers of Above Only Entertainment and so many others… 

We will be getting together to get ready for Dream Extreme 2013  It’s sure to be an awesome event! 

                   What’s you why?     Leave a comment below.


Turning part time interest into potential income?

Dwayne Ross provides On site Human Service Staff Development Training, Youth Development, Online Marketing and MLM information reviews, training & suggestions.

Hey everyone!   Thanks for visiting… Please leave a comment.

Here’s another interesting online information opportunity in the area of my interest… traveling and training!  I would like to be known as a traveling trainer. Not only would I train in my local area but I would travel to cool places and perhaps get an opportunity to relax in the most amazing places. Wanna Go? How about getting a little bit of relaxation and relating in the Bahamas? Now of course if you were on the east coast you know recently Sandy came through blowing all types of dreams to the wayside but as always… it’s natural for the storms to come in and clear the way for new things, ideas and in some cases, renewed desires to go to exotic places.

I sat in a very informative workshop today where I found out how a person with disabilities could make money in the world of travel. Not only can they make money, they can help others make money as well. This is really cool because they can set up travel options for married couples, romantic getaways for couples and make a substantial commission from one of the premier resort providers, “Sandals All Inclusive Resorts.”

I was guided to take a tour of their really informative videos and picture based web site.  While I was learning, I was introduced to a blind agent. That’s right, an agent was at this training and he was blind. He did not have a travel trainer with him but he was using his cane. He was there as a guest of another blind person who has recently won an award for booking travel. I was sitting there thinking how many other disabled individuals are sitting at home listening to the radio or television when they could be here learning how to increase their income? I realized the word needs to get out to everyone, including those who are visually impaired or blind.  It was obvious that this person wanted to turn their part time into potential income and they were in the right place. I invite you to learn more about this amazing industry and the possibility of helping Individuals earn life sustainable wages or incomes instead of always volunteering or working for min or sub-min wage!  Sandals pays commission to lead people to their web site. You don’t need to close the deal… just get it started.  There were about 40 other people listening to how they can help couples and families take an all inclusive honeymoon, wedding or family vacation. They learned how to explain the reason why an all inclusive vacation could be the best trip you have ever planned. The potential income from assisting Sandals is endless.

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No minimums not caps, no glass ceiling, no discrimination, no education requirement it’s amazing. You become certified and that’s like getting a real estate certification, x-ray technician certification, phlebotomy certification and any other certification that sets you a part form the average Joe blow.  So what should you do? Tell every individual you know with a disability that they do not need to work for sub minimum wage… or volunteer for ever, They can make money in the exciting travel industry.

As I have said. “my goal is to share information, build a network and make suggestions in the MLM industry.”  This is a great way for me to take my passion for training and my goals for creating multiple streams of income and merge them together. In my next post, I will continue to talk about Shifting Your Focus and No More Crumbs from the Table. I saw an excellent presentation about getting away from the crumbs! It’s time for you to do the same thing. If you want to help others have a better life share this site.

Thanks again and much success to you. Visit my Face book page too.    Let’s interact more!   Wanna know more about traveling as an insider? Go Here!

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