Cynthia Tindal: “Self Destructive Behavior”: Part 2

Cynthia Tindal: “Self Destructive Behavior” Part 2 from Ashley Singletary on Vimeo.

Last year, September 2015, Cynthia Tindal, a local resident of Summerton, South Carolina discussed her Self Destructive Behavior and how it’s caused her so much suffering and pain during her life. She spoke about her journey to drug and alcohol abuse and how her addiction started out as curiosity but quickly turned into self-destruction. Cynthia also mentioned her previous treatment process, how she would start, become clean for months and stop.

It’s almost six months later and Cynthia is ready to tell part two of “Self-Destructive Behavior”. This time she is the narrator and storyteller, she tells all in the above audio. Since her last interview, she stated that she made many attempts to stop her addictions and stay clean but has not been able to do so. “I tried but people kept coming and I couldn’t say no”.

While telling her story she said, “I have good and bad days, this seems to be one of my bad days”. Cynthia mentioned that she is still in the struggle but will continue to try and do better. Mrs. Tindal continuously expressed how she wanted to stop the drugs and alcohol but wasn’t strong enough to quit.

According to Mrs. Tindal, she is back on her heart medication and will be entering treatment again with hopes of becoming completely clean from her addictions. She discussed her feelings about death, leaving behind nothing and facing her fears. In closing she said “ I wish recovery on everybody”.

Alcoholism is a growing problem worldwide, some medical professionals believe that it’s a disease. Others believe that alcoholism is self-abusive behavior that result from psychological causes. In a recent survey of US Physicians, 20% thought that alcohol was a disease and 55% believed that there is no cure for alcoholism.

According to Alcoholrehab.com, drug use is a global phenomenon, effecting individuals from every ethnic and socio-economic status. They stated that there is no sure-fire way to avoid addiction to drugs without practicing abstinence.

Physicians Health Services, out of Massachusetts, believes if you face your addiction you can overcome it.

From The Author

In our everyday lives we struggle with addictions and issues. That’s life, no need to give up! No matter how many times you fail or fall short keep going. Face your addictions, over come, keep working and be successful. Follow your dreams and do what you love! Like Mrs. Cynthia, try to find relief in positive things. Always remember that succeeding is your biggest goal.

Succeeding In The Work Place

Succeeding In The Work Place from Ashley Singletary on Vimeo.

Sebrena Wells, a 911 Shift Supervisor has been dispatching for Clarendon County Emergency Services for 13 years. In a recent interview she stated that she started as a telecommunications officer back in 2003 and became supervisor in 2007. She has an Associates of Arts Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Service Management and a Master of Science Degree in Public Safety specializing in Emergency Management.

On March 19, 2016 Sebrina gave tips on how to succeed in the work place. She was able to give tips on success by providing information as an experienced supervisor. In the above audio she mentioned just a few but had a lot of information on success in the work place. Topics that she elaborated on included, sticking to your work schedule, following the rules while at work, displaying positive attitudes, dressing appropriately and professionalism.

Latrice nelson, also a 911 dispatcher has been working for Clarendon County Emergency Services for two years. According to Nelson, she assists with on the job training and is a senior dispatcher. Latrice said that succeeding in the work place consist of time management, goal setting and leadership skills. While explaining why these elements are important she said “In 911 communications my co-workers and I work 12 hour shifts. We have a lot of work to complete while answering the  radio and dispatching officers.” She stated that in any work environment planning and having control over the amount of time spent on different activities is effective in managing your time.

For more information on succeeding in the work place you can contact Sebrena Wells at sebrenab@gmail.com or Latrice Nelson @ latricenelson21@yahoo.com

The Sumter Comic Arts Symposium 2016

The Sumter Comic Arts Symposium 2016 from Ashley Singletary on Vimeo.

Sumter County Cultural Commission along with USC Sumter and Sumter Shaw Comican presented The Sumter Comic Arts Symposium 2016 this weekend. On Friday, March 4th, the event was held at USC Sumter in the Arts and Letters Hall from 2-3pm. Saturday, March 5, the function was held at the Patriot Hall Auditorium. Activities for adults and children lasted all day. Doors opened at 10am and closed around 6pm.

The comic art symposium was a conference where artist, venders, and the local community joined together for lectures presentations and activities pertaining to comic arts. According to sumtercountysc.org, The Sumter County Cultural Commission strives to engage community members of all ages in the creation, contemplation, and appreciation of visual arts.

The Sumter Item, a local newspaper reported that due to the success of the first comic arts symposium sponsors were able to expand offers for this year. This year’s event was bigger than last year and was filled with creators who work in comics and graphic novels.

Among the comic book artist and writers was Roy Thomas, Erica Henderson, Chris Schweizer, Kyle Starks and Cody Hanes. The video above captures footage from Saturday’s event at Patriot Hall. Included in the video are different artist and members of the community. Cody Hanes, the artist who is drawing a comic like image of a young girl is an artist who lives and works in the Myrtle Beach area. He is a freelancer and is available upon request. He co-owns and operates the company Carolina Caricatures. For more information on or to contact this artist click here.

If you’re a collector of original comic art, or an aspiring comic artist, according to The City of Sumter, you can contact Carmela Bryan at Patriot Hall to have your work included in the “Infinite Canvas” exhibition at (803) 436-2260.

The Fourth Annual 2016 Sumter Road Race Series

Saturday, February 6, 2016, Westside Christian Academy hosted the first race of their Fourth Annual Sumter Series, The Westside Christian Academy Resolution Race 5K. The Sumter series is an event that emphasizes health and community throughout the year. This event includes eight running races during the calendar year according to The City of Sumter.

The race focuses on health and community but also celebrates physical, spiritual, civic and environmental recovery. When completing registration, participants of the race are signed up for all eight races. The registration packet includes everything needed to participate and the cost is a one fee of one hundred dollars. The proceeds from the race benefit various organizations around Sumter County.

The first race was held in the area around Westside Christian Academy from 9:30am until 11:30am. The route was timed with chip devices that were included in the registration packet along with each participant’s t-shirt and bib number. During the race supporters stood on the sidelines cheering on the runners.

While supporting the participants, the crowd along with Westside Academy’s principal, Maureen Hickok Dunton, also enjoyed Christian music, refreshments and each other. When the race came to an end everyone gathered together in the parking area of the school for recognition of top runners. Prizes were awarded to the overall male and female winners and to age group winners.

Seven races are left and will last until November, they include: The Tuomey Foundation 5-Miler, the Young Professionals of Sumter and City of Sumter’s Recovery Road Race (5K/10K), the United Way Derby Day Sumter 5K, the Hot Pursuit 5K, the Sumter County Library’s Forrest Ray 5K, the Sumter Sunrise Rotary 5K, and the YMCA’s Turkey Trot.

Anytime Fitness, located in Sumter, SC, sponsors the Road Race Series. For more information about the Fourth Annual Sumter Series or registration you can contact Westside Christian Academy or log onto The City of Sumter’s website

Westside Christian Academy (Feb. 6, 2016) The Westside Christian Academy School hosted its first race in the Fourth Annual Sumter Race Series this year. This year's event sign displays all sponsors. The proceeds from this race benefit various organizations around the Sumter community. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy (Feb. 6, 2016) The Westside Christian Academy School hosted its first race in the Fourth Annual Sumter Race Series this year. This year’s event sign displays all sponsors. The proceeds from this race benefit various organizations around the Sumter community. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy (Feb. 6, 2016) The first race of The Fourth Annual Sumter Series started on Pinewood Street in Sumter, SC and continued  in the area around Westside Christian Academy from 9:30am until 11:30am. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy (Feb. 6, 2016) The first race of The Fourth Annual Sumter Series started on Pinewood Street in Sumter, SC and continued in the area around Westside Christian Academy from 9:30am until 11:30am. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy School (Feb. 6, 2016) The route for the 2016 Resolution Race 5K was timed with chip devices that were included in the registration packet along with each participant’s t-shirt and bib number. During the race supporters stood on the sidelines cheering on the runners. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy School (Feb. 6, 2016) The route for the 2016 Resolution Race 5K was timed with chip devices that were included in the registration packet along with each participant’s t-shirt and bib number. During the race supporters stood on the sidelines cheering on the runners. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Academy School (Feb. 6, 2016) Here are a few male participants who ran in the Fourth Annual Sumter Running Series first race in 2016. Prizes were awarded to the overall male and female winners and to age group winners. This race emphasizes physical, spiritual, educational, civic and environmental recovery. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Academy School (Feb. 6, 2016) Here are a few male participants who ran in the Fourth Annual Sumter Running Series first race in 2016. Prizes were awarded to the overall male and female winners and to age group winners. This race emphasizes physical, spiritual, educational, civic and environmental recovery. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy (Feb. 06, 2016) Maureen Hickok Dunton, principal at Westside Christian Academy throws up her arms while cheering on runners as they cross the finish lines at 2016 Resolution Race 5K. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy (Feb. 06, 2016) Maureen Hickok Dunton, principal at Westside Christian Academy throws up her arms while cheering on runners as they cross the finish lines at 2016 Resolution Race 5K. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)

Historic South Carolina Flooding, Three Months Later At Swan Lake Iris Gardens

Historic South Carolina Flooding, Three Months Later At Swan Lake Iris Gardens

During the weekend of Oct. 3, 2015, South Carolina experienced a flooding that affected communities statewide. Located in Sumter, South Carolina is Swan Lake Iris Gardens. According to The City of Sumter, this park is the most visited park in town and is best know for its floral attractions. The park was forced to close after the flooding due to hazardous conditions.

It’s now exactly three months after the flooding took place. After researching, taking a look at the property and capturing images, the park is making progress. However, the garden area looks as if all flowers have been completely washed away. The fence around the park has been damaged and is currently being worked on. Some of the trails have been washed away and the water level is lower than normal.

Each month, Swan Lake hosts a list of activities that are open to the community. When not hosting, space is rented out to the public for use of the property. Rental facilities are not available at this time. 500,000 people or more every year visits the park. This number includes visitors from across the state and other countries. Swan Lake Iris Gardens has even been featured in Southern Living and Better Home Gardens according to The City of Sumter’s website.

Limited access is permitted to visitors at this time. The main fair way, also known, as the lawn area is open now. The playground, trails, gazebo and a few other areas are open as well. Reconstruction is taking place to get the park open in all areas.

For more information about Swan Lake Iris Gardens or to simply speak with a park employee, you can take a look at sumtersc.gov. You can also contact Swan Lake Visitors Center at (803) 436-2640.

Below are a few pictures that were captured three months after the flooding.

"The entrance gate to the garden area at Swan Lake is closed and will remain closed for now. The Iris Garden is not open to the public due to damages from the South Carolina Flooding that occured the weekend of Oct. 3, 2015. The city leaders of Sumter said that some areas of the park remain inaccessible due to continued hazardous conditions. (Photo by: Ashley M. Singletary/ Full Sail University)."
“The entrance gate to the garden area at Swan Lake is closed and will remain closed for now. The Iris Garden is not open to the public due to damages from the South Carolina Flooding that occured the weekend of Oct. 3, 2015. The city leaders of Sumter said that some areas of the park remain inaccessible due to continued hazardous conditions. (Photo by: Ashley M. Singletary).”
The view of this fence is located all around the Swan Lake Iris Gardens. It's currently under construction. This image, taken by a HD Sony HandyCam, shows what the fence originally looked like and the process of rebuilding just three months after being destroyed by the South Carolina flooding on Oct.3, 2015. (Photo by: Ashley M. Singletary/ Full Sail University)."
The view of this fence is located all around the Swan Lake Iris Gardens. It’s currently under construction. This image, taken by a HD Sony HandyCam, shows what the fence originally looked like and the process of rebuilding just three months after being destroyed by the South Carolina flooding on Oct.3, 2015. (Photo by: Ashley M. Singletary).”
"Swan Lake Iris Gardens(Oct. 3, 2015) During this weekend, Swan Lake in Sumter South Carolina, was effected by a flooding that damaged different locations inside the park. City leaders said that parts of the park will remain closed at this time. Aareas that opened after the flood include: The Bland Gardens, trails, boardwalk areas, the gazebo and play ground (Photo by: Ashley M. Singletary/ Full Sail University)."
“Swan Lake Iris Garedens (Oct. 3, 2015) During this weekend, Swan Lake in Sumter South Carolina, was effected by a flooding that damaged different locations inside the park. City leaders said that parts of the park will remain closed at this time. Areas that opened after the flood include: The Bland Gardens, trails, boardwalk areas, the gazebo and play ground (Photo by: Ashley M. Singletary).”
After the South Carolina Flooding (Oct. 3, 2015) Certain areas that were closed to the public are now open to visitors. It's now three months after the flood and repairs to the park are taking place. The location of this image is at the main fairway, also know as the lawn area. Wildlife is located along the lawn and pathway areas (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary/ Full Sail University)."
After the South Carolina Flooding (Oct. 3, 2015) Certain areas that were closed to the public are now open to visitors. It’s now three months after the flood and repairs to the park are taking place. The location of this image is at the main fairway, also know as the lawn area. Wildlife is located along the lawn and pathway areas (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary).”

Attendance Is Important Too

Attendance Is Important Too

From The Author

Showing up for class is just as important as showing up for a job. Young adults must practice now for their future. My website if focused on motivating and encouraging young adults in every way possible. Attendance will be an important factor in one’s career.

Mary Adger, a former substitute teacher for Clarendon County who served for years, agreed to discuss the importance of attendance in schools. She was first asked to explain why attendance in grade school students important is important. She stated that attendance is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school on a regular basis. She said students who are consistently absent make it very hard for teachers to teach their students skills so that they can progress and continue to learn new material.

Below is the S.C. Code of Laws: Section 59-65-90 Rules & Regulation
The State Board of Education shall establish regulations defining lawful and unlawful absences beyond those specifically named in this article and additional regulations as are necessary for the orderly enrollment of pupils so as to provide for uniform dates of entrance. These regulations shall require: (1) that school officials shall immediately intervene to encourage the student’s future attendance when the student has three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences and (2) that the district board of trustees or its designee shall promptly approve or disapprove any student absence in excess of ten days. As used in this section, “intervene” means to identify the reasons for the child’s continued absence and to develop a plan in conjunction with the student and his parent or guardian to improve his future attendance.

Provided, However, That nothing within this section shall interfere with the Board’s authority to at any time refer a child to a truancy prevention program or to the court pursuant to Section 59-65-50.

Mrs. Adger was asked if she agreed with section 59-65-90 of the S.C. Code of Laws. She said, “Absolutely, action must be taken for those students who have too many unlawful absences”. She agreed that those students need encouragement and an action plan to help improve their attendance. Mary explained that learning is a progressive activity and that each day an assignment builds upon those of the previous day. “As a former substitute teacher, I can assure you that regular student participation in daily activities can play an important role in a student’s success.”

After discussing why she agreed with the law on attendance in school, Mrs. Adger was asked to provide information on how students can benefit from attending school versus those who have frequent absences. She replied, “Working in a public school allowed me to see students benefit from great attendance all the time.” She said students with good attendance usually achieve higher grades and love school. She added that students with a regular attendance routine seemed to develop other responsible behaviors. Mary went on to explain that those with poor attendance usually are not able to keep up with school work and that these students usually have lower grades.

Section 59-65-260 of the S.C Code of Laws talks about the duties of attendance supervisors relating to non-attending children. This section also discusses how the attendance supervisor works to get parents involved in motivating and persuading young adults to attend school. Mrs. Adger was asked to explain from her experience what parents could do to help. She said that parents must make sure their children go to school regularly, is on time and understand that their parents don’t approve frequent absences. Lastly, she mentioned that if days are missed, the parent is responsible for making sure the work is picked up from the teacher and is completed.

Theresa Gibson, is a local citizen of Clarendon County. She has a daughter that is currently attending public schools in this county. She was asked to give advice on the importance of school attendance. “It’s important for students to know that having a good education will help them get the best possible start in life.” She mentioned that when she was a student she learned things that she now uses as an adult. She said that potential job employers want employees who are going to attend work regularly.

For more information Mary Adger can be contacted @ (803)-473-7399. Theresa Gibson @ (803) 485-5500

The infographic below is a visual of how schools can improve attendance

The infographic below shows the impact attendance has on students

Career Counseling

From The Author

Deciding on a career path can be a challenge for some. If you’re in college trying to figure out what you should major in or simply trying to figure out what to do after graduation, career counseling could help improve your situation. As young professional adults, we can use guidance when making educational and career decisions.

Career Counseling

Career counseling, is a process that will help you know and understand yourself and the world of work in order to make career, educational and life decisions. Career development is more than just deciding on a major and what job you want to get when you graduate.
Latrice Nelson, a local citizen of Clarendon County, has held a Bachelors of Social Sciences Degree in Sociology for several years. She was asked to explain why career counseling is important and what particular group of people need this type of help.

Mrs. Nelson said “Career counseling is career guidance that helps with selecting, switching or leaving a career. Career guidance is available at any stage in life.” She stated that a person’s career is important when entering adulthood and that career challenges can influence other areas of life which can cause stress. Nelson also said that counseling can help with shaping and discussing career options.
When asked to discuss a particular group who normally needs this type of help Nelson said “Everyone needs career counseling and it doesn’t always have to be professional counseling.” She explained that everyone is on their own career level and career development is a process that lasts a lifetime. “One may need assistance with making quick decisions; while others need help making future decisions.” She used the example of how college students need career counseling on what classes to take immediately where as long time graduates working in their career fields for years need help choosing another career.

Lastly, she advised all young adults to seek professional career counseling to insure a successful career.
For more detailed information Mrs. Nelson can be contacted by phone @ (803)4737528. For more detailed information on career counseling or contacting a professional counselor check out the link below.

What is Career Counseling?

Boise State University has a website that is devoted to career development. This website agrees with the information Latrice Nelson provided. However, it also explains that career development is more than making decisions on what to school for or the type of job one will get after graduating from school. The website states that the main goal of career counseling is not only to help someone make decisions on a right now basis but to also give knowledge and skills needed to help make future career and life decisions.

Check out the infographic below: In this infographic are facilities where professional career counselors will most likely be located. If you’re in need of professional help check the nearest locations near you.


Source: Counseling Psychology

How To Set Realistic Goals

How To Set Realistic Goals

Sunday, December 6, 2015 Mary Adger, the Administrative Service Coordinator for the city of Manning, sat down to discuss realistic goals. Setting goals is how she made her dream come true. She said setting the goals and achieving them is how she became a successful professional. Mary was specifically asked to explain to young adults how to set realistic goals.
Mrs. Adger said, first you must make a decision on exactly what you want and translate that into something you would actually like to accomplish. “Be specific, in order to make that goal specific you need to clarify what you need to do in order to achieve it.” She said do some research. Find out what skills you should learn, what life changes you need to make and how long it will take to accomplish your goals.
Mary explained that when setting realistic goals young adults must determine the necessary steps for completion. She said “To determine if a goal is realistic you must know exactly how a goal would be achieved. Once you have an idea of what it will take, determine whether you are committed enough to follow through.”
She stated that goals must be important to you in order to achieve them. Mary believes that if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything. “Consider if the goals you set are reasonable. If you decide your goal is realistic, make a plan, set up a timeline and take action.”
For more information or advice from Mary Adger she can be contacted by email: firstlady@yahoo.com
After speaking with Mary Adger on realistic goals, research was done to provide young adults with another source that could provide more tips. Sid Savara has an online article titled “Seven Keys For Setting Realistic Goals”. He goes into detail describing how to set realistic goals. His advice is to write your goals down. Be specific, measure actions as well as progress. Start with one goal, schedule in time for your goals and make sure to set goals you actually want to achieve.

According to The Simple System, You are more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down. In 1979 Harvard’s MBA program conducted a survey. They survey showed students who wrote down goals, who did not and students who had no goals. The chart below is a visual of the information from the survey.

Ten years later, according to The Simple System’s website, the same groups of students were interviewed again. 3% of the students who had written down their goals were earning ten times more than the other 97% of their classmates.

References

How I Went From Having Goals to Accomplishing Goals | Cave Social. (2015, June 3). Retrieved December 9, 2015, from http://cavesocial.com/how-i-went-from-having-goals-to-accomplishing-goals/

7 Keys For Setting Realistic Goals. (2010, September 2). Retrieved December 9, 2015, from http://sidsavara.com/personal-productivity/setting-realistic-goals

Career Success

/>Career Success

“The Greatest Inspirations” is dedicated to motivating young adults through inspiration. Motivating, when it’s needed the most to assist young adults, as they become successful professionals. This website intends to provide success stories, encouragement and a message solution to those in need of inspirational post along their journeys to mastery. The Greatest Inspirations viewers are encouraged to reach out, receive professional help and become proficient interviewees to advance in their career field.

Young professional adults often experience rough times transitioning from school to work. With a little coaching, taking control over your career can be a lot easier than it may seem. According to David Smith, career success can be made easy. David is the president of Career Success Made Easy, a career services firm that assists with career advancement for those seeking help. His online website is also titled Career Success Made Easy; the website includes many articles that give great advice on how to advance in your area of interest.

After reviewing the site it’s obvious that while transitioning from school to work it’s important to understand that many others are looking for the same jobs you are. David Smith states that the interview process and how you perform is very important. Resume writing, interview coaching, job search strategies, body language signals, vocal presence training and social media profiles were a few of the topics discussed on preparation for the interview process.

Below are tips from The Career Success Made Easy website. These tips can assist in making your very own career a success.

Resume Writing

Your resume is always a first impression and can determine if you get the interview. Resumes must be professionally written and make powerful statements that leap off the page to show case your accomplishments.

Interview Coaching

David Smith said “Demonstrating that you are calm, confident and well organized are important keys to being successful in any interview.” According to his website, the most intimidating part of the interview is being asked questions. Make sure your communication skills are great. Present yourself as competent, personable, and professional. Go over sentence structure and make impact statements to highlight achievements. Master your body language, tone, vocal presence and nonverbal communication.

Job Search Strategies

Located under the job search strategies section on the website are many strategies that can be used as a guide while searching for your dream job. Employees at David Smith’s firm can also assist with finding different strategies if you need help. Below are just a few to help you get started.

Job Search Strategies include:

1. Receiving advice from a human resource expert with more than 15 years of experience

2. Receiving guidance on beating the competition by accessing the hidden job market

3. Presenting yourself professionally online

Body Language Signals

Mr. Smith mentioned that “In the business world, people tend to trust what they see even more than what they hear”. According to the website, body language is more important than what we actually say. When using non-verbal communication, excellent gestures, eye contact, and posture should be used during the interview progress. Body language signals are used to quickly form a first impression.

Vocal Presence Training

Mr. Smith also said “Your success depends not only on what you say at the interview, but the way you say it”. In the interview striking the right tone can make the difference between getting your dream job. According to the article on vocal training, interviews are more likely to be impressed by a candidate who not only gives the best answers and ask questions, but who also sounds articulate, confident and enthusiastic.

Social Media Profiles

Always remember to keep your social media accounts professional. Employers are using social recruiting and checking on-line profiles for employment.

For more detailed information on the interview process or about The Career Success Made Easy program or website, you can contact Mr. Smith by phone: (770) 384-7863 or
Email: info@careersuccessmadeeasy.com

Source: linkedin.com

The cool infographic above shows what the biggest problem is as well as other issues for some candidates during an interview.

References

Home – Resume Writing, Job Search, and Interview Coaching Services | Career Success Made Easy. (n.d.). Retrieved December 3, 2015, from http://careersuccessmadeeasy.com

(n.d.). Retrieved December 3, 2015, from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/recruitment-interview-skills-awareness-survey-results-preater

Inspiring Young Adults

From The Author

“The Greatest Inspirations” will at some point be an inspiration to viewers along their journeys to mastery. Viewers of this site may not always have someone to call and talk to when things are going downhill. This website may be the only source of motivation to keep readers focused and inspired to become successful. The main goal is to motivate young adults through inspiration. The article below shares insight on how young adults can be inspired from an expert’s point of view.

Inspiring Young Adults

Last Saturday, November 14, 2015, Latrice Nelson, a former substitute and current children’s church teacher of ten years sat down with Tiffany Billups, a youth advisor of seven years at Saint Mathews Church in Manning, SC to interview and give advice on motivating young adults through inspiration. They were both asked about previous education and experience in this area. Mrs. Nelson never attended an institution, but received training on motivating youth during her years of teaching. Other experience came from working with young adults over the years in church. Tiffany Billups, has also gained experience in the church.

Both ladies were asked to describe the moment when they finally grasp how to effectively motivate young adults through inspiration, to describe when it all made since. Tiffany Billups stated that for her it was one Wednesday night at church. All the young adults got together and had their weekly meeting. She said that during this meeting all the young people would get together in a huge circle and each person would discuss what’s going on in his or her life. The young people would get to release stress and open up to others who, were also going through situations.

As she stood listening to the young people express themselves something began to click in her mind. She said “ That’s when I realized that it takes knowing what motivates a particular person to get the drive to want to do something in order to inspire them through inspiration. Everyone is not motivated or inspired by the same thing.”

Mrs. Nelson agreed and added that in the classroom is where it hit her. She realized that everyone is different and will be motivated differently, but that the young adults must also be confident in themselves. She mentioned that a young adult could be inspired and motivated and still not have the drive to do because she or he lacks confidence.

Billups was asked to reveal one thing that most people don’t get about this area of content. “Most people don’t understand the attitudes that young adults often have. They are faced with hard times and tough situations that they have to pull through.” She said, people don’t always understand. If they don’t understand, they can’t motivate because they have no clue as to what it takes to inspire. She also stated that people would have to put themselves into the shoes of young adults to understand some things.

Latrice Nelson, who works with young adults in and out of the class, said that in order for someone to understand and do well in this area they have to study the age group, personalities and what the young adults like. “A person has to have patience to work with as well as understand young people.” They both agreed that guiding and directing young adults towards the right path and gaining their trust is most important of all information shared.

When asked what big picture might a person miss if they were to get all caught up in the details around the content Mrs. Nelson said that everyone is on a different level and is motivated differently. “ If you get caught up in the details, a young person may get left behind and never become motivated.”

Seeing youth succeed and the growth as they get older knowing they were trained right is how Tiffany Billups describes the image that comes to her mind when she pictures how all information given fits together. Lastly, Tiffany was asked to give advice to someone to help him or her prepare for the barriers they might run into when applying this content. She simply replied, “I would tell them to keep the faith, have confidence in yourself and training received in this area. Keep your eyes on the prize and love what you do.”

To follow up with Mrs. Nelson and Tiffany Billups, you can contact them @ (803) 433 0046

Below is a cool info graphic, which shows, according to Tami Strang, how some young adults get through their busy days as professionals in their career field.


Photo Credit: Ashley Singletary
Information Credit: Tami Strand/ @blog.cengage.com

References

How Students Stay Motivated in College. (2014, April 28). Retrieved November 18, 2015, from http://blog.cengage.com/how-students-stay-motivated-college/