Lifting Inspirations is a vision of mine that combines my life passions, qualifications and experiences into a set of youth-empowering programs and services. I am a lifelong fitness athlete. I began a form of bodybuilding as a kid while competing in swimming. I have lifted weights as a means to stay strong and fit, to release stress and maintain physical and mental health. While working in Nairobi, Kenya, I trained with an athlete on the Kenyan weight lifting team, learning more about muscle group isolations and proper form. I was even more inspired after watching him compete in the All-Africa games. Here in Charlotte, I began competing in bodybuilding 10 years ago, and became certified in Ultimate Body Building through the International Association of Fitness Sciences. I am also certified in Neurosequential Model in Sport (NM-Sport; the study of trauma therapeutics and healing principles through sports).
My work experiences include research and youth outreach for gang and gun violence intervention through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). I co-led a Mecklenburg County sponsored children’s program and designed and directed a Youth Leadership Academy with PSN funding. Both programs primarily served Black children and youth. My trauma-focused work and training is an outgrowth of my childhood experience with trauma. Within my doctoral studies in Urban Education, I specialized in trauma from exposure to violence, racism and other life adversities among Black male secondary students, and culture-affirming, healing-oriented trauma interventions. I thus combine my passion and experiences in weight lifting, bodybuilding competition, trauma and youth violence intervention to create this company with programs to serve all male youth ages 7-19, with special focus on Black males from conditions vulnerable to trauma.
My education and training have prepared me to design programs that are culture-affirming, and, where needed, include trauma-responsive interventions particularly for children and youth exposed to violence, and racial and social injustice as well as other life adversity. Apart from these, I love to dance and to enjoy music, movies, cultural events and outdoor activities with family and friends.
Some examples of my youth programs and projects include:
Photo by: Keith Layne Photography, 2023
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