John House, a BETF Person of Courage

 

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John House grew up with 6 brothers and sisters in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. His family was typical of most families at the time living month-to-month to make ends meet. They alternated between months where all the bills could be paid and months where they needed help from food stamps.

As a kid, John stood out as a straight A student in school. His parents stressed that education was the key to getting out of poverty. John was also a good athlete playing baseball, basketball and soccer. He always dreamed of going to college on a sports scholarship.

However things change around the time he turned 13. John moved in with his older brother a few miles away because his parents house was full. His sisters had become teenage moms and were now living at home with their new families.

A short while later his parents got divorced and John moved back in with his father to take care of his younger brother while their dad went to work. Their neighborhood was a tough one with regular gang violence and shootings. On multiple occasions as a teenager John had been shot at and personally witnessed friends and strangers getting shot.

Once in high school things got progressively worse. John faced pressure from various gangs and individuals to sell drugs, steal cars for cash and commit violent crimes. He had stopped going to school and gave up on any hope of going to college. It was at this point when he witnessed a fatal shooting from 2 feet away that John knew he had to do something different.

Fortunately John’s dad decided he couldn’t afford to keep the house they grew up in anymore and moved to a cheaper suburb of Dallas. John quickly got a job at an office supply store. About 6 months later John’s dad decided to kick him out of their apartment. So at 17, John was now out on his own and working full time.

This adversity actually gave him more encouragement to succeed. He vowed to himself to show his family and the world that he could get the college degree he dreamed of as a kid. So John took his high school equivalency test and then enrolled in the local community college. He worked full-time during the day and went to classes from 5-10 p.m. every night.

After 2 years John had enough credits and a high enough GPA to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin to study civil engineering. From there he went on to join the Air Force and served 8 years in the public affairs and marketing career fields. After leaving the Air Force, John used his GI Bill benefits to get a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Maryland University College and a Masters in Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.

John continued his career outside of the military working as a manager and director at various companies and government agencies. In 2013 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and required major surgery to remove the tumor. The recovery process was going to take 6-12 months. During this time he was let go by his employer. So at this point John had a wife and 3 children to support and no job. He also didn’t know if his cancer had already spread to other internal organs or exactly what his future held if he had to receive more treatment.

So John’s family sold their house and everything they owned and moved to England, where his wife was originally from. Less than a year later another tumor was found in his lymph nodes, but luckily it was away from any vital organs and easily removed with surgery.

John continued his recovery in England and almost by necessity started his own business because of the need to have job flexibility. This ended up being a blessing in disguise. John discovered that he could actually make money at doing the things he really enjoyed and was naturally good at.

He started his marketing agency with one client and built up new clients 1-at-a-time through referrals. He quickly leveraged his initial business relationships to take on more work and expanded from marketing consulting to market research and social media marketing. His company now does work for small and medium sized businesses, as well as performing marketing campaigns for bigger brands like KFC and Starbucks.

Today, John House is the Owner and Managing Director of Pintrical, a marketing agency based in England. On his way to becoming an entrepreneur, John has overcome poverty, surviving gang related violence, being a high-school dropout and most recently pancreatic cancer.

 

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Education Reform Won’t Help YOUR Child 

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If your child is struggling freshman in one of the many less affluent, high schools across Connecticut where overall achievement and test scores lag behind those in more well-to-do school districts, there is no help on the horizon.

Any solutions are still years away. By the time those solutions arrive, many of today’s freshman will have either graduated lacking the skills to compete in college and career, or dropped out to be caught the social service or justice systems.

The recent ruling of Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher in CCJEF v. Rel concluded that “the state of education in some towns is alarming” and that “egregious gaps exist between rich and poor districts.”

That ruling is being appealed and who knows when that appeal will be won or lost.

After that, our elected officials still have to formulate and pass a plan to fund schools more fairly and in such a way as to get more help to students in low income areas. Then find the money to actually put that plan into action, all during a time when Connecticut is facing a massive budget deficit and school funding is cut rather than increased.

In short, if your high school aged child is currently on the wrong side of the education achievement gap,  good luck. He or she better figure out how to succeed in hard circumstances because there is little or no help coming in the near future.

Joseph Cirasuolo, executive director of Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents summed up the situation best when he said,

“The state makes decisions on funding every year, and unless they’re obligated by some court order there’s no proposal anyone can make that over the next few years says, ‘This is what we’re going to spend on education,’”

His comment was made recently during a meeting of leaders from five state education advocacy groups.

Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, Connecticut Association of Public School SuperintendentsConnecticut Association of Schools, and Connecticut Council for Education Reform.

According to the experts, the best we can hope for is some sort of policy change over the next few years.

What about the thousands of children who are in school right now?

Shouldn’t someone be something to help them?

At the very least, shouldn’t someone be offering these students a way to try and help themselves while the “cavalry” is trying to build a roadmap to find them and to buy horses to reach them?

Fortunately there is at least one organization that is helping students to overcome this adversity and help themselves now.

 

Wayne Winsley is Executive Director of Brave Enough To Fail, a nonprofit student motivational program. To interview Mr. Winsley or learn more email wayne@BraveEnoughToFail.org or visit http://www.BraveEnoughToFail.org

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Bridgeport Students Left to Fend for Themselves

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The recent article in Ct.Post by Linda Conner Lambeck “Bridgeport Schools brace for potential cuts” raises all sorts of questions and concerns. How is it that Math and Literacy could even be considered to be on the block for any school district?

This is yet another example of students basically being left to find their own way to succeed in a system that is being put in the position of offering students less help instead of more.

One organization is stepping in to offer students some bootstraps with which to pull themselves up.

Brave Enough to Fail, a CT non-profit working to incentivize students to excel in school has developed the Brave Enough to Write program (BETW), specially to address to the growing gap, as well as to off set devastating budget cuts, as proposed in Bridgeport.

The BETW program will be a self-publishing platform, tied to English curriculum that allows students of all ages to write and publish their own stories, and read the stories of their peers. Students within the program will be eligible to win various enrichment scholarships and the school or organization the student comes from will receive a matching scholarship.

While we know that writing is a rewarding activity and can have serious impact on self-esteem and confidence, the BETW program’s aim is to not only help build confidence and self-esteem, but to work to off-set devastating budget gaps by providing students access to educational opportunities as well as funding.

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As Budget Woes Worsen Schools and Students Pick up The Tab

 

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In his OpED in the Sunday’s Hartford Courant; First Selectman of Trumbull, Tim Herbst outlines the ways in which proposed cuts will effect schools and students throughout CT.

As Selectman Herbst states “It is sickening and it is time for a change.” The question however is what does that change look like? Can we the people wait for our elected officials to correct the issues facing our state, our towns, our schools and our students or will waiting make it too late for an entire generation of students?

Brave Enough To Fail (BETF) a Non-profit organization is seeking an immediate solution to this devastating problem. Currently BETF provides schools and students with presentations and scholarships geared toward empowering students to succeed.

The solution is Brave Enough To Write (BETW) a platform in which students are encouraged to self-publish their own literature. Through the program students can share their stories and read the stories of their peers. Participating students will be given the on-going chance to win enrichment scholarship through the program. The program will be directly tied to English Curriculum.

Through the BETW platform we will be able to address some of the potential damage of the proposed budget cuts from Governor Dan Malloy. Students will be able to participate in a program that advances their English and writing skills, increases self-confidence and provides scholarships to help further their enrichment. Organizations with participating students will be eligible to win matching enrichment grants to help off-set budget short falls. So if a student wins, the organization or school system they are from wins.

As Selectman Herbst says “it is time for a change” and BETF through the BETW program is actively working on this change!

 

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Education Gap and Funding Crisis in CT

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As detailed in the November 14th article by Kevin Schultz of The Hour “In Norwalk, faith leaders call for school funding fix” the state of Connecticut has a major issue. The achievement gap is increasing in our state and educational funds are decreasing in large as Rev Carl McCluster states due to “the cancerous funding formula” in the state.

Brave Enough to Fail (BETF), a Non-profit organization is seeking an immediate solution to this devastating problem. Currently BETF provides schools and students with presentations and scholarships geared toward empowering students to succeed.

To answer the larger call that so many CT leaders have voiced, BETF is forming the Brave Enough To Write (BETW) platform. This platform will provide students with access to a self-publishing platform. The platform will be tied in current English Curriculum. Students will be able to write their own stories, read the stories of their peers and win scholarships in the process to further their enrichment.

Writing promotes confidence. Seeing one’s work published promotes confidence and winning scholarships promotes confidence and helps fund further education. The BETW program is designed to lessen the educational gap and to address some of the current funding issues. When a student wins, the school/organization they are a part of wins.

As Representatives from across the state make a case for a rational funding formula, we can help students NOW.

It is BETF’s hope that the leaders talking about this issue; Lenore Jordan, Lindsay Curtis, Deborah Fludd, Henry Floyd, Bruce Morris, Gail Lavielle, and Bob Duff work with us to create this amazing program.

Author: Matthew A. Connell, EdD., MBA.                                                                                 Advisory Board member, Brave Enough to Fail Inc.

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Source article for this post: In Norwalk, faith leaders call for school funding fix By Kevin Schultz

BETF Person of Courage: Lisa Lynn

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Lisa Lynn used belief and desire to overcome her personal struggle to become healthy and fit. Overcoming that adversity led to a thriving business.

The spirit of LynFIT

Lisa had the courage to set goals and the determination to stick to those goals.

The result is LynFit Nutrition.  now She was successful not because she had a lot of money or fancy tricks but because she believed in what she was doing and out of her burning desire to help others who struggled with their weight and are plagued with low self esteem that negatively affects every area of their lives .

The secret to Lynn’s success began  with a personal struggle to become healthy & fit and to overcome a battle with her weight.

“My struggles have taught me that we can do anything and that any thing is possible .

We don’t have to stay stuck we can become anything we want to be and do anything we set our minds to without limitation and it all starts with the dream in our hearts .”

LynFIT is built & based on this life changing  transformation principal.

Transformation means xxxxx

And it starts inside of us

“My company is not a nameless faceless organization

My entire business /LynFIT is  run by real people who have their own hopes and dreams and we all believe that we are all here for a reason .

My personal mission is to help as many people as humanly possible become healthier and live happier lives one pound at a time one day at a time .

My dream is to do great things for people and  make reaching their fitness & weight loss goals faster and easier by removing the obstacles that stop them.

I am relentlessly determined  to make the healthiest best tasting products that taste so delicious that  they replace the cravings for the wrong foods with a healthier alternative .”

Lisa Lynn had the courage to risk failure in pursuit of her dreams and goals.

Lisa Lynn is now one of the nation’s elite trainers and performance nutrition specialists.

Lynn’s motto:

Believe … begin … become.

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Follow Lisa Lynn on Twitter @lisalynnfitness

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The mission of Brave Enough to Fail is to inspire young people with the courage to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams.

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Don’t Let CT’s Children Fall into the Gap

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“Always Strive for excellence, no matter what you do. Excellence will overcome prejudice, poverty, and adversity every time.”

When I heard those words spoken by the father of my best friend, I was a fourteen year old black kid wandering the streets of Cleveland Ohio. I was a repeat eighth grader who hadn’t attended school regularly for a year. Statistically I was too old to be reachable and was on a one-way path to either a prison cell or a cemetery plot.

But that simple message helped motivate me to make better choices and have the courage to follow my dreams.

I managed to get an education, even in the substandard inner city schools that I attended, and become a productive citizen in the country that I love. After serving in the United States Navy, I enjoyed a fantastic 20 year career as a radio newscaster and talk show host, ran for U.S. Congress, and now I am a teacher inspiring and educating my middle school students.

That is how I know that on any given day the right message, from the right person, can change the trajectory of a child’s life.

That is why I am convinced that we can break the cycles of poor achievement and poverty for many of our young people here in Connecticut.

There are more than 206,000 students in Connecticut public schools who are classified as poor, based on their family’s income level.

“Teachers, principals, superintendents, and others connected to some of the state’s lowest-achieving schools took turns testifying during a recent trial about the trauma and poverty their students face – and the shortage of resources they say they have with which to help.”

We are reaching out help some of those students to help themselves.

“In Bridgeport and Hartford, two of the largest school districts in the state, only a quarter of the students are reading at grade level and half are significantly behind.”

Our mission is to help change those numbers for the better.

The Tauck Family Foundation, a private foundation that invests in the development of children from low-income families in Bridgeport, reports that students in low-performing schools are five times more likely to drop out of high school than those in high-performing schools.

One high school in Stamford has nearly 200 repeat freshmen who are high risk to drop out.

  Our goal is to inspire those students not to give up on themselves.                                           We will be a lifeline of motivation and resources that these students can hold onto over the next four years to help pull themselves out and over their circumstances and fulfill their dreams.

We are also launching leadership programs for students as young as 4th and 5th grade.

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Our children can’t wait for the grownups to to get their act together.

The decision of Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell came over 10 years after the case was brought to court in 2005. The appeal could take even longer and after that, the politicians have to fight about exactly how to go about helping the children caught on the wrong side of the achievement gap. How many years will that take?

What about the thousands and thousands of children struggling in our failing schools now?

Far too many of our young people are leaving poor school systems unable to break the cycle of poverty and ending up in prison or in the social services safety net.

You can help change that.

Can our student motivational program save every student? Of course not.

But can it save SOME students by inspiring them with the courage and determination to overcome the odds and succeed even in so-called failing school systems?

The answer is YES!

Is saving the future of even a few of these children worth the effort?  Is it worth doing?

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If your answer is yes,  please give as much as you can right now.                                    

Your donation could literally change the destiny of a child.

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Executive Director, Brave Enough to Fail Inc.

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Ct Mirror When Poverty Permeates the Classroom  by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

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Brave Enough to Fail seeks to increase the number of young people who have the education, courage, and self-confidence to pursue their dreams, and capitalize on the opportunities offered by America.

Upwards of 40 percent of high school students are chronically disengaged from school, according to a National Research council report on motivation.

The National Association of State Boards of Education agrees that Students who are more motivated and engaged in their own education perform better in school.

More affluent private and public schools regularly host speakers and programs to reinforce the educational message and increase student engagement.

Less affluent and in most cases, lower performing schools lack the budget to provide these services even though they openly express a desperate need and desire for them.

Thus ironically, the very students who need motivation and inspiration most and would benefit the most, have almost zero access because their schools can’t afford it.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. addresses this problem by providing it’s service at no cost to schools or students.

Your generous donations directly impact the lives of students by providing

  • Dynamic in-school motivational presentations
  • Exposure to educational & career opportunities based on individual student preference
  • Hardcover copies of inspirational photo books and other materials for participating students
  • Academic scholarships designated specifically to each participating school

Thanks to your gift and others like it, Brave Enough To Fail is well on the way to becoming the #1 student motivational program in America.

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Thank you so very much for your generosity and support 

 

Wayne Winsley
Founder & President,
Brave Enough To Fail Inc.

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Brave Enough to Fail seeks to increase the number of young people who have the education, courage, and self-confidence to pursue their dreams, and capitalize on the opportunities offered by America.

Upwards of 40 percent of high school students are chronically disengaged from school, according to a National Research council report on motivation.

The National Association of State Boards of Education agrees that Students who are more motivated and engaged in their own education perform better in school.

More affluent private and public schools regularly host speakers and programs to reinforce the educational message and increase student engagement.

Less affluent and in most cases, lower performing schools lack the budget to provide these services even though they openly express a desperate need and desire for them.

Thus ironically, the very students who need motivation and inspiration most and would benefit the most, have almost zero access because their schools can’t afford it.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. addresses this problem by providing it’s service at no cost to schools or students.

Your generous donations directly impact the lives of students by providing

  • Dynamic in-school motivational presentations
  • Exposure to educational & career opportunities based on individual student preference
  • Hardcover copies of inspirational photo books and other materials for participating students
  • Academic scholarships designated specifically to each participating school

Thanks to your gift and others like it, Brave Enough To Fail is well on the way to becoming the #1 student motivational program in America.

DONATE NOW

Thank you so very much for your generosity and support 

Wayne Winsley
Founder & President,
Brave Enough To Fail Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is our Mission

Brave Enough To Fail works to increase the number of young people who are empowered with the courage and self-confidence to pursue their dreams.

This is our Motivation

The educational achievement gap, especially between low-income & minority students and their more affluent peers is widening.

Fewer young people are leaving school fully educated and empowered with the spirit of self-determination needed to succeed and even excel in the modern workforce and marketplace.

Upwards of 40 percent of high school students are chronically disengaged from school, according to a National Research council report on motivation.

The National Association of State Boards of Education agrees that Students who are more motivated and engaged in their own education perform better in school.

This is our Method

Brave Enough To Fail is a motivational program that empowers young people to realize their dreams and full potential through educational achievement, courage, and persistence..The program provides a launch-pad towards success with exposure to educational and career opportunities, and academic scholarships. The goal is to cultivate a generation of competent, self-assured, young people who have the tools to succeed.

This is our Impact

Brave Enough To Fail increases student engagement by inspiring students with the courage to believe in themselves and their dreams, motivating them to invest in their education as a way to make those dreams a reality.

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