"Tearing down self-doubt, building up belief"

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-Website is currently in the works and will be by the end of June IG: latrelllevanduski Struggleb4Glory youtube: Latrell Levanduski

Date Started

March / 1st / 2018 This was the first day I sat down with associates and discussed the game plan for Struggleb4Glory, and ways we can make an impact. We spent a lot of time discussing unique ways we can provide consistent impacts to the people of the world who need it.

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

I grew up for the first 12 years of my life in a drug riddled home. The little food we had in the house was covered with maggots. I experienced physical pain, emotional pain and many more trials during my life. But I never thought about tapping out in life, in fact I decided I wanted to tap into life and overcome my trials and tribulations! That’s why ever since I was young I decided to apply myself and not become another statistic. It is because of my past, and acts by my now family, that I feel inspired to help ignite change and growth in others who feel down and out, growing up I didn't even have access to basic necessities, I was a kid who was quite about his issues. I was embarrassed. One of Struggleb4Glory's goals is to provide support and help for those kids with clothes, love, and opportunity. In addition, SBG aims to provide help for homeless by helping obtain skills to change.

2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

There's too many children scared, without proper support, there's too many teens throwing their lives away for drugs, and popularity, and there's too many people in general who don't believe they can achieve what they want in life. That used to be my problem, when I had to sleep outside at night by myself at 10 years old I used to believe this would be my life, my reality. Until I realized that I was in control of my life. SBG aims to give hope.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Through CONSISTENT involvement, SBG will dive into not just one but multiple communities over time and first give back to those communities in anyway possible (whichever way fits that community) then members of SBG will give inspiring speeches, and not only speeches, but we will be involved in various community building activities. One of which is a mentorship program which involves current and former college athletes. SBG athletes will be placed with youth athletes to surround those kids with positive role models who are not only college students, but also athletes balancing academics and their sport. When I was young even when I was the most angry for whatever reason, I would listen, and try to impress older athletes. The best way to help children grow is surround them with people they aspire to be, and some kids identify themselves with sports, as I did. SBG's college athlete mentor program is something that helps to connect kids with athletes they can learn from. From a life standpoint and a sporting standpoint. SBG is a group of "providers" with the support of some athletes at the professional level in the NFL SBG will provide people they need with tools they need to succeed.

4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

When it comes to creating change through speaking portion of SBG. I myself have had opportunities to speak high school students, athletes, and others all within my community about my story. When I have I have had countless people tell me how much I impacted their life just by speaking my story! That is what SBG aims to do. Our members share our stories to help inspire. Every story has a breaking point that either breaks or makes us. I have realized that connecting with others who want to share their story means we can make more impact simply by words and passion and most importantly love. Our college athlete mentor program is a new addition, but youth athletes that seem to be angry, lonely, or looking for guidance, or really any kid who feels that they would benefit form having an opportunity to be connected with an athlete at a higher level, will be connected with an athlete.

5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

There are plenty of programs that do a good job at providing support and inspiring others. But SBG's goal is to do the same by not only impacting lives but by impacting communities by hosting fitness events where people can come out and compete in friendly fitness competitions. Life is about living it to the fullest and becoming the best you possible. SBG is different because of the people that we surround ourselves with. Some of us are part of a family in Fitt University, directed by a man by the name of TJ Tyus. Who him himself has his own inspiring story, that has touched thousands of lives

6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Most of our difference has been made on the stage. Where I have some of my opportunities to speak life into people. For us, we have realized having the ability to use words for positive instead of negative, we can then ignite change and promote success. We will continue to make a difference by again, diving into more communities. The first step to promoting change in lives, and making a consistent impact is to indulge ourselves into those communities and get to know people personally so we can understand their struggle so we can help them reach their glory. Passion is what drives us, and also what has helped us make a difference.

7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

To reach the next level we need to reach more states. The goal is to be able to branch out into other states and dive into schools, and communities as a whole in order to reach a larger group of people. In addition, the team at SBG has been working on creating more content for our social media in order to reach out more globally and get us out there more. Our website will be up and running the end of June, and all social media platforms will be in full swing as we have more help to get our message out there. We are also working with connecting with a group called Charlotte Rising which is in my hometown. Connecting with them will allow us access to more resources to make changes.

8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?

We will need more funding for travel expenses, and funding for better video cameras so we can create better content for our social media platforms, as well as some funding for giving back. We have a plan to grow as an organization, and we know the exact type of people to bring on to the team to make change immediately.

9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support

10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.

We engaged others by showing how important it is to to know that we can be different then our environment. People support the movement, and want help us.

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Hi Latrell! I love how you took your personal experience and used it as a method to advocate for change. I can sense that you are already a model that kids in your community can aspire to. Wishing you and your project all the best!

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