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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Why This Black Non-Profit Organization Refuses to Give At-Risk Youth Free Backpacks and School Supplies

Orrin Hudson

Orrin Hudson teaching at-risk youth life lessons at a recent back-to-school success rally

Atlanta, GA — Orrin C. Hudson, founder of Be Someone (www.BeSomeone.org), does a lot for inner city children. But during back-to-school season, he refuses to donate free backpacks and school supplies. He comments, “Providing free backpacks and school supplies is a temporary solution to a prominent crisis, but what my organization is doing is long-term. I believe that we should invest in intellectual capital for young people because that is what creates the highest return.”

When Hudson says “intellectual capital,” he is referring to training young people to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills. “We can’t keep treating the symptoms of what’s wrong in our urban communities; We need to treat the root problem,” he adds.

His Be Someone organization does just that. To date, using the game of chess, he has trained more than 55,000 young people across the country.

Most recently, on Saturday, August 5th, his organization held a “Bread for the Head” back-to-school success rally that jumpstarted and motivated more than 100 local Atlanta students to do their absolute best. He chose “Bread for the Head” as the theme to indicate how important it is for youth to feed their brains, and develop brain power.

The students participated in a series of life-size chess games, played “What if” games that taught them how to identify hidden opportunities, shared various inspirational quotes, and learned a new motivational rap song called “Get in the Game”.

One of the quotes that Hudson shared with them was: “Pants up, grades up, and never give up.”

Other quotes he shared with them included, “Every master was once a disaster;” “My mind is a pearl and I can change the world;” and “Six magic words that start with a ‘T’ – “Take time to think things through.”

Both parents and students who attend the event said it was a powerful day! “I am more encouraged and determined to be the change I want to see. 2017 and beyond is about empowerment. I will only surround myself and my children with positivity,” said one parent.

Hudson told the audience, “Every move you make must be a credit not a debit. So, make sure what you’re doing is bringing value, and giving – not taking! You can not get arrested for giving. You only can get arrested for taking, so become a giver because giving is an investment.”

For more details about Orrin C. Hudson and his Be Someone organization, visit www.BeSomeone.org


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