Helping Kids at Risk through
the Ultimate Business University
Here in the Bay Area in California, we
have several pockets of impoverished communities. Children born to these
neighborhoods, like far to many in the United States, have to walk by daily
drug deals, gangs and the threat of their own safety.
Their parents know no other life. They
have no hope of ever living life any different than what they currently
In 1999 I met a young
woman who was married and had two children. She and her husband were experimenting
with drugs and risking their children's safety.
Unfortunately, they had never known any
other life and nothing with which to compare their life to. Everyone they
knew had the same lifestyle.
One day I asked her if
she was willing to give up her two daughters. Of course she insisted that
she would never do that. My answer was that it was exactly what she was
proposing to do unless she gave up the drugs immediately.
In February 2007 this
same young woman was my waitress at an upscale restaurant. She reminded
me of the story and thanked me for taking the time to talk with her 8 years
prior. No one else had taken the time to explain to her that she did have
choices and the path she was on was very destructive.
Simply intervening with
her interest at heart changed her life as well as the lives of her two
When one person steps
up to the challenge, others will follow.
The Ultimate Business University is designed
to help kids at risk. These children are not at fault they are living on
the streets. In fact, I can't even imagine how challenging their life at
home would be if they would choose to live on the streets rather than in
Maybe it isn't event their choice. Maybe
their parents are in jail, doing drugs on the streets or worse yet, have
Whatever the reason is, they must have
someone to go to bat for them. They have no idea how to overcome the odds
they are facing and without the help of the Ultimate Business University,
there will be 300 more children per year who are subjected to a life of
crime and the juvenile justice system, if not a life of crime and eventual
death, for being born to the wrong parents.