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West Michigan Leadership Council Event December 8, 2016, " God's Not Dead" Movie Showing @ Celebration North Cinema, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Leadership is about communication. It’s leading people towards a positive destination.
The world appears to be watching us, so we have to be unified and put our best foot forward. Here’s the piece that all our youth need to understand:
Roman’s 12:2 tells us, “don’t be conformed to this world.” In other words, we can be in this world, but not of this world. Most people don’t have a clue to what this means. “Of this world,” would apply to using the system of the world. We believe there is a better system to follow and we can still do it by not being “of this world.”
Since I have been in this business, and another business prior to this one, I have always had people telling me “what I should do,” and “where I should go,” “this is a better way of doing it.” “Why are you doing that”? People are always trying to use their conventional wisdom to guide and direct people toward what they think is a successful outcome. It’s hard to fault those kind of people.
Another way of looking at that same scenario is when people behave this way subconsciously. Always trying to get people off their game….off the right tract. Getting them some place where they get stuck. All for the wrong reasons of competition and making money. There came a time when I had to reach inside and learn to think for myself and to be able to use my God given, intuitive instincts to make those important decisions. And to understand, that God is not teaching us those strategies that consists of the world, but those spiritual strategies that are much more effective than worldly strategies.
For it is this reason that I feel AIME of West Michigan is in the right ballgame. We are not following those strategies of the world. Please, I am not saying we can’t get good advice from those people who have accomplished what we are trying to accomplish. But we must understand, in order to be convicted and understand the true principles that govern our choices, we must look intrinsically to our spiritual, intuitive awareness and qualify those truths that help us manage our endeavors and our lives.
We cannot have the older generation quit on the younger generation. It’s their world that they will inherit. We have to give them a better world. We knew this course of action was not going to be easy. However, the effort will be worth it for generations to come.
Last thought provoking question…
”If not us, who? If not now, when” ?
We Have The Process For Preparing People For Life!
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AIME's WHY for creating:
1. A Curriculum of Intrinsic Learning of Self
2. The West Michigan Leadership Council
3. Starlight Community Conference Center And Eventually…
4. An Urban Church – Attached to it the true Gospel of Jesus Christ
First Reason Why: Doing this for Adolescents and Young Adults – Building Student Leaders through the Influence of Youth and Peers; and Addressing and Solving Needs and Issues of Development of self; and Helping Adolescents and Young Adults to Positively build Community.
Second Reason Why: Bringing more Meaning, Purpose and Health-Wellness and Fitness in to people’s lives.
Third Reason Why: Through Leadership, bringing Unification, Teamwork and Comradery to Adolescents and Young Adults. Learning sessions to discussions, collaborations and learning sessions.
Fourth Reason Why: Addressing Community Problems and Issues and Helping Adolescents and Young Adults to Work Effectively with Community.
Fifth Reason Why: For Adolescents to Learn the Leadership Process that will Help and Assist them in Business and Political Affairs of their Future.
Sixth Reason Why: For Adolescents and Young Adults to Learn and Assist in the Awareness, Knowledge, Insights and Wisdom for the Improvement and Cohesiveness of our Two Party System. (Very important… Why we are training Adolescents and Young Adults in Transformation Leadership)
Seventh Reason Why: Teaching and Facilitating the most effective Leadership Theories and Strategies. This is the West Michigan Leadership Council’s primary purpose.
We Have The Process For Preparing People For Life!
Call Us Today (616) 248-8022
Why is personal Leadership so important in Life? What do we need to do to strengthen our Leadership in our schools and communities?
What we are aspiring to do is bring in the concept of Transformation Leadership, through Intrinsic Learning of students and staff; in a region of 51 schools, in Western Michigan. We are doing this through a Leadership organization, called West Michigan Leadership Council. We are training and empowering student leaders in Personal and Transformation Leadership that will be uplifting and a true asset to schools and communites. A Leadership Council, consisting of an Executive Board learning and applying Leadership skills and talents can only enhance, improve and strengthen schools and its communities. It can also help improve our political system.
My name is Ben Wilkes. I am the founder and CEO of the West Michigan AIME Association. I was a Teacher, Coordinator, and Director for the Grand Rapids Public Schools, in Grand Rapids Michigan for over 30 years.
I was able to work with "at risk" students in my teaching career. I was able to coordinate a program that allow me to create a process to work with offenders/ex-offenders, along with inmates from the Kent County Jail system. The curriculum was referred to as 'Life Inventory" and it dealt with helping youth and young adults find Self Awareness and addressed their Self Image and Self Esteem, towards a postive and healthy state. It was the result of these experiences that helped me write a new curriculum, called the "Intrinsic Leadership Development Curriculum" and launch the West Michigan AIME Association.
From 2003 to 2008, I directed all of the student Leadership intiatives for the Grand Rapids Public Schools, both middle school and high school. I had an Executuve Board that reached out to (32) schools, in the West Michigan community, for the purpose of networking. It was during this period that I saw real Leadership coming out of these students.
If you can envision the magnitude of a Leadership organization, called "West Michigan Leadership Council," and what this council could actually accomplish throughout the schools and communities of West Michigan, then you can understand why we are on the "Go Fund Me" website.
We have our first kick off Conference on May 6, 2016 and a Leadership camp this July for our Executive Board Leaders. Both the Conference and the Leadership camp are in need of funds to help support this Leadership model. We believe this is a community affair.
Monies for the Conference would be for a conference room, food, speakers, materials and printing costs.
Monies for the Leadership Camp consists of lodging, food, trainng fees, materials and printing costs.
We are honored and excited to bring this kind of organization to the West Michigan community.
We have also found a way to help sustain this initiaitve. Of course, getting off the launch pad is the most crucial. For this is the reason we are reaching out to community through the "Go Fund Me" program. You, the donor, can be a part of this important initiative.
Thank You! And God Bless You!
C. Benjamin Wilkes, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
West Michigan AIME/Leadership Council
How do you make the world a better place? A daunting task to come up with something that everyone will agree upon. Yet there comes a time when it is necessary to take on such a journey and do your part in making yourself better first. Then as you begin to change you will at once start to see the world better and more than that…best. Come along for the journey!
C. Benjamin Wilkes is the founder of AIME Association Of West Michigan. His love and passion for helping others become empowered individuals has led him to develop this organization which is reaching others through education, learning &