There is always the bad stuff in the media about young people. Yesterday at Bayou Bacchanal (the West Indian Carnival) in New Orleans, I met a young lady Bridgja' Baker (13 years old) that will definitely go far and sets an example of what can be done.
I was looking at the jewelry on her table and taking a picture of the booth complimenting on how nice everything was when she handed me a postcard. As it turned out this young lady is the designer and owner of Creative Jewelry by Bridgeja'. She has been creating beautiful pieces since she was eleven, has been written up in the Times Picayune newspaper, sent a set to our First Lady, Michelle Obama and received a beautiful letter in return.
You can read her story and see some of her work on her website http://www.creativejewelrybybridgeja.com/. Meeting her mom I can see she has a positive force behind her, but this is what it will take to help turn our kids into positive forces and prepare them for the future. This young lady is already displaying and selling at large shows such as the annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. By the time she's ready for college she will be able to pay for her own. Now that's a smart kid!