Thank you for attending the September Accelerent Breakfast powered by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance.
I would like to thank my Accelerent Partners and their guests for embracing the Accelerent nonprofit initiative launched in January 2013. As a collective, we have made an impact in our community and have provided support to several local nonprofit organizations. At the breakfast in September we asked you to engage with KCPT Public Television 19. Today I want to shift your attention to Higher M-Pact.
Higher M-Pact’s founder, Tyrone Flowers, can spot a leader amongst a group of high-risk youth a mile away. Unfortunately, they are usually leading in the wrong direction. Tyrone will tap those youth and engage them in Higher M–Pact’s programs, thus changing the direction in which they are leading…hence changing their lives. That is what they do: they transform high-risk urban youth into tomorrow’s leaders; leaders in their communities and leaders in their families.
Higher M-Pact’s core client base consists of high-risk urban youth ages 11-18. Many of these youth were told they’d never amount to anything because they’d be dead or incarcerated before adulthood. Most are so consumed with meeting their daily needs that they never think about what tomorrow could hold – let alone their hopes and dreams 20 years from now.
The typical high-risk urban youth are born out of wedlock and are living in a matriarchal household; They experience and witnesses violence, incarceration and death on a frequent basis in their homes and communities; They are chronically truant from school and often placed on long-term suspension; Their day-to-day activities are the focus of life, rather than the future; And their primary relationships are with peers.
Higher M-Pact intervenes by motivating and engaging these youth through intense, long-term mentoring and positive guidance to break this negative pattern. They help them transform obstacles into opportunities and create a solid foundation for a successful future.
I mentioned that Tyrone Flowers engages the high risk urban youth into Higher M-Pacts programs. Well, A few weeks ago Haas & Wilkerson was honored to receive the Higher M-Pact Career Explorers into our building for a few hours. Not sure what to expect, we were nervous! Upon their arrival, Ryan and I introduced ourselves and told them a little bit about our educational backgrounds and how it came to be that we are now third generation leaders of an independently owned insurance company. Our nerves were quickly calmed as we informally got to know the very polite and well-dressed young men.
From there, members of our staff escorted the Explorers on a tour through our building making sure to visit all aspects of the business operation and taking time to talk to various department Managers, Account Executives, Account Managers, Producers, Processors, and even the CFO. I was so excited to see the Explorers engaging with our staff by asking great questions and it was rewarding to listen to our staff speak with pride about their educational backgrounds, job duties, and what it is like to work at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance.
Upon completing the tour, Ryan and I sat back down with the Explorers and presented a little Insurance 101. We then welcomed questions as we at pizza and sipped soda. As the Explorers prepared to leave the building, we rang the bell and as a staff we thanked Higher M-Pact for allowing Haas & Wilkerson Insurance the opportunity to share our stories with the Career Explorers.
The time we spent together was invaluable. Today, I would like to invite you and your business to have a similar experience by joining the growing list of area companies who have shared their place of business and employees with the youth of Higher M-Pact.
Thank you for helping Higher M-Pact with their mission to instill hope and inspiration in the lives of high risk urban youth and every life they encounter.