The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! The name of this mystery nonprofit organization??? *drumroll please*
(big thank you to E-Jay Designs for the graphic design work on the logo)
Yes, Be. One syllable. Two letters. Conventionally used as a verb. Be.
Sounds silly, I know. But go with me here:
This had been in the works for months. The ideas were flowing, but the name just wouldn’t come to me. We started off with “D.A.R.E (Dreamers Achieve Remarkable Excellence) to Be”, and hundreds of names later I believe we left off with Dream to Be. But, I still wasn’t satisfied. I thought about it more and came up with Beyond the Dream, but of course it too had already been used.
Every name we brainstormed was associated with dreaming, higher achievement, but also the action word (verb) BE. Those with the word be, were the ones that really stuck out to me. So one night after our first board meeting, I was at home on my sofa, writing and talking to Ashley and I said “I’m just gonna call it Be.” We laughed, then I said, “Really…. Be.”
Such a simple word, but it can be very powerful, pivotal, and influential. By definition, be means to exist, occur, or take place. Be, precedes popular commands. “Be great.” “Be you.” “Be inspired.” “Be different.” It’s a challenging word… “To be or not to be.” Ghandi says: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” I started asking myself what did God command or challenge us to do, where he tells us to be… I remembered ,”And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
We had an established mission statement, so let’s revisit it: Encourage and nurture youth to live above their socially-imposed limitations; to develop their character, talents, and leadership skills, allowing them to go beyond a dream and achieve remarkable excellence. Now I’m far from an evangelist, but I can tell you from whence my help cometh and my ultimate source of reference *cues Hezekiah Walker and the Baptist church organ* this is MY interpretation of Romans 12:2 and all the confirmation I needed.
So let’s translate more…
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world (live above socially-imposed limitations), but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think (develop character, talents, and leadership skills). Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (allowing them to go beyond a dream and achieve remarkable excellence). That’s it… Be. A Nonprofit Youth Development Organization.
Mission: To encourage and nurture youth to live above their socially-imposed limitations; to develop their character, talents, and leadership skills allowing them to go beyond a dream and achieve remarkable excellence.
Vision (tagline): Beyond a dream, choose to be.™
Whatever higher power you believe in, I think we can all agree that life has thrown us a few curve balls that prevent many people from living out their dreams. Our goal is to help the youth go beyond those setbacks and achieve nothing less than excellence.
Your Call to Action: The Challenge to Be!!!
Today, we launch The Challenge to Be. A fundraiser campaign to generate the money needed to file our application with the IRS and be recognized as an official nonprofit organization as well as money to fund our first service projects. More importantly, this campaign is the start of a movement! By taking the challenge to be, you will receive a t-shirt, making a bold statement that you pledge to live life through the lens of your wildest dreams, not allowing setbacks (socially-imposed limitations) stop you from achieving anything less than excellence.
No worries ladies, women’s style shirts are also available! :-)
75 shirts in 14 days, which would give us nearly $900 to get started transforming the lives of youth in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area. I’m expecting to far exceed this goal. At the end of 2 weeks I hope to look at the campaign page and see hundreds of shirts sold across the state and the rest of the US.
Share this challenge with family, friends, co-workers, students, someone going through a struggle, literally ANYandEVERYbody. Tweet it. Facebook it. Instagram it. Email it. I challenge you to challenge yourself and others to go beyond a dream and choose to be.
Join the movement today at www.booster.com/thechallengetobe!