Good morning/evening, my name is Antonio Evans and I’d like to thank you all for my giving me the opportunity to share a little bit about myself and how the Memphis Business Community and IYSOC could create a mentorship program that will not only take care of the Youth’s financial needs but will also keep Youth from being incarcerated.
The main point of the program is to prevent Youth aged 13-21 from stealing and trying to get money the wrong way. If I had a mentorship program such as this one, one of my brothers wouldn’t be in jail today and possibly, neither would I.
Because of the home I lived in, with a mom who was on a drugs and a dad who was never there, my brother and I began to sell drugs. He would give me money to put away until we bought what we needed, which was never enough because of my mom’s constant drug addiction. She took the money we made and used it as a way of “relieving her stress” and bought more drugs to sustain her need.
Now the reason I say that is because I was once someone who got money the illegal way and if I can get money the wrong way at 12 and 13, any other 12 or 13 year old can as well. And that’s why we’re creating this mentorship program, to teach people how to get money the legal way by creating his/her own business to make their own money - the right way.