Powerful!

Powerful!

Please take a moment to read Chris Ramirez caption to this picture… POWERFUL!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s quite ironic that as I was reading this, I tried to hide my tears at coffee shops, the break rooms at work, and in my car in between shifts. This one broke me. It reminded me of many details in my life that determined the course of my personality: my actions, choices, and REactions.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Mr. Jason Wilson, thank you for heeding to the Lord’s call in your life. Despite all of the internal warfare, God gave you the same transformative power as those in the New Testament that heard “rise up and walk” to overcome circumstances and to simply, forgive. To love. To be intentional. To learn and love Truth. In today’s age, my generation of young men (as well as yours), sees this as a form of weakness as you so intricately unravel through your story.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I can’t tell you how many times I heard the phrases “oh stop being a b*!%#” or “you’re such a p***” for simply saying no, refusing to engage in an act that would result in someone else getting hurt, or showing more emotion than socially acceptable.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To my young men: I say this with the purest intentions; give up the façade. It’s hurting you, the ones closest to you, & causing you to harbor things the human heart was never meant to hold.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To my older folk who led us astray: we forgive you. And I say this with the biggest lump in my throat; we still love you. But what you taught us almost destroyed us. I say that not to cause shame, but from a regenerated heart pleading with you to come to terms with your unresolved traumas because what you do or say, MATTERS. It’s life-changing.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To my women: if any man around you is being too “emotional”, just know that for what ever the reason, the man was driven to an unbelievable low.. please don’t take advantage of him in that state. You play an incredibly significant role. He (we) need you more than ever in those times. Please continue welcoming us with gracious & merciful arms.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To all of my men who cry like men (I’ve tagged a few): thank you for exuding Christ-like humility in the face of adversity. Although stumbling.

Attention for Shoppers

March 5, 2021

Attention Target Shoppers If you are a member of the Member’s Circle please go vote for The Yunion! We have partnered with Target Circle. Target is giving guests an even more rewarding Target run! Say hello to Target Circle, a super-cool (and fast-growing) loyalty test…

Read More

High and Lows

March 5, 2021

This is weekly Friday Yunion Parent Check-In where Parents, caregivers, youth workers, etc… can check in with us and express their Highs and Lows. Also, get updates on what’s new with the Yunion.

Read More

Wellness Wednesday

March 3, 2021

Join us live every Wednesday in the month of March for “Wellness Wednesday” The month of March we’ll be addressing Mental Health Awareness with Dr. Shantalea Johns, Ed.D., LMSW ● Understand the effects trauma can have on a child’s development, behaviors, and functioning at home…

Read More

Discipline Without Love is Ineffective

March 1, 2021

When our CEO & Founder @mrjasonowilson started the Cave in 2008, he quickly discovered that our boys didn’t need more discipline… they need more LOVE.

Read More

Checking in with Parents

February 26, 2021

Checking in with Parents, care givers, educators, volunteers and any one that works youth.

Read More

Reach Them Before You Teach Them

February 25, 2021

Our Program Coordinator is presenting a training titled “Reach Them Before You Teach Them: Foundations of Effectively Relating to Students”. This training is on a national stage for new grant recipients of federal Sexual Risk Avoidance Education dollars. The session will explore the communication dynamics…

Read More

WE’RE HIRING!

February 24, 2021

WE’RE HIRING! Operations Coordinator – Full Time Executive Assistant – Full Time Facilities Manager – Part Time Data Entry Specialist- Part Time If interested send resumes to careers@theyunion.org or visit us at theyunion.org/careers/

Read More

Children learn more from what you are than what you teach

February 24, 2021

“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” – W.E.B. Dubois Parents are impactful. We affect our children’s emotions, self-esteem and their feelings of security. Our actions toward and in front of your children have a strong impact. It starts with behavior…

Read More

The Yunion is hiring

February 22, 2021

The Yunion is hiring, and we’re looking for skilled and passionate people like you to join our team. Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Operations Coordinator will assist with the management of the non-profit organization’s daily business activities and providing direct support to the…

Read More

Sticks & Stones

February 22, 2021

It’s something about having a Script come to life. We had our first in-person Table Read for the Yunion’s upcoming film “Sticks & Stones” in partnership with TBOP Media We had a great time and we can’t wait to get this production going. We Love…

Read More

Friday Parent Check-In

February 19, 2021
Read More

The Yunion is Hiring

February 18, 2021

The Yunion is hiring, and we’re looking for skilled and passionate people like you to join our team. If you’re interested email your resume to careers@theyunion.org or visit us at www.theyunion.org/careers

Read More

Did You Know?

February 18, 2021

Parents, “Did You Know?” Most adolescents support reserving sex for marriage, both in general and for themselves. Though it may seem that’s the opposite based on what we see in the media and from the culture. Parents continue to communicate with your child around these…

Read More

Growing up with your Parents

February 17, 2021

Parents, was this your mom growing up? Are you this parent today? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Read More

Build Strong Children Than Repair Broken Men

February 15, 2021

“It’s easier to build strong children than repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglas This statement is so true and we see it everyday in our work. Children start off with a light and innocence that comes natural to them. Over time we see life experiences…

Read More

Black History Month Part 2

February 10, 2021

If you missed the broadcast yesterday here is what you missed. For Black History Month, WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit is shining a spotlight on change-makers in our community, including our CEO & Founder Jason Wilson who is combining martial arts and life experiences to…

Read More

Blog Categories

SEARCH THIS BLOG: