Steve (164) aMentoring is just one piece of the puzzle for building bridges between kids and communities. I’m also passionate about equipping churches, schools, and state agencies on how to create an atmosphere for healing and connection with students who have been affected by trauma. I also have shared my story of hope with thousands of students.

Below is my 3 key approach to INSPIRE students of trauma with a message of hope, INSPIRE adults by training them to connect to students who have disconnected, and to INSPIRE faith-communities and school systems to develop a collaborative IAM4KIDS MENTORING PROGRAM. See inside of brochure below for overview.


Please view the Workshops below to select a specific workshop on how to 1.) connect to the disconnected 2) Learn how to create a collaborative mentoring program between the Faith-Community and School System 3) Create a teacher-led mentoring program 4) Create a student-to-student mentoring program 4) Create a church based mentoring program.

WORKSHOP: “How to Connect with the Disconnected” (Appropriate for any school, church or state agency who works with the at-risk student population).

This workshop provides insight into how trauma affects the body and the brain, compassion for those who have experienced trauma, Practical tools needed to create an atmosphere for connection and healing.  This workshop can be delivered in any format (1 to 3 sessions for Church conferences, Teacher In-services). This workshop covers

  • How worldview affects education and relationships
  • Healthy childhood development
  • How trauma affects brain and body
  • How to prevent childhood trauma and the keys to reversing
  • The 4 C’s to emotionally connecting to a child
    • Consistency
    • Caring through Listening
    • Communicating their value
    • Connecting to a healthy community

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Workshop:  Developing a Collaborative Mentoring Program. (The Ins & Outs of keeping the identities of school and the faith community separate but working together for prevention and student success.)

The relationship between the school system and the faith community is complicated in today’s society, but it doesn’t have to be.  These groups can work together under the same banner and common goal – to build a successful next generation.  Our approaches are different, but our goals are the same.  And I believe in the age of identity that we can respect the priorities and responsibilities placed on each entity and work together to help our children become the best they can be.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How schools and faith community can foster a healthy relationship to bring quality mentors and real results to vulnerable student’s lives.
  • How to get the conversation started in creating a collaborative mentoring program between school and the faith-community.
  • The roles of Faith-Community and School System
  • The first steps to develop a pilot mentoring program.
  • Creating IAM4kids affiliates with local Faith-Communities

If you’re ready to have a serious conversation about getting a mentoring program in your community, this workshop is the place to begin.

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Planning a Community Faith-Based forum with local pastors, not-for-profit agencies, the Lawrence County Substance Abuse Coalition, and local government. 

Workshop:  How To Rekindle The Connection with Students (Most Appropriate For Faculty/Staff Of Schools)

In this workshop, I’ll share how you can rekindle the connection between faculty, staff and students through the creation of an in-school mentoring program.  When a faculty and staff rediscover their passion for connecting with students, lives change.

Here’s a short video interview with Kathy Burns, principal of Leoma Elementary School, on the success of an in-school mentoring program that encapsulates the message of this workshop.


Workshop:  How To Create A Student To Student Mentoring Club (Most Appropriate For Students Who Desire To Know How To Mentor Other Students)

In this workshop, Steve will share how he helped students start community faith-based mentoring clubs and school sponsored mentoring clubs.  Even before Steve entered ministry, and fresh out of the Marine Corps he voluntarily started meeting with students at Hardees once a week before school for intentional mentoring.  Twelve years after moving to Tennessee students are still continuing to mentor students at the same Hardees with no organizational structure!  Upon moving to Tennessee, Steve has started multiple school sponsored clubs.  This student-led effort has impacted hundreds of students in his local school system and community and is one of the best methods for building unity and value in students we’ve found.  This presentation will be directed at students ready to make a meaningful impact in their school and/or community.   Steve will share a high-level look at how we started these programs and how these programs support themselves.

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Creating a School sponsored mentoring club ‘Kids Helping Kids’ at Lawrence County High School with local students.

Workshop:  How To Create A Church Mentoring Program. 

If you would like to learn how your Church can start a mentoring program for the students in your own congregation Steven has created mentoring programs, foster-grandparent programs and volunteer mentoring programs to provide mentors for those attending his Youth Group and Children’s Ministry. This is an effective way to serve struggling homes in your church by training your paid/volunteer staff on how to help students develop the cognitive skills, social skills, and support systems need to live out their faith.


If you haven’t found what you need or if you want to take the conversation further, please contact me via or 931-244-0945.  I look forward to speaking with you soon.