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Whether it’s an In-service for your school, Church event, Leadership conference, Not-for-Profit, Community/Civic group I can help your organization get started with a comprehensive mentoring strategy. I am passionate about helping you set the stage for a better future for our kids.


Mentoring is just one piece of the puzzle for building bridges between kids and communities. I’m also passionate about equipping individuals with effective training on the affects of trauma and how to connect to those who have disconnected.

Please view the Workshops below to learn how to create a community mentoring program, school-based mentoring program, or a student-to-student mentoring program. Or how you can learn to “Connect to the Disconnected”.


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

This one to two 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 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

Workshop:  Getting The Faith Community On-Board With Mentoring & How To Find Resources For A Mentoring Program (Appropriate For Faith-Communities)

This is the introductory portion of my “Bring IAM4kids to My Community” Consulting Package, but it’s a great stand-alone workshop for Faith Leaders looking to get started with a mentoring program.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to get the conversation started in creating a collaborative mentoring program between school and the faith-community.
  • The first steps to develop a pilot mentoring program.
  • Creating a mentoring leadership team and determining staff or layman led.
  • Unique ways to find funding for a sustainable mentoring program.

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


Workshop:  The Ins & Outs of Keeping The Identities Of Schools & The Faith Community Separate But Working Together (Appropriate For School Board)

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 exist for a common goal – to build a successful next generation.  The school and church are united in their goal to produce adults who know how to work hard, solve problems and lead good lives.

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 which is part of my bigger “Bring IAM4kids to Your Community” package or a stand-alone workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How schools can foster a relationship with the faith community to bring quality mentors and real results to vulnerable student’s lives.
  • The unique tactics we’ve used for more than 21 years through IAM4kids Mentoring to bring a hands-off mentoring program to your school.
  • How to connect with the faith-community to create a Faith-based mentoring program at no cost to the school.


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.

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.