Mission & Philosophy
Why Accelerate Youth?
AY was initiated to address a major gap in leadership education and personal empowerment. Most people never realize being human is an almost ‘supernatural’ possibility – with virtually no limit to the amazing ways we can learn, love, grow and create. Many have demonstrated this, and modern science is showing the incredible responsiveness of our bodily systems to how we manage them. We are also endowed with the powers of choice and creativity which are essentially limitless. Therefore our potential for good – our power to make the world how we want it to be – how it needs to be - is tremendous but barely recognized and rarely exercised. People should be ecstatic knowing the potential of each and every one of us to create desirable change toward a thriving world. However, the predominant influences in society frequently leave people feeling powerless over their own lives, and even less equipped to impact the world and the course of humanity’s future. This sense of powerlessness leads to a sense of hopelessness, fear, and even resentment. These experiences in turn lead to violence, depression, apathy, and destruction. There is simply no need for it. WE CAN CHANGE!
Accelerate Youth represents an awareness of the truth: we can gain mastery over ourselves toward beautiful ends, and the world is ours to shape. It is not too late. It is not too much. It is time to wake up to what it really means to be human. It is time to learn and grow and strive together so everyone can experience the magnificence of life! For this to occur it asks that people simply do what they can - no more. It also requires great leadership at all levels of society, and at this time there just aren't enough people with the wisdom. clarity and commitment to bring our society forward as quickly as is possible. A new emphasis on great leadership education can accelerate our success, and this is exactly what Accelerate Youth will fulfill.
To accelerate individual, community and global success by offering year-round comprehensive leadership education.
People empowered to shape themselves and the world into the most noble expressions of life imaginable - all life thriving in the midst of vibrant cultures.
People will enjoy a robust sense of capability.
Confidence in our future will grow.
Civic engagement will increase significantly.
Violence toward self, others, and society will lessen.
Medical costs will lessen as healthier living is embraced.
People will be less dependent on governments to meet essential needs.
Only integrity and authenticity in leadership will be tolerated.
Leaders will have the vision, wisdom, and influence that is needed for life to thrive.
***Please recognize these are not fanciful wishful outcomes!
They represent the inevitable impact of the educational opportunities we provide.
What are "Accelerators"?
"Accelerator" is the label we use for the learning experiences we offer because of their impact. They Accelerate progress, learning, growth, and even maturity. In a sense, we are trying to accelerate the process most highly successful people go through and we see this as a maturing process. Most of us start out thinking we know and can do anything. Then we realize we can't do anything as easily as we thought, and we aren't quite as smart as we thought either. THEN, the real determinant of life quality has a chance to blossom - or wilt away. Sometimes we just feel defeated at this stage. We may lower our standards or convince ourselves we don't want 'that' anymore. But really we think it is out of reach. However, those who succeed forge on, acknowledge their limitations but work to overcome them and eventually do. How they overcome them is not a big secret if you study success and this we have done in abundance. We share these nuggets of wisdom and the experience of others so youth might know what to expect before they run into a wall and give up. If they are taught this pattern in advance and they already know there are ways to overcome many of the hurdles, and that failing or stumbling is just part of the process, then when the time comes they will respond consciously and bravely and...SUCCESSFULLY! And in the end, even if they don't achieve exactly what they planned and worked for, they still have every reason to be proud because they embraced life for all it is and they took a chance most people fear even attempting. In our book, that is a life well lived and one to be proud of.
What Our Accelerators Do
We show youth that being human is a magnificent possibility for everyone.
We engage youth in educational experiences that are fun, useful, and powerful.
We support youth to create healthy connections with positive peer groups.
We equip youth with knowledge and tools that support growth, progress, and well-being.
We accelerate growth using processes that heighten clarity of thought, perception, and discernment.
We offer ongoing, progressive, and comprehensive leadership and personal development opportunities.
We Impact communities through service projects and by enhancing local leadership.
We Accelerate Community Progress
By developing skillful, inspiring, and visionary leaders who initiate social-impact projects that demonstrate the human capacity to overcome modern challenges, we ignite the fire of realization, wisdom, and understanding.
We Accelerate Global Transformation
Global change has to start somewhere, so we start here. We initiate, co-lead, and support the projects of others that transform culture by achieving big goals thereby redefining what people recognize as possible. This fulfills our intent to infuse society with hope, confidence, and a renewed sense of possibility for the future.
We Operate Fearlessly!
We strive to be wise and strategic in our efforts which is why we also shoot for the stars! Many well-intentioned organizations target achievable and measurable goals as grantmakers demand. This has its merits, but this can stunt progress. We can't be afraid to fail! We must set our sites on generating the changes that are truly needed. Accelerate Youth places special emphasis on projects that are at once very ambitious but also possible and sustainable - even if it takes us 50 years to accomplish them. This approach, along with those whose focus is more short term, will forge the path to a beautiful and exciting future.