“Auntie” Mary Hang
Hello, my friends. It’s your favorite Auntie Mary again! If you know me, then you know how much I care for our youth. If you have ever spoken with me, then you also know that I am the Vice President of the Young Entrepreneurs Society (YES).
Just in case you may not be aware, YES is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
What is YES? What happens to those students who won’t have the opportunity or don’t want to go to college? Well, this is where YES comes in. Every single week our YES staff goes into high schools at lunchtime. As a student club, we mentor the students. We bring success principles into high schools, such as personal development, mindset, budgeting, team building, all the jazz I wish someone poured into me as a teen. Regardless if they are going to college or not, I’m sure we can all agree that leadership, teamwork, integrity, decisiveness, mental toughness, and a sense of community are all principles that can benefit anyone, right
Ladies and gentlemen, let me share with you why I stay committed to sharing success principles with the youth. I grew up in an entrepreneurial family in the suburbs of Detroit. My family owned a restaurant, and my parents were gone from 10 am until 10 pm. The restaurant life was not easy, but it was however very financially rewarding. While my parents brought their dreams to life as business owners, my older brother became the caretaker of the younger siblings. After school, my older brother would have to drive around and pick up all the younger siblings after school. On days we didn’t have to help the family business, my older brother was my babysitter until my parents got home. Most nights when my parents got home they would barely catch me as some night they got home after my bedtime. When I was 19 years old, my world changed forever. My father passed away. While my father was a great man as an entrepreneur and a man that everyone loved for his kindness and generosity, he didn’t pour any of his business knowledge into me. His dream for me was to go to college and get a good education and have a secure career. The family business was just a fall back, and he didn’t want me to be stuck in the restaurant life. So, my friends, that is why I stay committed to our youth because I want to provide what I lacked in my life. Mentorship.
Many days when we talk with our YES students, I love to ask questions. I ask them all types of questions, and many times those questions lead back to the conclusion of lack of mentorship in their homes. I know how it feels too because I lived through the lack of mentorship as well. Even though times have changed, it seems like nowadays there is a more prominent lack of parental guidance in the home.
My friends, I encourage all of us to stay committed to pouring into our youth. Be the voice of reason and mentorship that you wish you had growing up. While I am never blaming the parents for their lack of guidance towards success principles, remember that many parents have the traditional mindset of, “get good grades, go to college, and get a good job.” While this is done with every positive intention in mind, as entrepreneurs, we all know that the traditional route isn’t always the most appropriate route.