A positive story about a local youth....

(Found this on http://groundz4change.blogspot.com/ and got the authors' ok to post here. We need to pay attention to this type of young person in our community. The bad stories get so much attention - this young gentleman should have some positive reinforcement.)

On Youth, Hope and the Wonders of Today
WOW! I am bowled over - yet again!

You see, today I attended a meeting of local activists and those that have an impact on the community from a public service perspective. And one thing really stood out in this 90 minute meeting. Actually, I should say one PERSON really stood out.

This young man is some kind of awesome. He's thoughtful, well mannered, articulate, comfortable, pure, innovative, determined, interested, interesting, dedicated, and full of hope. He's also bright, intelligent, savvy, socially acceptable, politically correct. He's a handsome young man, eyes bright with hope, exudes self confidence, holds education near and dear, and is on track to be one of Toledo's 'movers and shakers' in the youth movement.

Ladies and gents - meet Tye Alexander. He's 15 years old and a truly wondrous human being.

Tye is a leader of youth in North Toledo. And he's just what the doctor ordered in order to dissolve the stones of apathy that many of us are plagued with. Tye is the leader of his group and promotes civic involvement, participation in shaping the future, and promotes and perpetuates a peer group that just makes you smile all the way down inside.

Tye's energy is contagious. His smile is what hope is built on. And his sincerity and faith in his own abilities, as well as the impact he has in his community, are traits that I am envious of. I only hope his energy and commitment to improving his future and the future of other youth becomes an epidemic that infects us all.

Tye - you are a shining star. Thank you for being a leader, and for caring enough about your city and your future to step up to the plate.

I applaud you - more than you know!

If you would like to meet Tye then stop by the little park located at Huron and Locust on Sunday, April 22nd, for the Youth Rally. Tye will be there and you really should meet him. He's one incredible human being!

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Sounds like somebody has a crush on a 15 year old?

Just recognition of a young man that makes most adults look like slugs.

And, for the record...I wrote that post. And I have talked with Tye and his youth group members. And no ---- there's no crush going on here. I'm old enough to be his grandmother.

He's just one bright, forward thinking, intelligent individual that could serve as a true role model for ALL of us - young and old!

Either somebody doesn't like to see positive news posted or when they hear about a young, successful person their mind turns to crushing/romance?

Just weird either way.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

A crush on a kid would be the last thing to enter my mind. Good grief. I agree that there are a lot of really great kids out there, and don't get the recognition they deserve. Not newsworthy enough for the media perhaps - but that is sad itself. The media jumps all over a kid when they do something bad & doesn't even take a notice when a kid does something great. Could be why so many people tend to lump all youth together in one ugly basket.

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This young man is some kind of awesome. He's thoughtful, well mannered, articulate, comfortable, pure, innovative, determined, interested, interesting, dedicated, and full of hope. He's also bright, intelligent, savvy, socially acceptable, politically correct. He's a handsome young man, eyes bright with hope, exudes self confidence, holds education near and dear, and is on track to be one of Toledo's 'movers and shakers' in the youth movement".

"Tye's energy is contagious. His smile is what hope is built on. And his sincerity and faith in his own abilities, as well as the impact he has in his community, are traits that I am envious of".

"Tye - you are a shining star".

"I applaud you - more than you know"!

It reads as if Carols went past praising someone and directly into E-Harmony freaky undertones from an older woman wanting a 15 year old boy. Praise the youth, don't get wierd with them.

stranger.

Can you explain your logic? Cause it is fairly freaky dude.

Just a question, I ask because I don't know.

How old are you and how old are the people that you 'date'?

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

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I don't mean to offend brassmonkey - but obviously your bent is very alarming.

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If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

I'm not the one finding 15 years olds and going overboard praising them on the internet. Give me a break!

You're the one who's mind went to romance when hearing a story praising a teen for stellar behavior.

You have issues. Of a very serious nature.

I was pretty much tongue in cheek at first thinking you were posting that to try to shame someone for having posted a positive story. There are quite a few out there who do NOT LIKE TO SEE A POSITIVE story. It isn't enough that they can just pass it by in favor of negative news - they don't want it posted at all. So they try to humiliate the writer/poster.

I thought that was likely what you were doing in this instance. But that fact that the gears in your head turn that way is just frightening.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

You're way to serious, ease up on the coffee. You have to admit, the article is way overboard on the praise factor. It was non-stop for 5 paragraphs. From all the built up drama in this article I was expecting some youth professional Rockstar or form of Barak Obama who was about to enter into our city leadership.

Throw in the 15 year old factor halfway into the article and it becomes humorous.

The praise is more of the subject in the article vs. what the kid actually did. I apologize for getting you stirred up, perhaps I was the only one that saw the humor in this article.

to see a jump in logic that anyone would make a mental connection between a youth and romance.

It would alarm any rational person.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

I read the story about Alexander and thought this young man has a great future ahead of him and if he serves as a role model that those are looking for role models then he is for them.

And with so many comments and stories in the news about the youth of Toledo and the world in general, the praise heaped on him may have been like giving orange juice to a diabetic.

I didn't read any infatuation into, just a person proud of another.

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"And with so many comments and stories in the news about the youth of Toledo and the world in general, the praise heaped on him may have been like giving orange juice to a diabetic."

Well said!!!

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

what?

I have no idea how you can imply that I would have a crush on a kid. You must be one sick pup.

This kid is stepping outside the box and daring to be a leader in an area where it would be much easier to be a thug. For this he deserves all the accolades one can muster. And his influence on many peers is a very positive thing.

If my praising him appears inappropriate to you, then by all means stop by Vistula Park on Sunday and meet him yourself. Then you can offer up your own personal opinion of this young man.

On second thought - never mnind. You probably would not be capable of understanding the obstacles this young man has conquered in order to not be another statistic.

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