My mission is "To create an atmosphere of appreciation, motivation or service for humanity, helping people be and do their best."
As an adult survivor or sexual trauma and abuse I would like to be a conductor of celebration, appreciation, and motivation for 1 million millennial men of color who have also suffered silently, over many years with no one to confide in as they seek mental/health recovery. I have longed for positive male mentorship and role models that I could look to for direction. Those I could talk with to find answers to help navigate this journey we call life. I have had the honor recently as an adult to find such help, on campus and in academic arenas that were absent in the ghettos where I was raised, lived and survived.
I did have the good fortune, many years ago to find and read the book, "The Path, Creating Your Mission for Work and Life" by Laurie Beth Jones. To say that it was life changing is an understatement. I have recommended this book to at least 20 people over the years. For all who read it, their life altered in ways that I can't begin to articulate. I hope to include the Path book as part of a curricula we are planning to introduce to a special mentorship group we are establishing on campus, a chapter of the Obama Foundation, My Brother's Keeper chapter, pilot program that will have a phenomenal impact on these guys for the rest of their life.
I am also looking at ways to share, 'The Path" with 1 million veterans through the National Veteran center, coming online at Syracuse University. I also hope to impact 1 million single moms, who are looking for resources they need through an app, called the "Ida Mae" App which I will name after my mother as a lasting memorial for the way she cared and loved me all of my life, until her passing.
I am proud to be part of the #PathTribe as we cast our nets out across the tribes we are being called to.
With Unmeasured appreciation and gratitude,
Tony Martin ~ Extending the Path in the Boston area
William Joiner Institute
for the Study of War and Social Consequences