Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? - Mary Oliver
This thank you is more than a year overdue, but I wanted to write to let you know that your Finding Passion and Purpose workshop has still impacted me to this day. I was lucky to attend your workshop in the summer of 2013 at Eleanor Roosevelt Girl's Leadership Worldwide in New York. I still remember the feeling of empowerment after hearing you talk about combining our passions and talents. You were the first adult figure (besides my mom) to tell me that age could not limit my potential. I've been working on college application, so I've given a lot of thought into what experiences shape who I am today. I strongly believe that your workshop inspired me to discover my purpose and live up to my full potential. It made me a better me. Thank you for helping me explore my possibilities and believe in myself. I cannot thank you enough for your program. Keep up the good work. :)
Sincerely, Mali Holmes
Young adulthood is rich with personal growth, challenges, and questions related to identity, belonging and purpose. When young people have the opportunity to address these questions in depth they can discover who they are, what they want in life, and how they can best contribute to the world around them.
As a coach and counselor to youth for many years, I provide programs that help young people to explore these important issues, gain self-knowledge, and take action to create the life they envision for themselves, their schools, and their communities. Hear what other participants in my programs have to say:
I had the great fortune to witness and participate in James Porter’s “From Passion to Purpose” workshop while staffing the Girls Leadership Worldwide summer program. James approached the girls with deep sensitivity to the challenges of being a teenager. From the beginning of the workshop, he seamlessly created a safe, affirmative space which enabled the girls to engage openly and authentically with themselves and one another. The room pulsed with excitement and revelation as the girls wrote and shared about their passions, talents, and visions for the world. During a closing circle, the glowing girls read their "statements of purpose," each followed by a supportive "YES!" from the group. Prior to the workshop, "purpose" was an abstract notion to me, something I only hoped to discover someday. James’ workshop empowered me to create and recognize my purpose now, by reorganizing knowledge that is already within me. No matter how old you are or where you stand in life, James will meet you there and help you access your own intuition and insight. A wholehearted "YES!" to James! --Lucy Schmid, Dorm Director, Girls Leadership Worldwide '14 Mr. Porter, I’m writing to testify for the effectiveness and importance of your workshops. I attended the From Passion to Purpose workshop at an ECCEL retreat, and your Communication workshop at a Student Government Leadership retreat. From Passion to Purpose served as an inspiration for me to discover how I can incorporate my talents and hobbies into my career path, and as an excellent ice breaker for me and my peers. Your Communication workshop exemplified the theme of our retreat through your tips on networking and effective communication. You yourself are an excellent coach as well; your sincerity and clear passion for helping others find their own passions are what separate yours from the other workshops I've participated in, and I encourage all of my peers to take advantage of the experience you bring to the table. Thank you for helping me on my journey of personal growth, and I look forward to inviting you to our college so my peers can benefit as well! -- Abdullah Kinan, Eleanor Roosevelt Community College Emerging Leaders program, 2014-15
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