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Black History Month 2023
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Curtis Myers

President, Aspire Youth Development


What is your business/organization name?

Aspire Youth Development

What inspired you to join/start your business?

What was that moment that gave you a new level of confidence or when the puzzle pieces started to fit together? For me it was my introduction to the Prudential Youth Leadership Institute (PYLI) training in Denver Colorado in the 1997. After years of working with young people in different settings, becoming a Certified Master Trainer provided me a great tool to assist the personal development of students. This comprehensive curriculum integrated leadership training, service learning, and community building in a way that I had not seen. For the next few years, I provided training throughout the country for hundreds of adult trainers and students, before founding Aspire in November 2003.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know about your business?

Aspire Youth Development recruits, prepares, and connects the region’s young talent to employers to strengthen your workforce and increase your profitability. Our talent recruitment & development services utilize our extensive relationships and partnerships with schools, youth-serving organizations, and networks. We have our finger on the pulse of generation Z and young millennials and recognize the unique talents they bring to the table.

We understand & value young adults and bridge the gap between the distinct generational approaches to best integrate their skills into your workplace.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Celebrating the resiliency of African Americans and our contributions as we continue to learn & live this powerful truth: our lives are enriched when we bring people together. Simply said "we are better together and together we help each other be better".

What are your three greatest accomplishments?

Building a loving family; building a business that impacts lives and serving my community as an expression of my faith.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

Stay true to your passion and you will find a way!

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