On November 17th, a chilly Friday afternoon in St. Paul, Minnesota, a high school auditorium transformed into a dynamic arena for inspiration and change. Dr. Cynthia Williams and Stevie Baggs Jr., both influential figures, journeyed from Atlanta to co-host the Focused Forward rally, a violence prevention initiative that resonated deeply with the attending students.
The driving force behind this impactful initiative is local businesswoman and youth mentor, Tephanie Delaney. The event began with an air of anticipation as students filled the auditorium. Dr. Cynthia Williams, the Founder of Love From Afar-The Christopher Allen Williams Foundation and P.A.D.D. (Parents Against Distracted Driving), took the stage. A Certified Teen Life Coach and Mentor, Williams is known for her multifaceted approach to healing and empowerment.
Stevie Baggs Jr., a former pro-football player, motivational speaker, actor, and author of “Greater Than the Game,” brought his dynamic presence to the rally. Together, Williams and Baggs orchestrated a presentation that went beyond the typical rhetoric, addressing crucial topics that resonated with the students.
The rally focused on overcoming trauma, understanding one’s vision, passion, and purpose, and making sound decisions in the face of challenges. The duo shared insights, personal stories, and practical strategies to equip students with the tools needed to navigate life’s complexities.
Following their impactful presentation, a remarkable scene unfolded as students rushed the stage, eager for more. Hugs and tears were exchanged, additional questions were asked, and photographs captured the genuine connection between the hosts and the engaged audience.
Dr. Cynthia Williams, aside from her work with Love From Afar and P.A.D.D., is a PRIDE (Parents Reducing Injury and Driver Error) instructor, a Motivational Speaker, a Grief Recovery Specialist, and a certified Mediator and Generational Conflict Resolution Specialist. Her workshops around the country aim to assist families in breaking generational barriers and removing the pain from the past.
Stevie Baggs Jr., with his diverse background, brought a unique perspective to the rally. Beyond his achievements in sports and entrepreneurship, Baggs is dedicated to motivating young athletes as reflected in his book, “Greater Than the Game.”
In a landscape where prioritizing violence prevention is crucial, the Focused Forward rally should really stand out. Dr. Cynthia Williams and Stevie Baggs Jr. not only imparted valuable knowledge but also ignited a spark within the students, urging them to embrace their brilliance and make positive choices.