Filling the mentoring gap for at-risk youth is daunting. By appreciating and supporting other people's passions and connecting that passion to at-risk youth, we give natural mentors a passionate reason to fill that gap. While you will questions your "family first" commitment by spending time supporting other people's passions for the benefit of unrelated youth, the process will expand your family portrait and magically put your family first.
Mark Bruce is a lawyer. Alongside a comprehensive business law practice where he negotiates complex deals, he represents environmental sustainability and youth mentoring. He believes long term, meaningful outcomes are more in the art of the relationship, than the art of the deal. So he has settled into quiet, meaningful spaces like the Children’s Cabinet, The Desert Research Institute Foundation and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Spaces he knows offer meaningful connectivity and progress. He knows that everyone has passion and purpose, sometimes hidden or restrained. So he craves to know who you are, what you want, what you feel and, most importantly, what you want to feel, to continuously increase the number of intersections where passion meets purpose. When he is not negotiating deals or encouraging the development of new social intersections, Mark writes music, runs in the Sierra and loves up his family – Lisa, Joe and Sarah.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx