Almost twelve months ago I decided to quit my job at Nelnet because I was tired of waking up every morning dreading the day ahead of me. To me and to most people, happiness is the most important part of life. If you are not happy with where you are in life, you must take a look in the mirror and pinpoint what things need to be changed in order to get you closer to where you need to be. Now when my friend Preston Harris, who had also just quit his job, approached me about this idea he had for changing our community and working with kids, I knew it was meant to be. For those who don’t know me very well should know that I’m the type that believes everything in our life happens for a reason and there is no such thing as a coincidence. So when God opened the door for me, I ran through it as fast as I could.

The first couple months, Preston, Brandon, and I started getting together with some other close friends to brainstorm ideas and thoughts that we shared in how to positively effect our community. The ideas alone that we came up with seemed to fill a void that had been missing in my life. We all knew that this was something that could end up being huge if we did it the right way. Meetings came and went, programs got written and put into place, but yet still no solid forward movement. Then April came and we got two of our pilot programs put into Culler Middle School and North Star High School here in Lincoln, NE. To me, this is when I actually started to see solid improvements made towards obtaining our goal of becoming an established non-profit that is known world-wide.

In order to reach our goals and get our programs running smoothly, we needed to make some money to put back into MwD. This is where we came up with the idea to put together a community fundraiser aka our Men With Dreams Fashion Show. Through this fundraiser we found our strengths in team building, event planning, networking, and entertaining. So why couldn’t we teach our kids to do the exact same things? You could tell we were slowly growing into what we’d hope to become some day.

Twelve months have passed since Preston approached me about Men With Dreams and I can confidently say that we are on the path to greatness. One of the best feelings in the world is seeing a child or young adult realize their potential. Once they realize that potential, we will be there to push them harder to reach their goals and to make sure they stay on the right path in order to achieve success. Although we are technically just a start up non-profit, there are great things in store for Men With Dreams and the Lincoln community. So until we reach these goals for ourselves, Preston, Brandon, and I will continue to Change the World, One Step at a Time.