Youth Leadership 2012: Poetry In Motion

by Donovan Grant on November 3, 2012

Youth Leadership In 2012: Poetry In Motion

By Donovan Grant

I was reminded why young people are ready to step up right now to become the leaders that we all long for.

Young people are often forced down a career path of academics or strategies that don’t really suit them. Yes, this may make them rich with money but on the flip side, it may make them poor in spirit, joy and fulfilment in life. Some young people are born to make a massive difference in this world. Lucky for me I met some of these awesome young people this week.

After serving on the Coaching crew at the recent UK Youth Leadership Summit 2012, I can assure you the light is shining bright for 180 youth leaders (13 – 18) today. We’ll talk more about that soon in another article.

In the meantime, here’s a piece of poetry in motion that I wrote as a gift for my awesome team 8 – The Believers.

Ps. When you read it, read it with the rhythm of youth.

With Love



We were joined together by design more than just chance
and the question was could team 8 to go the whole distance
super coaches and the most amazing youth leaders
that was the beginning of our dream team "the believers"

who are we?

Cerise gave us a warning "hey you don't call me cute" 
and it didn't take her long for talents to bear fruit
electric smile, voice of authority, take control, 
and supports her team, "yes you" from heart and soul

who are we?

The cool dude Ryan…  was he holding himself back? 
because when he opened up he was our star in attack 
purposefully helping to make believers united
He is a big reason that our spark got ignited

who are we?

Jack is destined to be military officer
He skipped the leap of faith but he's our puzzle solver
"Yes" he knew the secret to turn the magic carpet
now's the time for HIM to step up finish what he’s started

who are we?

We can not forget Dan, a nice guy with a cute smile 
wears his heart on his sleeve and he'll to go the extra mile
He's surely a champion and on him you can lean
Now we ask him to go forth, have fun, fulfil his dream

who are we?

Oh Connor he's our laughing pocket dynamo
He's our smallest lad but he'll give anything a go
The name that comes to mind "Connor the brave heart"
You my friend have far more talent than you really know.

who are we?

A team is incomplete without a kamikaze
For us it was Martha, man that girl is so crazy
She's faster than spider man up the leap of faith pole
It was a blessing to witness her let herself go

who are we?

Lucy was our cautious and perfect voice of reason
On her face you could sense she does a lot of thinking
Always, yes always SHE gave us maximum effort 
Now we ask her to shine even more and go for it

who are we?

Sankeetha, you persevered, you broke wood, YOU ARE
Yes, you're quiet, you stand back but now you are a STAR
Your tears of joy became the glue for our amazing team
Please promise us, that you'll step up and live the great dream

who are we?

Dee says he's a singer and actor, and a dancer too
And his party started when over the fence he flew
with new found strength
Dee really stepped and delivered
until he slipped on Jacob and his balls nearly severed

who are we?

Our amazing head coach, the voice of experience
She shared from her honest heart and everything made sense
Even with her own challenges back in NYC
She still had the courage to lead us to victory

who are we?

Shamangy, from holland with a cool demeanor
Ever willing to serve you, there was no one keener
She was the eagle eye when Vicki was away
Now she invites you to the
Holland summit, if you want to play?

who are we?

I don't know for sure what you guys would say about me
My goal was to serve you to become the best you can be
For me, it was a blessing to see every breakthrough
To each and everyone of you from my heart "Thank You" 

who are we?

Our vision is to be a light across the nation
But our challenge is how to keep up the momentum
We'll overcome it by thinking of this occasion
and bring our gifts to the world that is waiting

who are we?

We are more than a team now, we are a family 
and now we are charged with being missionaries
Plan, practice and take action to be achievers
You'll always be in my heart – we are the believers!!

who are we


What are your thoughts on youth leadership? Are you a parent is willing to let your daughter or son pursue their dreams? Leave a comment below – we love to read every single comment.

Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations.  He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play.

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