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Purpose

The Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award™ (BLAA) recognizes and awards young role models who exhibit leadership in service, integrity, collaboration, and self perseverance.

How Is the Award Implemented?

The BLAA partners with schools, youth services, and Summer enrichment programs that embrace the goals and ideas of the BLAA award. BLAA is an outreach initiative that works with administrators, directorates and youth program leaders to create specialized and focused programs for each specific application. The focus of the BLAA is to stimulate the next generation of “movers and shakers” by providing inclusive leadership lectures, seminars, and award presentations.

Who Is Eligible to Participate:

Leadership is a quality that we believe any student can cultivate within themselves; therefore all students are encouraged to participate in our programs and are eligible for nomination. The BLAA leadership works closely with each particular school/program to specifically implement the award for their desired needs. At the present time the selection of award winners is determined by administrators, directorates, and program leaders who work the closest with the students we aim to award. The goal of the BLAA is to recognize future leaders in order to spur students to continue on their path to greatness.

Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award™ Nomination Criteria:

What does a leader look like? The goal of the BLAA is to transform in student’s minds what it means to be a leader, and to recognize those students who display what the BLAA refers to as “servant” leadership. Unfortunately in today’s society the definition of a leader and/or role model has often been reduced to a performance based criteria or even popularity. We see evidence of this in the glorification of sports icons and reality television stars. The BLAA seeks to encourage and award students who lead in other ways. We recognize students who go above and beyond to serve their community, display integrity in their actions, collaborate with their peers, and have a personal sense of self-perseverance.

Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award™ Selection Criteria:

In order to balance our vision, virtues and values we have adopted three important criteria for determining award winners. Those criteria are people leadership, program leadership and process leadership. Each of these standards are weighted equally in the process of making our selections. In order to ensure fair a process we combine both case in point situations with grading rubrics when reviewing nominees. The dominating voice in the BLAA selection process always rests with the administrators, directorates, and program representatives who work the closest with our nominees. Although the BLAA makes frequent visits and records observations during sessions with our partnering programs and schools we can never duplicate the daily interactions and insights that admistrators, teachers and representatives can provide!

Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award™ Selection Process:

Choosing BLAA award winners is often one of the hardest and most heart-felt decisions committee members ever make. Therefore, The Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award committee is made up of a combination of 9 classified and unbiased persons. Committee members are comprised of a diverse and well rounded group of community members. In the case that all members cannot show for the selection process an odd number will be selected for as many that are available. These individuals are gracious volunteers who support the purpose and intent of the award.

Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award™ Recipients:

The objective of the BLAA is to inspire young leaders to build a strong foundations for their lives and to live and lead with moral integrity. Award winners who participate in “Generation : Hands-On” will receive a token of appreciation for demonstrating leadership by learning to become well rounded individuals.

Awardees of The Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award™ will receive:

Official Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award, Certificate of Selection, Leadership Novels, Special gift from sponsors, Public Recognition through Media Outlets (radio, newspaper, etc)* Only upon parental authorization

Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award™ Implemented Programs:

YMCA of Middle Tennessee Urban School Services for Academics and Athletics (USSAA), YMCA of Middle Tennessee The Young Black Achievers Program, Smithson Craighead Academy Elementary School, East Literature Magnet School, and schools and organizations near you!

Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award™ Donations:

The BLAA strives not only to serve our current list of schools and programs, we continually seek new partnerships, supporters, and donors to our cause. Without the generous support of you and the community at large our source of inspiration to young aspiring leaders wouldn't be possible. Please consider contributing to the BLAA initiative, we are in the business of growing and inspiring the future leaders of our world!

Purpose:

The Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award™ (BLAA) recognizes and rewards young role models who exhibit a different type of leadership.... Servant Leadership. These servant leaders then become bodies of influence that can then help others to revitalize dreams, make informed life decisions, and encourage the pursuit of great and meaningful lives. The award’s greatest ambition is to create a spark in young people that will ignite a passion to make the world a better place!



what are we all about?



Trehon

In an effort to motivate and recognize those students who fight daily to excel in school, Trehon Cockrell-Coleman had a spark of an idea which would grow and develop in the coming years. At the time of his inspiration Trehon was only 19 years old and in the process of earning a Computer Science degree from Tennessee State University. This unsuspecting college student was about to quickly become the pioneer of a new vision.

The inspiration led Trehon to develop a Jr. High Leadership Award program in conjunction with the Northwest YMCA of Middle Tennessee in June of 2006. After meeting with the executive director and providing a blueprint of how the award would motivate children in the community to lead for advocacy, not accolades, an approval was granted to further develop the program.

The first award was bestowed upon a deserving young adult in June 2007 at the YMCA of Middle Tennessee Urban Services School of Academics and Athletics banquet dinner (USSAA). The USSAA is an intense YMCA summer program that offers a blend of academics and athletics in a structured environment for students ranging from 11-17 years old. The program is specifically designed for students who have a desire to participate in athletics but need guidance on becoming the best student athlete possible.

The mission of USSAA sparked a personal interest in Mr. Cockrell-Coleman to work with multiple enrichment programs across the city in order to salute youth character and leadership growth. From these small beginnings Trehon had a vision to inspire the next generation of leaders within the community. Throughout the process of implementing these award programs Trehon was continuing to better understand the needs of the communities he was serving and would go on to found The Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award™.

Today, many Middle Tennessee youth programs and schools now align with the primary focus of the award which is to Reach, Raise, and Release all persons into a greater future. Trehon is a Nashville native currently employed as a software engineer for Raytheon Company. He enjoys basketball, mentoring, and spending time with his family.

His favorite scripture is Luke 12:48. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”


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Smithson Craighead Academy
National Black Police Association
YMCA of middle tennessee

We are fortunate to work with some of Nashville's premier youth development organizations!

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The BLAA strives not only to serve our current list of schools and programs, we continually seek new partnerships, supporters, and donors to our cause. Without the generous support of you and the community at large our source of inspiration to young aspiring leaders wouldn't be possible. Please consider contributing to the BLAA initiative, we are in the business of growing and inspiring the future leaders of our world!

To donate or receive more information on the BLAA Award program contact us at beginningleaders@gmail.com


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Contact Information:

Founder and Director
Trehon Cockrell Coleman

Interested in scheduling Trehon for a Beginning Leadership Workshop or adding The Beginner's Leadership Achievement Award to your organization outreach?

Email : beginningleaders@gmail.com and we will return your request as promptly as possible!