For children to grow up and achieve their dreams — or identify interests and formulate dreams in the first place — they need to see what their aspirations might look like in practice. They need exposure to career pathways, continual mentorship, and a sense of belonging and inspiration. Too many children lack those building blocks, says C.J. Anderson, a running back for the Denver Broncos and founder of the Dreams Never Die Foundation, a nonprofit based in Anderson's hometown of Vallejo, CA. The foundation's first project is to build a recreational and college-prep center in town, with the spaces, mentorship, and programming that children need to turn dreams into achieveable goals.
In the third episode of Walking the Talk, Anderson joins host Domonic Rollins for a conversation exploring the resources and supports that low-income, inner-city youth need to become the next startup CEO, award-winning videographer, or pro athlete. Walking the Talk is a series of video conversations streamed live on Facebook, exploring challenging questions of diversity, inclusion, and identity as they are lived and expressed in the real world. See the first and second installments in the series.
Watch Rollins and Anderson's live conversation, and read our takeaways below.