4YourEpiphany (4YE) a California 501(c)(3) not-for-profit was incorporated in 2012 and founded by Christopher “Play” Robinson. 4YE started it’s journey in education in 2003. 4YE is a identity and empowerment organization that utilizes innovative approaches that connects all participant’s to a limitless future. As of 2015 4YE has served over 5,000 youth, educators and urban millennials in the Sacramento Region.
4YE’s Vision is to implement strategies, skills and tools making education and success equal for all.
is to close the achievement gaps in health, behavior, social, emotional and academic disparities in education and success.
“4YE allows us to define our own identities, helps us to master thinking and opens our mind’s for second chances at life.”
- Master Warren, College Freshman.
is to create opportunities for self-care and self actualization. That is the 4YE holistic perspective. “Through the journey of our work we notice our people seemed to be caring a lot of pain and frustration. After 4YE services participants are always more open, hopeful and interested in becoming successful. After they open up success becomes much easier to achieve.”
-Marcus Robinson, 4YE facilitator
Always remember, everything that is happening is not happening to you, it is happening, for you. The pains of life are distractions. If you quiet the noise from the distractions, you will be able to hear and see what your next journey in life is. The reality is that success lays dormant and behind all the distractions.
Your take away is this, success is always dependent on your choices. Those choices come from how you respond to the distractions and when the silence comes things become clear. Make sure you look past the distractions and take full advantage of the opportunities that come your way. Those doors with opportunities don't always open right away.
Follow these steps
Do a gratitude journal
Write out 10 i AM’s
Eat a Light breakfast (Green smoothie)
Listen to musical instrumentals or videos on success
Whatever happened in the past is over. Do not dwell on past mistakes. There's no point in crying over spilt milk. Everybody makes mistakes. It's what you learn from the mistakes and promising yourself not to repeat those mistakes that matters.
Whatever happened in the past is over. Do not dwell on past mistakes. There's no point in crying over spilt milk. Everybody makes mistakes. It's what you learn from your mistakes and promising yourself not to repeat them that matters.
I grew up the BlackSheep in every environment I was apart of. I mean BlackSheep in the most negative connotation. I’m not sure if my size, stature, color, voice, the way I saw myself or if my temperament had anything to do with peoples expectations and treatment of me. Maybe it was the environment I grew up in. Which was a very unsafe and violent place, violent in the sense of physically, mentally and emotionally. I felt lost, confused, heavy, misunderstood, taken advantage of, treated differently and targeted. Have you ever felt like you were in a constant war? In that war you were never safe, which meant you had to wear armor to protect your self from being harmed during the attacks. That was me, I always felt attacked.
People would mistake my armor of protection for armor of war. My reality was that I was a protector and fixer for those around me who were, hurt, afraid, voiceless, invisible, blind, weaker or smaller.
The epiphany I recently had was, I felt like I didn’t have a place where I could take my armor off, where I could relax, a safe place that was war free. That created some real issues. In my mind I just wanted to be free, but I also didn’t want anyone else to experience my challenges.
Are you a fixer, or a protector?
I wasn’t a lead the pack kind of guy, due to the kind of attacks that I experienced as a black sheep. I never wanted attention, but attention always demanded me. Being a black sheep wasn’t a conscious choice or even a desire, that goes either way, positive or negative. So I made a decision, if attention was going to demand me, I would be sure to make sure that what I was doing was worth paying attention to.
I guess the movie, “Divergent” was right. “Great Leaders Don't Seek Power. They're Called By Necessity”. Even though my environment showed a lack of hope and progression, I would not stop. Just like you, I wanted to be great and do great things, I just didn't know how to, but I did learn to stand on my story and not live in it.
Being able to stand on my story and grow through all the battles and wars I experienced, led others to pay attention to me as a beautiful BlackSheep and not the negative black sheep the world saw me as. My understanding is that I was called by necessity to become a leader and a guide who inspires and advocates for those in my community to become great and stand on their stories too. With that call from necessity, I now take full responsibility to assist those who are looking to take the next step in their life journey. I always knew greatness existed, I just didn't know how to bring it out or attach myself to it.
If you or someone you know is a black sheep then 4YourEpiphany was built just for you and them. Come with us and learn to stand on your own story, and find where your greatness exists and we will help you attach to success so you can do and become great!
From the mind of the Founder..