|Powerful Visions, LLC|
Building Bridges to Destiny and Purpose
Thomas Holmes is CEO and Founder of Powerful Visions, LLC, a wholistic educational consulting and cultural services organization that builds social, cultural and spiritual capital from a network of cooperative and collaborative partners from the public, private, community sectors and the emerging 'citizen sector.' He also provides DJ and cultural services for your social events with a level of excellence, musical selections that are tasteful and affirming and has the skills and the "right spirit" to create an awesome atmosphere of celebration for your affair. The purpose of our consulting service is to facilitate a collaborative and green efficient business practice that utlizes the transformative power of innovative ideas, research based solutions and Internet technologies to educate, engage and empower our greatest resource: "the millennials aka generation next."
Unlike a corporate philosophy of maximizing profit and the bottom line, Powerful Visions increases the market share of its partners by increasing the vision and earning potential of our youth by first building trusting relationships between people in the community, public, private, and not for profit organizations. This is the prerequisite for wholistic and educationally collaborative global ventures, business opportunities and social entrepreneurship that engages youth and community in a partnership to make the world a better place.
Powerful Visions utliizes the innovative, creative and technological structures of organizations who have cutting edge solutions to today's personal economic and social problems. Our focus is to build bridges that lead to hope and opportunities for our youth, communities and educators who often lack a wholistic understanding of self, systems and the world. We believe that the current structures and systems in public education not only stifle the creativity of synergy of young people, and it does not promote healthy vision development nor the mastery of social and technological skills that are needed to cultivate cultures of academic excellence.
Here is an excellent perspective on this issue.
When young people utilize the power of VISION AND PURPOSE, while traveling on the information highway rolling with the assistance of data proven mentorship strategies, we believe this integration will promote a revolutionary culture of self-motivation, ethical responsibility, spiritual development, civic engagement, emotional and social well being.
Why is purpose so important? Check this out:
Dr. Molefi Asante says that culture is defined as "shared perceptions, attitudes, and predispositions that allows people to organize experiences in certain ways." This way of being germinates from ones worldview and value system development that begins in early childhood. We recognize childhood as a powerful vision of "social value," and we believe that when it is embedded within an authentic arena of a caring community that reproduces sufficient levels of social, cultural and spiritual capital "children are able to realize the powerful vision of their PURPOSE.” Childhood should be protected and valued as a social good that produces social, emotional and financial equity, key investments in our well being as a nation. What is the future of education? A Child Driven Education is the key. Check out this research with 10 year olds:
Thomas currently serves as an associate pastoral leader at the Beloved Community in Trenton, New Jersey. Recently retired from Rutgers University on the New Brunswick Campus, he has over 27 years of experience in financial aid administration and 10 years of experience in Imaging System technologies. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers-Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration where his research focus was on "Non Profit Organizational Collaboration to Increase Parental Involvement and High Academic Achievement In At Risk Adolescents." He also received a Masters in Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and a B.S. from Rutgers College. As a founding member of the Doulos Agape Group, a not for profit youth empowerment organization, he developed the logic model and wrote the grant proposal for the Asbury Park Middle School "Improve the Odds for Children Project."
Thomas was raised in Paulsboro, New Jersey. He is currently a student at Rutgers-Camden in the Childhood Studies doctoral program researching adolescent purpose (identity) formation with mentoring as guidepost of cultural, social and spiritual capital development. He has been a keynote speaker for youth empowerment events, facilitated leadership development and self esteem workshops for Upward Bound and has been an advocate and resource for students in the Educational Opportunity Fund Program. He has received awards from the university for outstanding contributions as an adviser and has been cited for service in New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Bro. Holmes is an active member in Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Upsilon Sigma Chapter in Southern New Jersey. He is also an accomplished poet and writer, and a renowned musical mixologist DJ who has "a message in the music." He loves to play ball and is married to his beloved Denise, has a daughter Lisa and grandson Isaiah, and three spiritually given children, Simone, Jose and Chelsea.