As the youth prepare to return to class for the next school year, Carl Jefferson is working to ensure that a number of young men in the area do so with increased confidence.
On Saturdays in August, Jefferson will be hosting Confidence Classes for boys ages 13-17. During the four-week workshop, young men will have the opportunity to build their self-esteem through advice from Jefferson and conversations centered on topics such as building healthy friendships, leadership, social etiquette, health and fitness.
“I work with a lot of kids, and I see a lot of trust issues,” said Jefferson, owner Pre-dental fitness and educated young men every week during his martial arts classes. “And I see myself talking to them all the time about being more confident and being bullied and making friends.”
During the Confidence Classes, Jefferson will draw on his personal experiences growing in Springfield and his entrepreneurial journey, as well as what he learned from an online course he is taking to become a coach. life certified.
“I feel like this is the start of anything in life, to really have the confidence to do it,” said Jefferson, who also owns Pop Up Party Pals, which has characters like Spider-Man, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Mickey Mouse attending birthday parties, corporate events, festivals, and other community events. “Confidence really gets you through life – just the confidence of talking to people. You can say confidence when you go to job interviews. I feel like my confidence has given me all the confidence. opportunities I have been positioned with.
“The people I’ve seen without confidence don’t go that far.”
Confidence classes will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays in August at Prezadential Fitness, 4179 W. Jefferson St. Those who attend the free classes will also have the opportunity to hear from other community leaders. men and participate in some of Prezadential Fitness’s martial arts classes for free. For more information on the courses and to register, send a message to Prezadential Fitness Facebook page.
“I also think it’s important for young men to know other young men,” Jefferson said. “This group will know each other. So in life, when they meet again, they will remember that.”
Currently, Jefferson is hosting a confidence training workshop in September for young women ages 13-17.