Al Bailey was a troubled young child, who was placed in the Foster Care system by his loving mother. He was shuttled through 23 different placements only to be aged out with no support like so many other young people.Al Bailey made the decision that the road he had traveled would not define him and he has turned lemons into lemonade. Despite the rocky start in life as an adult, and even some bad choices along the way, he picked himself up and even managed to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies, and a Master’s in Public Admin
Al Bailey was a troubled young child, who was placed in the Foster Care system by his loving mother. He was shuttled through 23 different placements only to be aged out with no support like so many other young people.
Al Bailey made the decision that the road he had traveled would not define him and he has turned lemons into lemonade. Despite the rocky start in life as an adult, and even some bad choices along the way, he picked himself up and even managed to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies, and a Master’s in Public Administration.
Al Bailey always shows that anybody can make positive change. By changing his life and even being a positive part of the community, Al Bailey uses his life experiences to illustrate that. He is a man with passion, experience in every facet of his endeavors and life which enables him to help others to realize that they have goals and the power to achieve them within.
Al Bailey, the founder and first Executive Director of a non-profit organization that provided supportive services to young people who were aging out of the Foster Care System. He became the area expert on this issue. Al Bailey now runs a consulting firm, Eye for Change Consulting, Inc. whose goal is to help groups and agencies focus, raise the funds needed and thus better serve their target population.
Facing Challenges: Foster Care: I’m making it, But most Can’t or Don’t
In this presentation Al Bailey shares the pitfalls that many Foster kids, find via some of his first hand accounting; Al illustrates why most Foster Care kids are finding these pitfalls and what we can do to change our Foster Care system to help these children avoid the same pitfalls, thus giving them a better chance at becoming a success story.
Help Your Foster Children – Sexuality Acceptance
Al Bailey shares with existing and new foster care parents the importance they play in their foster children’s lives. This is done with first hand, personal accounts that the foster parents can identify with. Al stresses the important role foster parents play in foster children’s lives. He stresses self-esteem issues, including the sexual orientation of each individual child and how importance the foster parents teachings of self-acceptance will enrich the children’s lives, even if a child is only in their care for a short amount of time, the affects can, and do, last a lifetime.
Leaders, Mentors, Role Models – They Change Lives
Al Bailey lets others know the difference between Leaders, Mentors, and Role Models, Why they are important to everyone’s life, especially seemingly lost children and how they can not only become a Leader, a Mentor, a Role Model, but how the audience can positively affect others and help facilitate positive change is someone’s life.
It’s Time For New Leaders: Young People Stand Up, Its Our Time
While speaking to our youth, on their level, in words they understand, I make them see how they can become the future. I get them excited at the possibilities of the future, a future that can and will be made better for their participation in it. I show them that youth can make a difference by relating some of my first hand experiences of being a leader as a youth and young adult.
Stay Focused On Your Vision; It Isn’t Easy, But You Can Do It
Al Bailey speaks about personal Dreams, personal visions for our own future. Al addresses the importance of having dreams, of striving to meet the goals that it takes to reach your dreams, staying focused and adjusting your actions to enable you to reach your dreams, your vision for one’s self.
Accepting Your Own Sexuality
Al Bailey speaks from the heart and illustrates through his personal experiences how accepting your own sexuality not only brings your life into harmony, but how it assists others in accepting you. Al stresses that self-hatred is destructive and how personal success affects our success in life. Al shows us all that self-love is a cornerstone to a successful life, something we all deserve.
You’re going to fall, But you Must Keep Trying to Move forward
Al Bailey uses his mistakes in life to illustrate to the audience that no matter how bad it gets in your journey you must keep moving forward. He uses his story as living proof that if you wake up every day and put one foot in front of other things can and will get better.
Starting Your Own Non-Profit/Business; From Idea to Thriving
Al Bailey speaks from his own successful experiences and from the mistakes he made. He shares the path, the hurdles and the avenue to success.He uses his experience as a Founder and Executive Director, consumer of nonprofit services as a foster child, and board member of nonprofit services to help his audience serve at risk populations from a place of understanding.