Most of us can agree that the skills learned in the military include not only combat and professional techniques but also a very disciplined approach to life. Most of my family members that have served or that are serving in the military seem to have a very strict set of values and a strong work ethic. These are the values that many of us hope will be instilled in future generations, however in order for that to happen, someone has to be around to teach the youth those lessons.
A few months ago, I received a LinkedIn invitation from Tee Marie about her not for profit, Operation Heroes Connect. I was so impressed with the mission of the organization that I could not wait to have her on The LaKesha Womack Show to share this project and the impact that it is having in the community.
Join us today at noon CST/ 1pm CST for a live discussion about how she is using her connections to partner military veterans with at risk youth and some of her success stories.
Listen live or to the playback at a later date at http://blogtalkradio.com/lakeshawomack or call and listen live from your phone 646.292.2031
Meet Tee Hanible…
Tee Hanible is the founder of Operation Heroes Connect. While stationed in Charlotte NC as a recruiter for the Marine Corps, Tee developed a passion for wanting to help youth. Although on recruiting duty at the time she found that she really enjoyed spending time with youth and being able to help contribute on a positive level in guiding them to make better choices in order to reach their goals. However her true inspirations can be attributed to her parents. “My true passion comes from my parents who adopted my brother and I when were just 2 and 10 months old.” They were foster parents to many children who due to circumstance beyond their control were forced into the system. On top of the 4 biological children Tee’s parents already had, and the 4 they adopted, Tee’s parents became foster parents to over 15 different children, children who otherwise would have been lost in the system. “That kind of unselfish giving helps motivate me to do what I
do today”, says Tee.
Tee is currently proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps. Having been raised on the south side of Chicago she knows firsthand the difficulties and temptations that being in the wrong surroundings can have on our youth. Tee enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17. Currently stationed in Virginia she created Operation Heroes Connect in August of 2011 after seeing a critical need for a program like this. After arriving in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area she found that there were many other service members that had a passion to work with youth just as she did but didn’t know how to go about getting started, and so Operation Heroes Connect was created. Our main focus is mentoring youth but we also want to give back to the communities that have continued to support the military. Devoting our time to helping out in local homeless shelters, organizing food drives, and contributing our time to working in soup kitchens are other areas that we focus on.