A Letter from the Founder
Founder & CEO, Making the Transition
Making the Transition, Inc. (MTT) is a behavioral modification and life enrichment agency working with inner-city youth and young adults. MTT specializes in cognitive awareness, life skills training, vision building and helps participants create a healthier self-concept, while instilling evidence based practices essential for overcoming various social determinants and life barriers. We provide local governments, schools and non-profit partners with the supplemental support necessary for the populations they serve. We are the missing link to providing a holistic approach that strengthens the services and deliverables to ensure all youth have the skills and opportunities necessary to succeed.
We aim to inspire youth to take control of their lives by creating hope, providing guidance, sharing knowledge, establishing accountability, building and maintaining support systems and motivating positive growth.
Beliefs & Philosophy
We believe that people are born hopeful and naturally have a desire to learn, grow, contribute and achieve. If given the proper motivation, access to the tools necessary to succeed, a support system that cares, and a fair chance, children will grow into adults who are still hopeful. Hope is the most essential element to succeeding in life. Once a person loses hope, they will no longer strive to better themselves. Many youths lose hope because of unbearable life situations they cannot control, a negative worldview and/or self-image, lack of vital resources, negative influences, or because they do not have a clear vision for their life. By providing vital skills, affirmation from a constructive support system, enlightening and encouraging exposure, working as a team to create a realistic and optimistic life plan, and removing problematic habits - every youth will believe they can succeed and the hope they possess will allow them to overcome any issue.
SAVING LIVES SINCE 2008
Words From Our Program Participants
"This program provided me with a chance to do new things and meet people who were just like me. It kept me on the right track and the people who were in it surrounded me with positivity. It also provided me with one of the best mentors ever. He was there for me, to talk to me, and I could go to him with anything. He is still there for me and has done so much for me. I am glad I met him and glad I got the chance to have this experience."
"I found Keith Strickland's presentation extremely eye opening. He spoke about planning today for the life you want to create for yourself tomorrow, and the negatives of living in the "here and now" or for the moment. His workbook "the 7 5 year old you" is also an eye opener. What I really appreciate about this book is the chapter dedicated to staying focused and not letting yourself be distracted. I believe it is chapter six. Nonetheless, I think this book was a huge help as far as asking myself the right questions to stay on a progressive and productive course in life."
"Unsuccessful people make decisions based on their current situations, but successful people make decisions based on where they want to be. That is what we learned from our visiting speaker, Keith Strickland. He encouraged us to actually look into or futures so that we can make changes. He believes that we all can be the best that we can be when we create real plans on how to get there."
"Attending Mr. Keith Strickland's presentation opened my eyes to how someone could come far and make it, even when it seems the world is against them. It showed me that it's actually not always the world. It could be yourself against you. You have to encourage your own growth and not give excuses, and that's real."
"Keith Strickland is a reminder that people still care."
"Mr. Strickland asked a question at his workshop that I felt very strongly for: 'Would you rather have one good day, or one good life?' I was truly inspired and this quote is something I now live by. It touched my heart so much that I went home and told my mom about this saying and what this now means to me and my future."