Image: Mark Redmond No Children Left Behind

Today’s episode is with Mark Redmond, a thought leader already in his 39th year of supporting young people from very tough circumstances to succeed despite the odds. He is Executive Director at Spectrum Youth and Family Services, a non-profit organization helping youth aged 12-26 and their families turn their lives around.

Let’s dive into Mark’s story and be inspired on how he ensures that no children will be left behind.

[00:01 – 06:39] Opening Segment

  • Let’s welcome our guest for today, Mark Redmond
  • Mark talks about his journey as a thought leader, which he says in his book is his “calling”
    • He started making 12 dollars a week and never looked back

[06:40 – 17:15] No Children Left Behind

  • Mark talks about the issues that he’s encountering for trying to help at-risk youth
  • He shares with us the opening story of his book about a young woman who was motivated to go back to school
  • We discuss doing the little things and how they can still impact other people’s lives
    • He shares some of the things they’re doing at Spectrum to impact the lives of at-risk youth
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[17:16 – 27:46] Children Have Bright Ideas Too

  • Mark talks about the importance of looking for mentors for children
  • He shares a few platforms where people can start their mentoring careers
  • He shares how they were able to raise 90,000 dollars for the first time while spending nothing
  • Mark tells us a story about a young girl who gave him an inspirational idea that you don’t want to miss!

[27:47 – 36:01] Soft Skills Can Be Learned

  • We talk about sharing online posts about the “science of goodness and progress” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mark shares the business they established to provide jobs to young people
  • He talks about why we should not blame children for not learning soft skills right away

[36:02 – 42:16] Closing Segment

  • Marks talks about where we can start searching if we want to look for organizations like Spectrum
  • Final words from Mark
  • Announcements and final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“A family helps each other out over the rough parts in life.” – Mark Redmond

“It is still an amazing world because there are so many people of decency who care about others, who are responsible citizens of our planet, who want things to be better for themselves and their families and their broader community.” – Mark Redmond 

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Mark on Twitter, email him at [email protected], or call him at  (802) 864-7423 x 209. Listen to his podcast too. Visit their headquarters at 31 Elmwood Ave Burlington, VT 05401 or check them out online and on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

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Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV