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From “At-Risk” to Untapped Potential

June 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

From “At-Risk” to Untapped Potential is an active learning experience geared toward helping groups connect to youth who have been identified as difficult, non-compliant, or “at-risk”. Youth serving organizations and youth workers have not properly engaged these youth because we have dismissed them as unredeemable or have marginalized them because of past or current “behaviors”.

Yet, their behaviors occur for a reason. With a different perspective and approach, we can begin to see this same youth as “Untapped Potential” possessing powerful tools, talents and characteristics. From this workshop attendees will learn how to assist the youth with “Untapped Potential” to come forth.

Using an active learning process, Coach Rob will guide workshop attendees in challenging their own perceptions, gaining a new perspective about these youth and in developing a working strategy that will help better serve youth we call “Untapped Potential”.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how culture influences our personal bias, and how those perceptions inform the way we respond to others.
  • Explore differing perspectives on the development, characteristics and interactions of youth with untapped potential.
  • Develop a personal or organizational strategy that will affect how an organization can better serve with youth with untapped potential.


James Robertson, affectionately known as Coach Rob, is a dynamic presenter who effectively uses his 17 years experience as a trainer, coach, and facilitator to engage others in thoughtful and meaningful discussions about cultural awareness and other social justice issues.

Being raised on the streets of Washington, D.C., Coach has developed a passion for helping people discover their purpose and navigate change. He is especially committed to seeing this happen for today’s younger generation. Growing up during a time when African American males between the ages of 16 and 25 were considered an endangered species, he managed to survive a very challenging childhood. As a result of those experiences, he was able to develop several copyrighted social learning programs designed for students with “untapped potential”, otherwise known as students at-risk.

A 10 year veteran of the U.S. Army, Coach is committed to learning with degrees in Counseling Psychology, as well as Biblical Studies and Theology and will soon be completing a licensure for Social Work. Additionally, he has coached numerous sports, including track and field, football, baseball and basketball.

Coach Rob has served as the education director with the Diversity Council of Rochester (MN). While in that position he developed curriculum, trained facilitators and created workshops that are currently being used to reach thousands of students in Rochester Public Schools and surrounding areas. He currently works as program director for a non-profit organization called Sports Mentorship Academy where he oversees two campuses.


June 6, 2019
8:00 am - 9:30 am


Cloquet Public Library
320 14th St
Cloquet, MN 55720 United States
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