I know they are far away
but it became to be my star
as slowly that night became day.
I could be a star -
really, really, I know I can.
Success is not that far away
I can hold it in the palm of my hand.
It was then that I began to see that
that star doesn’t have to be in the sky.
Stardom must start with me.
Darrell Wyke commenced his speech with a poem he composed for this year’s 28th Annual Steak n’ Burger Dinner for the Boys & Girls Club of Jackson, Tennessee.
Wyke impressed upon the club kids the word “sublimated,” which means to be raised on high. He said that they needed to focus on turning a negative situation into a motivating factor.
For Wyke, his motivation to become a responsible citizen came from his mother along with three men who mentored him as he matured. He was one of twelve siblings, so money was scarce and only the bare necessities were met in his family. But he did not allow this upbringing to discourage him. Instead, he determined that he would be the first in his family to graduate from college - a goal he met in 1987 when he graduated from Lambuth University.
Wyke told the club members that they can achieve whatever they want as long as they are willing to work hard. The poverty he grew up in served as a motivator to never return to that state. His dreams and aspirations far superseded the peer pressure that he was faced with. In college, as his friends would go to parties, he would instead slip out the back door and return to studying. He knew that he could not afford a second or a third chance. He had to get it right the first time.
This mindset pushed him into a course of success he continues to this day. He now lives in Chattanooga and started the Darrell Wyke Professional Training school as well as a homeless ministry that feeds 120 people every week for the past seven years.
According to Wyke, at some point, young people will be faced with the truth and reality of what they have done in their lives. He said that you can fool people but, in the end, you will still be faced with the truth.
The Boys & Girls Club in Jackson, Tennessee has five sites around town where they minister to children in need. Their mission statement is “To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” They focus on three goals: 1. keep members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, 2. demonstrate good character and citizenship and 3. live a healthy lifestyle.
The Executive Director, Sabrina Anderson, has been a part of the Boys & Girls Club for 13 years. Her love for the children is evident as she calls them by name and encourages them individually.
To find out more about the Boys & Girls Club, including how you and your family can get involved, go to www.bgcjmc.org or visit their Facebook page.