WMC: My Empire Junior: 14-year-old empowers kids to follow their dreams
We begin with Cleveland Yates, 14. He’s a Briarcrest Christian School student who is doing some amazing work.
Cleveland is anything but ordinary. At age nine, he started his own non-profit organization, “Kidz Do Positive Things.”
“Kids want to get involved. It’s just sometimes we just don’t have things to get involved with,” Cleveland explained.
Under his non-profit, Cleveland launched his own TV show on WTWV, Channel 23.
“It’s a show about encouraging and empowering kids to pursue their dreams,” he said.
Cleveland interviewed the likes of Memphis TODAY Show Kid Reporter Deidra Shores and Memphis’ most famous young chef, Logan Guleff.
In his daily walk, Cleveland uses his musical talents to channel his energy into volunteerism.
He started playing drums at age two and keyboard at age eight. In addition to performing with his two bands, including the Stax Junior Academy, Cleveland finds time to perform for children with chronic illnesses.
“I have parents who really believe in entrepreneurship and community service,” he added. “They just put that in me just to go out to help other people.”
With the web becoming the dominant force in media, Cleveland is now launching the online show “Cleveland and the Community.”
“It’s just a positive resource for kids,” he explained.
He hopes if kids see other kids doing positive things, it could help them find the answer to achieving their dreams.
“I believe God placed me here just to help other people and let them know that they can do anything they want to do–which is the purpose of Cleveland and the Community–just let them know that that whatever they want to do, they can do it if they put their minds to it,” he said.