Pensacola’s Forgotten Youth (Part 3)

Pensacola’s Forgotten Youth (Part 2)
February 26, 2015
Skatepark Advocate Eyes Maritime Park – Pensacola News Journal
April 3, 2015

First off, I’d like to thank everyone who has gotten behind this movement. I am humbled by the substantial amount of people who are eager to help. This idea has evolved into something much bigger than I envisioned, and the future is looking brighter than ever.

However, a few days ago I started feeling like I had bitten off way more than I could chew. I was a bit freaked out and overwhelmed to say the least.  I’ve committed to some big promises and the last thing I want to do is let anyone down; so I quickly began to second guess myself. The next day I ended up grabbing lunch with a friend. He helped put things into perspective which calmed me down and left me feeling determined and relatively at ease.

I began putting together a small group who have taken on some big responsibilities. None of these people have any ulterior motives for helping other than wanting to see change in the community. They all have their own area of expertise that will help us move forward. Grant research, non-profit 501(c)3 designation, fundraising, insurance, accounting and city relations are some of the things we have discussed in depth.

In my last post I announced the next step was launching a website. And it’s going to happen — just with a partial website launch to kick-start the project so we can spend more time articulating my vision. The initial launch for Upward Intuition will give people the opportunity to sign a digital petition to show their support. We’ve already collected over 1,500 signatures, thanks to Chase Marcanio and Brandy Lewis of Zumiez! And if you want, you can leave your email address to stay in the loop and learn how to get involved. Lastly, the website will feature photos of existing locations that will inspire and show what our community can achieve.

On Sunday, March 8, we are hosting a beach day and cookout from 3 to 5pm to celebrate Addie Mason’s birthday. Everyone’s invited. The location will be at Park East past Portofino, but may be subject to change. We will be shooting photos and video for the website launch, which I thank Beau Heubach’s firm Four 32 Media for agreeing to help. They are a very talented group, and I’m ecstatic about their involvement.

Last but not least, we just hit 15,000 views! This is way beyond what I had imagined. I feel like there’s no limit to what we can accomplish together. I thank you all for reading, and please share with your friends.

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” -Alan Cohen