• 34 Ways Foundation was founded as a support organization to provide guidance and encouragement to children through football camps, activities, and programs. Our mission is to help youth by promoting sports, academics, and other mentoring programs that build character, teach discipline, and encourage good health and education.
• Our motto at 34 Ways Foundation is “Teaching, Reaching, and Educating Youth 4 Life!” This goal oriented message is a simple one in that it inspires and motivates the community to encourage the youth to attain their goals.
Founder of 34 Ways Foundation
• Charter the foundation on college campuses throughout the Southern states utilizing University of Memphis as the first University to house this foundation to empower youth as well as the students on campus. This will enable the students to participate in community service, become student tutors at the university as well as the local high schools. Provide the students with other resources toward upward mobility.
• 34 Ways Foundation uses sports and other various activities as a vehicle to reach out to children and the community. We believe that children need guidance and encouragement to turn their dreams into reality.
• The goal is to foster an environment that not only creates positive individuals, but also instilling pride in one’s self and community.
• Give communities something to look forward to each year while leaving a lasting impression and a more positive outlook on life for all parties involved.
Goals of the Foundation
Who does it target and support?
What brought about its establishment and when was it established?
In what ways does the foundation contribute to the Memphis community?
34 ways Foundation participated in Memphis, Tennessee, for the 24rth Anniversary of the Africa-In-April Festival, held April 15 – 18, 2010. The Republic of Nigeria was this year’s featured country. This is a unique event that focuses on bringing African dignitaries, ambassadors, and culture to the Memphis Community on an annual basis. Corporate partners have worked diligently on an exciting series of training sessions, networking opportunities and marketing outlets for the venue.
With special guest from New Orleans, La. DRAGO’S charbroiled Oysters Restaurant, The ZULU tramp’s Experience, a Mardi Gras float designed by The Kern’s of Mardi Gras World, and last but not least the second line Band. To add a little flare to the event we also provided hot plates of signature dishes from New Orleans, La. The menu was Gumbo, Jambalaya, shrimp and Pepper Corn soup.
What are the upcoming events or annual events held in the area?
What are some noted achievements the foundation can list since its establishment?
b.) Lake Charles, La. Charity Events- 34 WAYS Foundation selects 5 schools each year to host an Essay Writing Contest explaining why their family should be chosen to receive gifts and food baskets during the holidays. 5 top winners are selected by me and presented with a autographed framed action photo to them in front of their family, teachers, principals, peers, and last but not least the Mayor, Randy Roach.
c.) After School Student- Athlete Mentoring Program- I chose my high school, Miami Norland High School; because I know firsthand what is needed outside of regular day to day teachings to assist our youth in furthering their education as a student athlete. After several years these students have made a tremendous improvement in their grades as well as their performance as an athlete.
What would you say are some of his proudest moments as founder of this organization?
For several years now Mr. Donald Rouse and I, Michael McKenzie “34 WAYS Foundation “has teamed- up to give thousands of toys, turkeys, chickens, all the dressings and fixings, for the youth in New Orleans, La.
Aristotle tells us that we are the sum of our actions and motivation. As a mentor and motivator for youth I appreciate the premise that an individual’s cumulative actions can result in a fantastic end. At “Rouse’s Grocery store” we have taken this even further. We have taken action this year and we have done so collectively and I can only pay tribute to the outcome. Thanking all volunteers for their support and hard work in making this event a success.
On June 27, 2010 Mike McKenzie and 34 WAYS Foundation participated in the Zydeco Festivities by signing T-shirts, photos, hats, and other memorabilia. Photos with Mike McKenzie were readily available immediately after the pictures were taken with him. In Lake Charles, La. 34 WAYS Foundation will kick- off the 2010-2011 school years with the proceeds from the Trail Ride by providing Back 2 School supplies and back packs.
34WAYS Foundation joined the MLK Coalition of Southwest Louisiana in celebrating the birthday of slain civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., with activities ranging from prayer and song to discussion and reflection. Highlighting the celebrations is the annual Memorial Breakfast. There are many activities throughout this weekend each year.
In each city I have played football in, I have also begun an outreach program.
Why is it important to me to give back to those communities? (Miami, Memphis, New Orleans)
We, as a foundation, provide valuable learning experiences in a positive and supportive manner to as many children as we are able to fund. These experiences will help individuals to better understand the necessary skills that life demands and empower them to realize the choices and options that are available to them. One of the things that differentiate our product and service from other charitable groups is our background in our own inner city. We at 34 Ways Foundation are a product of the same community where individuals invested their time and energy into us and it’s only right we give the same time and energy back.
Our background in the community allows us to relate to the needs of the youth and its make the assimilation of the community and youth easier for us. 34 Ways Foundation is well aware of the conditions and pressure faced by youth in the community because we were faced with similar situations. A mutual understanding and appreciation exists between our foundation and the community that makes our service invaluable.