MLK Creating SoulForce for Youth & Young Adults

This seminar will look at the rise and challenge of SNCC movement within the Civil Rights movement. In the labs this seminar will examine the promise and challenge of the youth movement in South Africa, China and United States.



8 sessions over 4 weeks

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
from “Strength to Love” 

The Discipline of Cybernetics

Applying the discipline of cybernetics to youth leadership program development

Opportunity Youth

Designing and implementing a leadership curriculum for opportunity youth

King interpretation

Prepare a philosophy of youth engagement that has at its core the King interpretation of Soul Force

Review of history of youth programs typology

  • Intervention
  • Prevention
  • Social programming
  • Leadership


  • Youth Potential Today
  • Northern Ireland Youth Program
  • South African Youth

Cybernetics and SoulForce

  • Gandhi use of SoulForce
  • King use of SoulForce


  • Cambodia and Hope issues
  • 1960’s Kids movement

Obstacles and opportunities

  • Finding Leaders
  • Mentorship
  • Teachers vs. facilitators


  • Exercise for Training vs. Teaching



  • Markers of success
  • Tracking and Selecting Youth
  • Magnification Affect


  • Case study for achievement
  • Live conversation

Thought Leaders


Rev. Byron Bland

Retired Associate Director of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation and a research associate at CDDRL

Stanford, CA

Bishop Ernie Jackson, MBA

Bishop of Grace Tabernacle Church 

San Francisco, CA


Floyd Thompkins, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer
Justice and Peace Foundation


Hardware Requirements
This course can be taken on either a microphone and video enabled PC or Mac device, including tablets, and smartphones.

Software Requirements
PC: Windows XP or later.
Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
Browser: The latest version of Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred.
Zoom: Click here to download Zoom
Salesforce: Free and downloadable on your mobile device’s App Store.  Also accessible via your chosen internet browser via

Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

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