Meet Roosevelt Gilmore, Prevention Educator for Guys Groups
I attended Florida International University (FIU) and majored in Psychology.
What do you think is the most challenging thing about being a teen today?
The suppression or the inability to discover one’s true authentic self is the most challenging thing about being a teen today. Teens are bombarded with images, music, shows, etc. about what being a man or woman is. Teens often times posture themselves for what is expected of them, not who they want to be. Having a place where they can discover themselves aside from what is expected of them is essential.
What is one piece of advice you have for teens today?
Be patient with everything; be your best authentic self, and discover your uniqueness.
If you could teach the world one thing, what would it be?
I would teach the world to have a consciousness to love, an openness to love people that are different. If there was a consciousness to love, and not just a tolerance of our differences, I think that many of the problems we are facing in the world from racism, wars, exploitation, violence, marginalization, poverty, et cetera could be prevented.
What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
I love to sing. Do I sound good? That depends on the song. I’m aware of my range.