Alphonso Amos is an engaging upbeat twenty three year old male whose story will show your audience why it is important to follow their dreams and keep faith in God no matter what obstacles are thrown at them. Born into poverty to a single mother, he’ll discuss his childhood, experience with being raised by a single mother, the road from escaping the everyday world of drugs and violence in the Ghetto, his faith in God and how he almost lost his life to a bullet which is still in his chest and used as a daily reminder to his importance to send a message to many. You would think with many life changing events this young man would have given up on life, but he continues to move forward in life stepping out on faith striving to achieve all of his goals and dreams using God as his guide; he also tries to make a difference putting smiles on others faces by encoring them sending the message that there will be brighter days. He tries to show people that he came from your everyday normal college student to being a victim of crime to a sought after motivational speaker, author and an aspiring actor in less than year. Alphonso helps motivate our young people to strive for the best; he also educates adults on the importance of positive mentors in the lives of our young people. He is an author, youth activist, motivational speaker, Director of Mentor and Volunteer services at a Non-profit organization known as SONS Outreach (Save Our Neighborhood and Streets). Alphonso is also a dedicated and faithful member and servant at the Restoration Christian Community Church under the leadership and direction of a great man of God, Pastor Carl E. Miller. He works throughout the ministry as a youth leader, Sunday school teacher, greeter and missionary. He self-published his first book in 2010 titled “Reality Poetry “and has been featured as a guest on many different radio talk shows across the nation. He is a member of the National Urban League, National Action Network, Nation Association for the Advancement of Colored People, The National Black Child Development Institute, Michigan Right to Life foundation, Port Huron, Michigan’s Citizens for a Vibrant Community and is an award nominee for the Generation BEFY (Black, Educated, Focused, and Yielded)Howard/Fowler-Davis Destined for Greatness Award: This annual award is given to an individual who continues to accomplish and achieve in the face of obstacles and odds. Alphonso strives to make a difference in his community and works motivating youth to follow their dreams no matter what obstacles come their way. He believes in the motto “If you can imagine it, you can dream it. Dream it and you can become it.” With all that He has been through Alphonso continues to make a difference in his community. He ran for a seat for the 2010 city of Port Huron City Council and is currently running for a seat for president for the Port Huron Branch of the NAACP all at the young age of 23.
Alphonso has received his Associates degree in Christian in Studies from the Sure Foundation Theological Institute in Seminole, FL Bachelor degree in Church ministry from The Sure Foundation Theological Institute and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from, Ashford University. Amos is a Powerful motivational speaker. He was in many public speaking competitions as a high school student in his schools Future Business Leaders of America Chapter in which he was chapter president for two years. He is a youth activist and youth leader. Amos was also an AmeriCorps member and serviced at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit as a Mentor Recruitment Coordinator helping create caring adults for today’s youth. He is currently the Director of Mentor and Volunteer services for SONS Outreach whose mission is to disciple urban youth and to positively influence their families and their environment through programs and activities centered in the person, power, and purpose of the Lord Jesus Christ. While helping find healthy adults to mentor our children.
Q & A with Alphonso Amos:
BS: You have been through experiences that many people placed urban settings can relate to. Often minorities, especially young black men are told that the only place they will end up is in jail or dead. You seem to have defied that notion. What made you choose this path versus the path we are often taught that our young black people are destined for?
Alphonso Amos: I have an older brother that is in prison for attempted murder, I learned from his mistakes. I watched the pain and problems he caused my mother and did not want to be a burden on her. I also had to fill the spot as an older brother to my younger siblings and wanted to be a good example for them. Growing up there were two options, I had one was to go to school and get an education work hard and achieve great things or the other was to sell drugs and live the street thug life. I watched friends and family end up in prison and dead and chose the latter, which was getting an education and striving to achieve.
BS: You almost lost your life to a stray bullet. How do you think this “near death” experience has molded you into who you are today?
Alphonso Amos: My near death experience has helped mold me into the person that I am today because it showed me that at any moment something could happen and my life could be over. It challenged me to make the most out of the time I have here on earth and not to take life for granted. It also introduced me into a relationship with God, which has helped me to grow.
BS: There are many struggles you have faced. Of these, which do you think is the most significant that has led you to the path you are on today and why?
Alphonso Amos: The most significant struggle I’ve faced that have led me on the path that I am on today would have to be me being shot and almost losing my life. The doctors thought I wasn’t going to make it and they didn’t believe that I would recover a hundred percent and the struggle for me was overcoming what the doctors said. I had to find the strength to endure and encourage myself to not let the situation at hand take control over my life. I almost gave up hope and thought that I would never recover then one day I picked up my bible and began reading it and it was like the scriptures I was reading pertained to me directly. That day I found hope which then gave me the strength to say that I was not going to allow my circumstance to dictate my future.
BS: What made you want to share your story and inspire others?
Alphonso Amos: I was inspired to share my story because I know others are out there dealing with some of the same issues and don’t know how to cope with them. I enjoy motivating and inspiring others to be over-comers.
BS: I understand that you are a believer and follower of Christ. Has this always been the case? How do you feel God has impacted your life through this journey?
Alphonso Amos: Growing up as a kid I was really involved in church, my mother dragged my brothers and I every Sunday and Wednesday and I began to enter into a relationship with Christ then as I got older at around the age of 18, I walked away and begin to drink, smoke weed and party. I was angry with the attention my older brother was getting from being a screw up. The night I got shot I didn’t know what to do so I grabbed hold of what I learned as a child and prayed. Since then I have been walking as a follower of Christ. The fact that a bullet that is a half an inch away from my aorta artery helps me keep my faith in believing that God had His hands on me that night and showed me mercy.
BS: A single mom raised you. There are a high percentage of African American fathers that are absent in their children’s lives. Do you feel that your father’s absence would have alleviated some of life’s impasse that you had to face?
Alphonso Amos: I do believe that my father’s absence would have alleviated some of life’s impasses I had to face because for a long time I lashed out because I didn’t have a father. At times when I needed my father the most he wasn’t there. I didn’t have anyone to show me how to throw a football, dribble a basketball, tie a tie, or even to discuss the true meaning of manhood, which caused me to be very bitter and angry. A lot of times I blamed him for my mishaps and for the fact that my family struggled.
BS: Your mother has obviously done an amazing job raising you. What do you believe is the most important concept she has instilled in you?
Alphonso Amos: I believe the most important concept my mother has instilled in me is to never lose faith and to never give up on my hopes and dreams she also taught me the importance of an education she would say “ Your education is the only thing people can’t take away from you. They can’t take your money, car, clothes, house and family but they can’t take away the knowledge you have obtained through your education.
BS: What advice do you have for young people who are facing these same struggles that you have overcome? What would you tell those going through the same trials and tribulations but struggling with faith? What message would you relay to single mothers raising their sons?
Alphonso Amos: For young people who are facing these same struggles I have had to overcome I would encourage them to be their own individual, never follow the crowd but lead and lead by example. I would also like to say to them that they are not alone many have had to face these same obstacles find an over-comer and allow them the opportunity to mentor you. Lastly, you are not your situation or the product of your environment those are lies that have been spoken over our young people that they begin to believe and I am a firm believer that with hard work and faith you do not have to be like others around you. For those who are struggling with faith I would like to say hold on, God hears your cries at times when you don’t think He is listening He is, trust in the Lord with all your heart and try not to lean on your own understanding. Those struggles are there as tests use those tests as tools to strengthen you and remember there is nothing too hard for God. For single mothers raising their sons don’t give up on them, often times we have mothers who give up on their children way to soon, they write them off by the actions of their fathers. I get so tired of hearing mothers speak negativity over their children “You’re going to be just like your father, no good” and etc. Remember life and death is in the power of the tongue and what you speak out of your mouth over your sons will come to pass. Be the encouragement for these young men, don’t allow them to see other men disrespect you because they are watching you as an example and how you let other men treat you they will model because they are trying to identify and understand manhood.