On top of the HILL!

October 3, 2011
Hosted by R-kal Truluck

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This week on Inside the Trenches we have a special interview with former Pittsburgh Steeler WR Derek Hill about the ups and downs of life after sport and how to stay on the top of the Hill. Derek sits down with your host R-kal Truluck to tell the story of triumph after adversity a show you dont want to miss! Monday 12pm PST Inside the Trenches on the VoiceAmerica Network is home to more than 3 million listeners, Who are you listening to?

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R-kal Truluck

R-kal Truluck

God 1st, Jesus is Lord of my life.

I was born in Brooklyn, New York. Full Name is R-kal Truluck, first name is Swahili meaning Ruler of the Lake. It’s pronounced ARE- Kal. Many call me “TRU.”

I’m a 12year pro-football veteran; I played in 3 leagues (NFL, CFL, and AFL) for such teams as the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Montreal Allouettes, Detroit Fury, and Washington Redskins.

I have hosted the Inside the Trenches Radio Show since 2007 and Inside the Trenches LIVE/TV since 2009. I have been a motivational public speaker for 10+ years and I am the Kids Football Activity Instructor for Lifetime Fitness.

In my collegiate and professional career, I played at SUNY Cortland Division III and went to the NFL, playing pro 1997-2009. I was the first player at Cortland to play Pro Football. In 1998, I was Defensive Player of the Week in my Week 1 debut Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Toronto Argonauts with the CFL. In 2001 Arena Football I was Rookie of the Year and the first true defensive player to win the award. In 2002 I won the Arena Football’s Lineman of the Year, leading the AFL in sacks10.5. I joined the NFL Kansas City Chiefs in 2002 where I was given the Coaches Award for Best Newcomer of the year. I made another stop back to the CFL 2006 and played in my first Championship (Grey Cup). My last stop before retiring was with the AFL Georgia Force in 2008 and finally from the game of football in 2009.

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Priest Adler

Born in Erie PA 9/2/70 Married to my beautiful wife Tina with 4 beautiful daughters, 1 grand daughter and 1 grand son born the same day 3 years apart! I grew up in a low income household with my mother. My father skipped out when I was 6, just recently was reconnected with him and my half sister and half brother. I have been the black sheep of the family since the day I was born. In my childhood is when I found music which altered me away from sports, I have played football, baseball and basketball till I got my first guitar. The heavy metal band Judas Priest has always been my cup of tea, so to speak. This is where my name comes into play. When I was 13 I sewed a Judas Priest hand painted album cover on my leather vest and from that momement on everyone started calling me "Priest". So much so that hardly anyone but my family knew my real name. I tried finding my way threw music, came so close that I had a contract offered to my band but my singer had left the band and we could not find a replacement. But we did record a demo. The bands name was "The Final Generation". View Guest page

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Jeremy Bridges

Jeremy Eugene Bridges (born April 19, 1980 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American football guard for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern Mississippi. Bridges has also been a member of the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins. Early years Bridges graduated in 1998 from South Pike High School in Magnolia, Mississippi, where he played football and was the Pike County, Mississippi Player of the Year as a senior. College career Bridges played college football at Southern Mississippi and graduated with a degree in sports administration. Professional career Philadelphia Eagles Bridges was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round (185th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft but was inactive for the entire season. First stint with Cardinals Bridges was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals on September 6, 2004 and made his first ever NFL start on October 10 at the San Francisco 49ers. He spent two seasons with the Cardinals. Carolina Panthers Bridges was signed by the Carolina Panthers as a free agent and started in the final 14 games of the 2006 season. He was released by the Panthers on February 25, 2009. Washington Redskins Bridges was signed by the Washington Redskins as a free agent on May 3, 2009. He was released during final cuts on September 5.[1] Second stint with Cardinals Bridges re-signed with the Arizona Cardinals on September 8, 2009.[2] View Guest page

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Darry Clack

I began my career Widefield High School in Colorado Springs. The path continued to Arizona State, where I earned all-Pac-10 honors in football in 1984 and ran track also,. Then, it was on to the Dallas Cowboys during the Tom Landry era and a dream-come- true experience. At Widefield High, I played football and ran track and field and was All American. I was a 3 time state champ in track. I set state-record times in the 100 meters, 200 and in the 400. Widefield won team state titles in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Came to Arizona State University to play football and ran track. In 1983, I became the first freshman to lead the Sun Devils in rushing in 30 years. All Pac 10 conference 1984 Dallas selected me in the second round of the 1986 draft, and he played four years with the Cowboys. I left the Cowboys, but tried to stay in the game with brief stops in Cleveland and Toronto, where he played in a Canadian League Grey Cup championship game. He also had a stop in the World League of American Football. Due to knee injuries had to retire from the game After my playing days, I went to University of Texas-El Paso to finish work on undergraduate and advanced degrees. I moved around the business world for a time, but has settled into the banking business for the past 7 years here in Arizona. In 2006 I was selected into the Colorado sports hall of fame View Guest page

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Nick Dimengo

Nick Dimengo, a former editor at Maxim.com, is currently the Digital Specialist at ProPlayerConnect.com. The site helps professional athletes organize and claim injuries, while also marketing them to benefit from discounted business products and autograph appearances, among other things. As a partner with the NFLPA, the site currently boasts close to 2,400 verified professional athletes, and looks to relaunch a Facebook-like fan site in the coming months. Although not a Kenyan, Nick's love for running has taken him to places around the country, and has opened outlets to plan a monthlong run, ending with a 5k to benefit Pediatric Cancer Research in the near future. He also hosts his own radio show, contributes to multiple websites like SorryForPartying.biz and Everyguyed.com, and has dreams of potentially becoming the next Sal Masekela by "doing everything I love, while inspiring others." He lives by the motto, "Life is Beautiful," and that no matter what a day may throw at you, the good times always outweigh the bad. View Guest page

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Mike Hollis

Michael Shane Hollis (born May 22, 1972 in Kellogg, Idaho) is a former professional American football placekicker. He spent most of his nine-year professional career playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL), kicking for the team from 1995–2001 and setting several team records. He then played for the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants before retiring after an injury in 2003. Hollis was born in Kellogg, Idaho and grew up in the Spokane, Washington area, where he graduated from Central Valley High School. He kicked for the University of Idaho in 1992 and 1993 after transferring from Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Washington. Hollis was recruited by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team's inaugural 1995 season. He played for the Jaguars for seven seasons, setting a number of the new club's kicking records. He was released following the 2001 season and was picked up by the Buffalo Bills, for whom he played for one season. View Guest page

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Andy Ives

I have 5 young children which keeps me quite busy but as for work, I like the hands on approach when it comes to doing my own business I like do most of my own artwork, for my radio show, music, and my artists I love much of the american styles of music such as Detroit Techno, House, jazz, r&b,& 80s. Here in England futbol/soccer is our favorite pass time sport and Southampton FC is one of the teams I enjoy to watch. I am a big Miami Dolphins fan for American football (NFL) and Celtic are my favorite Scottish soccer team and have been fans of all 3 for over 30 years, however I have only just become interested in Basketball (Miami Heat (NBA),) at the beginning of this season. So am I ready to go Inside the Trenches? View Guest page

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Corey Jackson

Corey attended the University of Nevada where he focused his studies on speech communications and he became a wonderful speaker and presenter. Corey gained the ability to give a flawless presentation with the showmanship to capture and retain the attention of an audience. With Corey’s background in speech communications he possesses the ability to speak and persuade individuals as well as large or small groups. Corey participated as the captain of the basketball team at the University of Nevada. While excelling as a basketball player at only six feet six inches, Corey’s tenacity and determination enabled him to lead the Western Athletic Conference in rebounding which also led to him ranking fifth in the nation. Corey has always been one for challenges and this became evident once Corey made a transition from a life long basketball player to a football player. He used his fifth year at the University of Nevada to not only complete his academics but he decided to try his hand in a completely different sport all together. Because of his rare ability to make the transition from basketball to football he was labeled a "Jack of All Trades". His willingness to learn and unprecedented work ethic is the reason after only one semester dozens of NFL teams wanted to know who Corey Jackson was. In 2003 Corey signed with the Cleveland Browns making him one of the few players in history to switch from a basketball player to becoming a professional football player. Corey’s relentlessness and drive are reasons he was able to accomplish what everyone else said was impossible. In 2004 the Cleveland Browns sent Corey to NFL Europe to gain valuable experience and to prove that he belonged in the NFL. At this point he knew that it was sink or swim. With his career on the line Corey was feeling tremendous pressure so he did what came natural which was embrace the pressure of the moment. Not only was Corey able to handle the pressure, he also excelled beyond even his own lofty expectations. Corey was awarded most valuable defensive player in Europe as well as MVP of his team. He was able to do this through his drive, poise, and determination. After proving that he was worthy to play in the NFL, Corey spent the next four years playing for the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos. Since that time he has taken on numerous speaking engagements. Corey uses the same skills and tools that made him a very successful athlete in his career outside of sports. Corey has proven he has the ability to adapt and transition in the most difficult of environments. Through his experiences in sports Corey has gain the ability to not only perform but thrive in high pressure situations. View Guest page

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Sydney Justin

Born in New Orleans Louisiana, and raised in South Central Los Angeles, The former Los Angeles Ram and Indianapolis Colt known for his extreme precision in the Art of The Back Peddle, the 5'11" 195lbs athletic and charismatic cover corner nicknamed "Steele." Sydney Justin comes from a very talented and athletic family. Sports and music played a major role in his life as a young man. He participated in church choirs, high school talent shows, and the performing arts. In his senior year of high school he attended Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles for gifted young artists on a full scholarship, where he was taught by the world renowned Artist "Charles White". His favorite artists are: Picasso, Michael Angelo, Charles White, and Ernie Barnes. Nevertheless, football, art, music and his family are his passions. Coaching defensive backs is one of his most celebrated talents. Sydney Justin has coached many, athletes and is noted for his extreme precision in back peddle technique with great success and real results. He has been coaching defensive backs, wide receivers and special teams since his college football years. From high school athletes to professionals, Sydney Justin is well respected as one of today's best defensive back coaches. But his passion is music and, for a number of years has been the lead singer for the legendary vocal group "The Miracles" which was at one time "Smokey Robinson and the Miracles" the group that started Motown records. Sydney has become successor to Smokey and many say he has taken the sound and the songs to new heights. With his mesmerizing sexiness and excitement, The Miracles have made it back on the map after a long hiatus, since former lead singer Bill Griffin (Love Machine) left the group. The Miracles just celebrated their 40th Anniversary and with Sydney and The Sound of the Miracles they have also performed in major casino's in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno, Nevada and many other venues around the world, including a Christmas Tour with the United States of America Air force Band and Orchestra, throughout Europe. With the Air Force Orchestra Sydney and the Miracles also preformed a number of concerts at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. for Vice President Al Gore and many other U.S. and worldly dignitaries. View Guest page

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Larry M. Klukaszewski

Larry M. Klukaszewski, pronounced Klu-ka-shev-ski, is an elementary school teacher who is successfully running his own sports art company, Larry Klu Productions. He has been inspired by his family and students, past and present, in creating his art and this website. After continually telling his students to pursue their dreams in life, "Mr. K." decided that it was time to practice what he had been preaching and to begin work on his childhood dream of becoming an artist. In November 2007, he left his house one cold night to sell some simple sketches as Christmas presents from the back of his Blazer, and less than five years later, he can now say that his work resides in the collections of many prominent athletes, past and present, most recently, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Steeler Nation" was able to watch Larry on the Hines Ward Show in December 2008 as he presented the host with a hand-painted authentic game helmet containing beautiful artwork done to celebrate Mr. Ward's brilliant career. Hines, in fact, remarked that it was "very detailed." However, Larry's proudest moment came when he was able to personally deliver a custom painted NFL Duke portrait ball of Mr. Rooney to him during a visit to the Steeler Chairman's office. The ball can now be seen permanently displayed by the Steelers in the Great Hall at Heinz Field. Larry continues to do work for professional athletes and their charities. He is currently working on projects for James Farrior's 51 Foundation and Heath Miller's annual Glimmer of Hope event which raises money in the fight against breast cancer. "Klu" has also recently become the official artist of the premiere Steelers fan club in the world, the "Steel City Mafia." The "mafia" is an organization well known for uniting Steeler fans and families while remembering to give back to charities across the country. This wonderful organization bestowed upon Larry its highest honor in September 2010 by making him an honorary boss. "Klu" was proudly pinned by Steeler great, John "Frenchy" Fuqua at the mafia's annual sitdown banquet in Pittsburgh View Guest page

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James Loving

James Loving is a Former Professional American Football Player who played receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. After graduating from Alan B. Shepard High School in 1984, Loving had a stellar collegiate career playing 2 years at Santa Rosa Jr. College (84-86) in California then at the University of Wyoming (86-88). He was drafted in 1988 to the Canadian League (British Columbia team) before being asked to sign with the Eagles that same year. He played 2 years with the Eagles before ending his NFL playing career due to a major knee injury. In 1994 he and some of his fellow former NFL buddies put on a football camp in Wyoming called "The Double Bay Football Camp." It was a huge success. He has dedicated his life to empowering the Inner City Youths by motivating them and giving them hope for a better future. Loving assures them that there are so many avenues that they can use to achieve their life goals. He does this by working hard to develop and implement programs such as football camps and other educational and social events designed to teach the fundamentals and build self confidence. Besides his camps and other Philanthropy work he also gives back by volunteering and donating money to "The Right Star Outreach Center" run by his mother in Robins, IL. Loving currently resides in Litchfield Park, Arizona where he has gone back to school for his masters in Communications. View Guest page

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Robert Allen Mansfield

Known as Mr. Independent to the people of Pennsylvania Robert Allen Mansfield is the former Republican and Independent candidate for Governor. Of Pennsylvania. In 1991 Robert earned his GED and accepted Jesus Christ into his life. He continued his religious studies in 1996 when he began studying Reformation Theology, which led him to his confirmation in the Reformed Episcopal Church. Robert is currently a member of Grace Reformed Episcopal Church in Collingdale Pennsylvania. After re-enlisting in the Army National Guard in 2005, Robert volunteered to serve in Iraq. Then in December of 2006 he was deployed to Iraq where he served 1 year. Robert also served with the 1st Army Division at Fort McCoy Wisconsin and In 2008 Robert was assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion in Fort Knox Kentucky. after having a Partial Nephectomy and cancerous tumor removed from his left kidney. Today Robert Allen Mansfield is a Type 2 Diabetic and is a Cancer Survivor. In 2010 Robert was diagnosed with having a mild traumatic Brain Injury from his service in Iraq. Robert is retired from the U.S. Army and is unashamedly proud of serving as a Sergeant his numerous citations including: Two Army Commendation Medals, The Iraq campaign Medal with 2 stars, The Combat Action Badge,, Six Army Achievement Medals, The National Defense Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Army Service ribbon, The Overseas Service Ribbon, The Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “ M”, Device and the Operation Katrina Humanitarian Service Medal. His Colleagues in Det (1) 131st Transportation unit Affectionately calls Robert “ The Midnight Rider “ and “ Radio “. For all the difficulties Robert has endured throughout his life, he has come through with the perseverance and fortitude that defines an American an America...For everytime that he got knocked down he got back up. His life is that of any American, mixed with tragedy and accomplishment. But out of these tragedies comes hope for tomorrow. Robert Allen Mansfield is truly a great American. It is an Honor to Present to some and Introduce to others Mr. Independent, Robert Allen Mansfield. View Guest page

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Lori Nance Parrish

Coming from a working class background, young Lori Nance Parrish moved to Broward County from the Midwest with her family when she was eight years old in 1956. Lori worked as a bookkeeper, a plant store owner, and a painting and landscape contractor while raising and supporting her two young children. She volunteered her time to several civic and community groups, including the Davie/Cooper City Chamber of Commerce, PTA, HRS, Red Cross, and the Library Advisory Board, while balancing the demands of home and work. In 1984, motivated by the desire to improve educational standards in Broward County public schools, Lori ran and was elected to a four-year term on the Broward County School Board after defeating her opposition in primary and general elections. She served as Vice Chair and Chair. Lori's common sense approach to government appealed to Broward's diverse voters in 1988 when she ran and was elected to the Broward County Commission. Her straight-talking, "tell-it-like-it-is" style was one of the refreshing changes she brought to County government. As a Commissioner, Lori championed such causes as fiscal restraint, less bureaucracy, environmental protection, the rights of domestic violence victims, public safety, economic development, mass transit and improved health services, including the need for a pediatric pathologist. Dedicated to the equal treatment of all citizens, she has won praise for her efforts to open opportunities for women and minorities, and was inducted into the Broward County Women's Hall of Fame on March 15, 1997. She was elected Vice Chair of the County Commission in 1989 and 1996 and Chair in 1990,1997 and 2001 and was re-elected to four-year terms in 1992, 1996 and 2000, without opposition. In 2004, Lori left the County Commission to run for Broward County Property Appraiser. Running on a promise to ensure a fair shake for all taxpayers, Lori was overwhelmingly elected with 61% of the vote. She was re-elected in 2008 with 97%. Her current term as Property Appraiser runs until January 2013. Since taking office in January 2005 as our Property Appraiser, Lori moved to rapidly modernize the antiquated office she inherited. View Guest page

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Parisnicole Payton

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of The PNP Agency (PNP) a firm that specializes in sports and entertainment public relations and management. PNP provides services for artists, celebrities and athletes. PNP has twenty-five years of corporate experience. PNP has expertise in the sports (9 years) and entertainment (21 years) business, gathered from different sources. PNP is a graduate of Strayer University with Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) in Marketing and Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (BBA) in Management. Also, a graduate of Community College of Philadelphia with an Associate in Arts (AA) majored in Business. PNP has acquired several Certificates of Completion in the areas of Music and Artist Relations from Philadelphia Dell East Music Business Institute and Athlete Management from Sports Management Worldwide. In addition, has completed numerous on-the-job education and internship programs in the related fields: radio and television broadcasting. PNP continues to develop her career by attending and participating as a volunteer administrator for the Super Bowl Host Committee and many other sports and music conferences, events and organizations. PNP is always at the right place at the right time; stationed in the middle of the action. PNP dynamic leadership, time management, stellar customer service and networking skills enables her to give referrals, resources and recommendations of the Who, What, When, Where and Why in the field of sports and entertainment View Guest page

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Ron Pritchard

Ron represented Antioch High School well in 1965, becoming the East Bay Player of the Year, and went on to a nearly decade-long career in the NFL. In his senior year, the gifted prep running back was All-County, All-League, All-Metropolitan, All-Northern California and an Honorable Mention All-America selection in addition to being named East Bay Football Player of the Year. He was chosen to play in the 1965 North-South Shrine Game. The honors continued while at Arizona State University where Ron was an All-America honorable mention and named to the All-Western Conference team as a linebacker in 1966 and 1967. He earned full All-America team honors in 1968, when he was tapped to play in the College All-Star game, Hula Bowl, Senior Bowl, and East-West Shrine Game, where he was named top Defensive player. Ron was named to the Sun Devils' All-Time Football team and to the All-Time Western Athletic Conference team. The 1969 first round draft pick was scooped up by the Houston Oilers and later played for Cincinnati. He was a starter for seven out of nine pro seasons playing for the two teams between 1969-1977. Following his playing days, Ron was inducted into the Arizona State and College Football Halls of Fame and chosen by the Contra Costa Times for its East Bay All-time High School Football Team. View Guest page

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Rhonda Short

A single mother of a teenage daughter in Red Key, Indiana, a substitute teacher by day and a ghost hunter by night. President and Co-Founder of Shadow Patrol Paranormal Investigations. Began ghost hunting because I married and moved into a haunted house. Sylvia Brown was the one who taught me how to "control" the ghosts in my house. I was watching her on Montel and she said to just TELL them to stop it and be firm. It worked. I currently run the Haunted Gray Hotel Ghost hunt and tour here in Red Key, Indiana. Early Years I was a former disc jockey for WZZY Radio in Winchester, Indiana. Eighties music is my favorite but I enjoy 70's and oldies. My sport experience: I was thrown out of the Colt's training camp the first year they were in Anderson. . What makes me, ME I am a horse person and volunteer with 4H horse and pony every year. I photograph horse shows. I have a draft horse named Trouble, my favorite color is fusia and my favorite flower is fusia but I love carnations that have strong scent I was a florist, drywall mudder, a police dispatcher, cabinet maker, turkey breast cutter upper, secretary, DJ, Video jockey for Coca Cola, voice overs for ads and I can be bribed with chocolate. An extraordinary life for an extraordinary person. View Guest page

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Jason Wood

This week Inside the Trenches brings you our very special guest author/publisher/entrepreneur Jason Wood, his stories of his victories and triumphs over adversity to his tell all books "From Here to Half Moon Bay part 1. Listen in as your host the Voice of America R-kal Truluck takes you on a ride out of the woods and into the light as we bring this story to LIFE! A show you dont want to miss. View Guest page

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Cleous Young

Avid Speaker and children’s author, Cleous Young is a man with a dedicated vision. Born in St. Thomas, Jamaica, Young is a former school teacher who became inspired to embrace his literary gift and desire to educate by founding the Non-Profit Organization The Hope-Full Fountain and authoring children’s books. His published works include The Prophetic Artist, The Seasonal Celebration, the Magical Rug and the new interactive eco-friendly CD-Rom, The Mountain of Miracles. The one of a kind interactive CD-Rom is Young’s newest God given creation that he has offered to the market; something that is different from the ordinary paperback or hardcover. Young’s personal credo is that ‘a mustard seed of faith’ can grow into a forest if time is invested into nurturing and nourishing it. It is this philosophy and his personal experiences which he credits with making him the person he is today and the person he will become tomorrow. He seeks to educate others of this proven testimonial manner, particularly children through his inspirational messages. Young first became interested in writing for children after penning the love poem The Prophetic Artist, which later inspired his first book of the same name. His admiration for the innocence of children made authoring children’s works seem like a natural transition and since that time he has developed a strong commitment to making a difference in the lives of young people. Cleous Young currently resides in, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he works on growing his Non-Profit Organization while overseeing his newly formed vision he titles 'Unconventionally Education on the GO.' In this vision, Young spends valuable time in organizing unconventional educational products that can be taken on the GO. This is his way of spreading the gospel of education. He is also available for speaking engagements and workshops. For more information on Mr. Young, please visit www.themountainofmiracles.com View Guest page

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