Name: Jay Barnet
Company: The Me Project
What inspired the ME project?
During my teen years, my parents divorced and my dad disconnected from our family leaving me emotionally scarred and confused. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized that all of my deficiencies were from my teen years. Every experience from my past had shaped my present, and I realized that those emotions kept me from being a functional man in society. I eventually sought out professional help and through my healing I was inspired to help other young white, black and Hispanic men who were suffering from similar issues.
Tell me about your book Finding Our Lost Kings & Queens?
In my book Finding Our Lost Kings & Queens, I share my own personal story of struggling with suicide and depression as a teen. I talk about some of the issues that teens face today and I also give strategies on how to bridge the gap between parents, children and their teachers. Most of all, I want to help this generation understand that they are kings and queens.
How did being a professional athlete prepare you for your new career?
Being a professional athlete for the Green Bay Packers and playing arena football helped to prepare me a lot because when you work for yourself, you are the employer and the employee. Having the discipline to be better than good really pushes me on days that I don’t feel like going the distance. Being an author takes major discipline and sports in general teaches you life skills that you can’t get anywhere else. I continue to workout my mind and body like I am a professional athlete by eating healthy, and working out so my body and spirit stay in condition for balancing stress and a huge workload.
Where do you see the ME project five years from now?
I see the ME project being an international program around the globe. It will be a program of excellence that will teach mentors, teachers and parents how to be effective in their interaction with the youth.