and Negative Thinking
is the ultimate goal of this initiative
We train professionals and everyday citizens on how to use new, effective, and innovative life-skills tools that are specifically designed to improve the lives of high-risk behavior youth. These tools are relevant to this generation, easy to learn and have already saved countless young lives.
Believing In Georgia’s Children is a project that was inspired by some Gwinnett County, (Georgia) school counselors, in November 2004. They were tired of watching high-risk behavior students get suspended and expelled, instead of getting help. They challenged Mr. Larry Veal, National Speaker, Trainer, and Author to develop a program to address this national need.
Our Goal: Enable school systems, politicians, and other leaders to finally start emphasizing and investing in intervention and prevention services for high-risk students and less on punishment.
“Spending more money to incarcerate is a $70,000,000,000 a year failed experiment to American Taxpayers. To continue this practice is “FOOLISH.”
– Thomas DeMichele, Head Author and Content Strategist for sites like Fact/Myth & CryptoCurrency Facts
BIG-C is passionate about changing lives because we know that
School shootings and youth violence are not natural disasters…
What Big-C Is About
Identify high-risk individuals who are having challenges and may be in need of support and or encouragement. The BIG C’s original curriculum “I Have Willpower” includes an assessment that helps identify which underlying reasons are causing students to have life challenges. Once identified, we will introduce specific solution based concepts and theories that may help overcome those challenges with faith-based concepts.
Together our team and yours will help create a plan that will best enable students to comprehend new life skills tools, lesson plans, and behavior modification ideas. This will be accomplished through focus groups, individual & group mentoring, career & recreational resources, family enrichment, and other after school community-based interactions.
Track progress with pre and post tests, individual assessments, evaluations, progress reports, and individual treatment plans. All of this will aid with finding long term support with existing programs. These existing programs will now have a better understanding of who the students are and how to address their troubled areas. This will also enable collaborating agency on how to best address them with real solution based initiatives.
Teaching students our original term, COFO, so they can learn to be in control of their future outcome, not the government or justice system.
Hear from Big C Founder, Larry Veal, at the Norcross Fellowship Luncheon on December 18, 2019
Community & Educational Panels
“Last year (Spring 2019) our middle school counselors chose your Professional Development sessions as one of top three of twenty.”
Mrs. Tierney Keaton
Chairman, Gwinnett County
Middle School Counseling
Article taken from Atlanta Journal Constitution, Gwinett County Written December 17th, 2005
“One of the teenagers Veal worked with was 16 year old Tony Green of Snellville. Green’s mother thought the youngster was on the verge of following his older brother into a life of crime (his older brother was murdered at the age of 17). She heard about Veal’s program and called him. That was three years ago. “It definitely helped me when I was going through stuff to talk to Larry.” Green said. “I had failed eighth grade before I worked with Larry.” Since that time, Green said, his life has turned around. “Now I have not failed any grades, he said I’ve changed my relationship with my parents. And my goal is to be a Marine.”
“His talks are wonderful,” said Takilla Glover, a counselor at Brookwood High School. The students said they could really relate to him. They said he was real.
Once while watching an NFL game a Sunday, I received a phone call. This call from a male, he had an unknown deep sounding tone.
“Hello Is this Mr. Veal?”
“Yes, who is calling?” I responded.
“This is (redacted).”
“I was in your program, seven years ago, my mom asked me to give you a call. She demanded that I contact you to update you on my current situation”
This was a student that was sent to a Rockdale (GA) County Alternative School at age 15, and his mom reached out to me for assistance. I was able, through a lot of ups and down get him through our program and back into regular school.
“Mr. Veal” he continued, “I just want you to know that I recently graduated from Vanderbilt University, with a degree in Aeronautical Engendering. She told me to tell you, thank you”
Our Philosophical Statement
Have you ever driven your car to work, home or some other place that you frequent, and all of a sudden, you’ve reached your destination without remembering HOW you made it? You completely don’t remember the drive. The many stop lights, the numerous street signs, the turns—all are forgotten. Why? This happens because you are so used to taking that route. You’ve done it so often, that the drive becomes second nature. And what do you know—you’re there. Then you ask yourself, “How did I get here?” Every day, some young people find themselves at destinations at which they, too, stop and ask “How did I get here?” How did I land myself in jail, expelled from school, or in the hospital? They too, have gone blank with the answer to this question. They’ve gone blank because they have also taken those same routes or witness others take the routes that lead to destruction so much, that it has become second nature.
Is it possible for juveniles to find themselves in jail or kicked out of school without considering the steps it took to get there? If you read the newspapers or look at the evening news, then you know the answer to this question is a resounding YES! There are many facets to adolescent life that make it easy to get lost in a world of trouble and mischief. Especially when many of the people that the youth admire and look up to, glorify violence in some form. Many movies and other media gain audiences by showing a young person with a gun, in a gang, smoking, using drugs, or committing violent acts. It’s not difficult to become consumed with these thoughts and actions.
Consider this. Every year many people’s lives are devastated by tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. That’s a given. It has always been and will always be that way. Why? The occurrence of a tornado, hurricane, or an earthquake is a natural disaster, an act of God, if you will.
On the contrary, a kid hurting or killing another kid is not a natural disaster. All we can do about a natural disaster is gain information and get out of the way. On the other hand, when it comes to kids and crime, the best we can do is gain information and get IN the way. Get in the way with love, peace, patience, guidance, and hope. Big C provides a vehicle to travel down that road.
The primary goal of our curriculum and service is to address the main reasons why youth make negative choices and help youth learn to apply concepts and sensible faith-based thinking that will assist them with making better choices.