Uplifting the Next Generation’s Leaders - Bill Keyes

Inspiration And Insights
2 min readMar 1, 2021
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Bill Keyes is determined to create a lasting impact on young talent in his community. He is passionate about uplifting the next generation’s future leaders.

African Americans still do not receive the same opportunities and/or advantages as other groups do. Bill is changing that one young man at a time through his organization, The Institute for Responsible Citizenship. This organization is an intensive program that picks 12 of the highest achieving African American students and gives them the tools and resources to become successful men and future leaders.

Bill recently gave some insights into his inspirations in an interview with ideamensch.

“Sadly, some of the most talented African American male college students are ignored and neglected. Though these young men need as much guidance and support as anyone else, too many people look at them and say, ‘They will be fine. I’d rather focus on young men who really need my help.’ Or, talented young men are often ignored in favor of those pursuing futures as athletes or entertainers. I had the strong desire to recognize and reward young African American men who are working hard and achieving great success in and out of the classroom.

“I brought these ideas to life by convincing talented young men just how talented they are, showing them the tremendous opportunities that are available to them, inspiring them to take advantage of those opportunities, supporting them on their journey toward success, and constantly reminding them that the purpose of their hard work and success is to be a blessing in the lives of others. My ideas come to life as my alumni are serving as lawyers, doctors, pastors, journalists, teachers, businessmen, and in so many other capacities in which they are making a difference.

“My advice to aspirational college students is to get all of the education and credentials you can get as quickly as possible. Then, the quality of the opportunities that come your way will be much greater, allowing you to build a great life and career faster.”