Our mission is to inspire young people to learn, grow and connect through Boots On The Ground & Ten Minutes of Truth.
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Hello, my name is Shawn A. Barksdale,
I'm a father of 3 children, returning citizen, and a community activist. I am passionate about bridging the gap between our youth, the community, and law enforcement. Our youth need information and communication in a way that is meaningful to them and in a language they can understand. I have over the last 5 years immersed myself in understanding the root of the causes of school shootings and other negative behaviors in our young people today.
Shawn A. Barksdale Helps Prevent School Shootings
I'm a father of 3 children, returning citizen, and a community activist. I am passionate about bridging the gap between our youth, the community, and law enforcement. Our youth need information in a way that is meaningful to them and in a language they understand.
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Shawn A. Barksdale & Boots On The Ground Pens Not Pistols Poetry Contest.
How It Works & What We Learned.
Please contact Shawn if you would like the Pens Not Pistols contest in your school. Call 434.446.6633
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT
Shawn A. Barksdale & Boots On The Ground partnered with the Halifax County High School to launch a poetry contest to help deter school shootings. Pens Not Pistols started the framework November 2022 and we will crown our three best on May 31, 2023.
Please contact Shawn if you would like the Pens Not Pistols contest in your school. 434.446.6633 or email@example.com Thank you.
We would like to say thank you to Chief J.A. Jordan and the Chase City, Virginia Police Department for their endorsement. Shawn had the pleasure of spending most of a day with Chief Jordan touring the city in a ride along. They discussed the issues facing the youth and citizens of Chase City where drugs, crime and violence are concerned.
Chief Jordan has a Boots on The Ground approach for his department too. He personally gets out on the road and interacts with the community on a regular basis.
ENJOY THIS 6-MINUTE SHORT TEASE...
Talk with your children about homeownership you will be giving them a huge head start! Shawn A. Barksdale & Tameka Vaden had a long conversation about homeownership.
Thank you, Tameka and Southside Outreach Group, Inc. for putting your BOOTS ON THE GROUND!
WILL YOU MAKE A GOOD DECISION OR FAIL EPICALLY BECAUSE OF YOUR EMOTIONS?
Listen to Shawn as he narrates a short story of about how preparation is nine 10th's of the battle and how it's a foundational element of being prepared for anything.
Ten Minutes of Truth Presents a
Boots on The Ground Production!
Here is a short video clip of one of the four motivational speeches Shawn delivered for "Pens Not Pistols" poetry contest at the Halifax County High School student body!
Remember, USE YOUR WORDS, NOT WEAPONS!
Ten Minutes of Truth Presents a
Boots on The Ground Production!
Founder Shawn A. Barksdale is launching the first "Pens Not Pistols" poetry contest for the Halifax County High School student body! Contact your English teacher to find out how you can participate. Remember, USE YOUR WORDS, NOT WEAPONS!
For more information go to the Boots on The Ground Facebook page! You can contact Shawn A. Barksdale @ 434.446.6633 or for booking Shawn to speak at your school call 434.446.899
A Boots on The Ground Production!
This is a short film dramatizing how you can use your words and not weapons!
You can contact Shawn A. Barksdale @ 434.446.6633 or for booking Shawn to speak at your school call 434.446.8995
Are our children dumb?…
NO! Are our children lost?…
NO! What do we do for them?…
KEEP SHOWING UP!!
Yesterday we took a tour of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. One of the modules dealt with playing a game, which our instructor explained, helps the hippocampus. A part of the brain is involved with forming, storing, and processing memory. These young men did an exceptional job! We have to start to teach and let the youth know it’s ok to let people know you are smart.
Boots on The Ground's Shawn A. Barksdale Interviewed on NBC News 10 Pens Not Pistols Contest
The contest is run through the English department. Shawn will close the contest out on March 17, 2023 and a winner will be announced at Senior day. The 2nd & 3rd place winners will receive a plaque and other gifts and 1st place will get plaque, other gifts and a cash prize.
Shawn A. Barksdale has spent the last few years bridging the gap between young people, law enforcement and our youth. Featured in this presentation at the So. Boston, Virginia public library is Joseph Aikers a success story in the making.
Shawn had the pleasure of speaking at the Hughes Center in South Boston, Virginia. He was tasked with helping to cultivate an open dialogue with the staff and students and he hit the bulls eye for sure.
This video is to inspire young people, families to talk to one another with respect, dignity and compassion while being brutally honest in the process.
Shawn is putting his boots on the ground!
Shawn Barksdale, founder of Boots on the Ground and Ten Minutes of Truth, traveled to Richmond, VA to share his story with the League Voters and tell how he and his daughter were able to vote together for the first time voting.
We need to pass SB842 Second Look and SJ223/HJ520 Right to #VotingRights #ReformativeJustice
Hello, We are excited at the turnout for the Second Look Bill 842.
This is a short video that the Ten Minutes of Truth & The Boots On The Ground Initiative put together to capture such a monumental push for such a powerful Bill.