While visiting middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the U.S. and internationally, P2P’s founder (Omari Pearson) observed that too many students lack access to mentors who can serve as role models to help them nurture their personal and professional goals. Millions of young people are entering adulthood unprepared for college and careers, missing out on opportunities that could propel them into their dreams. Without mentors, many students fail to develop the “soft skills” needed to effectively transition from middle school to high school, high school to college, and from college to the workforce. Personal responsibility, accountability, and discipline are some of the “soft” or life skills that are extremely important for students to achieve their goals.
P2P was founded with these students in mind. P2P is a career-driven life skills and mentoring company that equips students with the necessary life skills to prepare them to succeed in high school, college, and their careers. P2P helps students in their preparations through its proprietary curriculum and train-the-trainer mentoring program (SAAC). These programs teach students how to apply values, clarity, purpose, and leadership to their education and activities in a blended learning model, giving them the necessary tools to thrive in their high school, college, career, and life’s pursuits.
Statistically speaking Omari Pearson is not supposed to have become an author, entrepreneur, husband, proud father, or mentor. But, as many say “pressure either bursts pipes or creates diamonds”, it is up to you.
The pressures of losing his mother at 6; not having his father in his life until he was an adult; growing up in an inner-city environment for the majority of his life then moving to a suburban area creating a cultural and identity turmoil to find his purpose. Attending 8 different schools in 4 different states from K-12th grade created a passion…no it created a diamond-like focus on how his journey could help others by allowing them to learn from not only his journey but the journey of others. Whether overcoming his own educational deficiencies to becoming an academic all-conference student-athlete with a 3.3 GPA at UNLV. Or his ability to pull and combine the wisdom and positive qualities of the men in his life to shape his work ethic, perspective, and tenacity. He learned how to leverage his situations to become stepping stones to his success and to reach his goals. To move from just surviving, but thriving while pursuing his goals.
Passion to Purpose, Inc. was created to be a substitute for those who needed someone to point them in a direction that could rewrite their future, by connecting the “dots” they may have not even realized where missing.
Over the last 7 years, Omari has been speaking at colleges and universities across the US and Internationally sharing with students how to better navigate their educational journey in pursuit of their financial, life, and career goals. He quickly learned many students today still are not being thorough in their research and pursuit of their educational and career goals. Because of this Passion to Purpose, Inc. was created to move students from a “checkers” mentality to a “chess” mentality with their short and long-term career and life goals.
In October of 2010, Omari authored “Keys to Rebuilding Your Foundation” to serve as a starting point to help equip youth with the “soft skills” to position themselves for success. The birth of that book has now grown into a mentoring curriculum that is serving students in New York and Maryland.
Recently, with the assistance of Dr. Kevin Ringhoffer, Omari created the first national mentoring program for the high school athletics and other activities participates for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). This program will serve all 50 state members, which includes 18,000+ high school and 11 million high school students.
Due to his journey, books and workbooks authored, and relationships Omari Pearson is becoming a sought-after leader in educational career driven leadership, mentoring, and life skills. Omari partners with Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Connecticut State High School Athletic Associations and numerous colleges as a speaker and content expert.
A native of the Chicago-land area. Omari attended the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) where he was an academic all-conference student-athlete and Mansfield University where he became there first ever basketball All-American in school history. Both Omari and his wife Candace were professional basketball players.
He resides in the Washington DC area with his wife Candace and their two sons Omari Joshua and Josiah.
It has been said that opportunity follows adversity. Passion to Purpose, Inc. (“P2P”) was birthed out of its founder’s personal storm to realize his own purpose, as revealed through his passions; hence the name, “Passion to Purpose”.
A dream must be attached to a plan of action to prevent it from becoming a fantasy. –Omari Pearson
Passion to Purpose, Inc. was created to be a substitute for those who needed someone to point them in a direction that could rewrite their future, by connecting the “dots” they may have not even realized where missing. Let us help you reach your dreams!
What an amazing opportunity to impact high school student athletes and activity participants! Thanks to the National Federation of High School State Associations (NFHS) and Elliot Hopkins 18,000+ High Schools and 11 million+ high school student athletes and activity participants will have access to this. Published and printed… I’m truly humbled by the blessing of […]
This year the IHSAA Student Leadership Committee brought students from all over Indiana to Plainfield High School in Plainfield, IN. With 1,000+ students attending keynote speakers Harvey Alston and Stephen Bargatze engaged them with “Happy” motivation and magic that bewildered the mind yet while leaving everyone in the room smiling. Passion to Purpose, LLC’s Omari […]
What a GREAT time at the 2017 DC Cap event. Students from across the city came in for two days to prepare for life in college. “Established in the Fall of 1999 by major Washington-area corporations and foundations, DC-CAP is a privately-funded nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and enabling DC public high school students to […]
What a great time at the 2017 National Federation of High School Associations National Student Leadership Summit. I was blessed to be invited another year. Thirty-one states represented this year in Indianapolis, IN with over 180 attendees. The speakers were C.L. Shepherd and Monica Pool Knox and the session leaders were Deb Hult, Dr. Kevin […]
While visiting middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the U.S. and internationally, P2P’s founder (Omari Pearson) observed that too many students lack access to mentors who can serve as role models to help them nurture their personal and professional goals. Millions of young people are entering adulthood unprepared for college and careers, missing out […]
I recently had the opportunity to speak with freshman students at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. For many who may be unaware “SEEK stands for Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge. It is the higher education opportunity program at the senior (four year) CUNY colleges. College Discovery(CD) is the higher education opportunity program at the two year CUNY colleges.” CUNY is […]
For many students like myself. Your parents have always told you “you are going to college!” I heard this all my life. Whether my grandmother (Grana) or my grandfather, I was always told “college was the plan/goal.” My first week in college I had a rude awaking. I realized that I focused so much on […]
I recently had the opportunity to speak to students at CMIT Middle School in Laurel, MD. Despite only having children in elementary school I immediately agreed. I truly enjoyed myself, but more importantly I poured into the kids of others so that when my son is in middle school someone will pour positively into him. […]
Reflecting on my journey I have had to face many hard truths about myself and my own decisions (knowingly and unknowingly), but it is in that place that I have learned the most about myself. This truth has allowed my vision, business, and impact to grow. Everyone makes mistakes in life, but those who can […]
“Many of us have a DREAM, but how many of us are willing to put in the work to finish our race?” -Omari Pearson Sports in its purest form teaches children and adults alike so many life lessons if we are willing to see them for what they are… a vehicle that can allow you […]
“All men (women) dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity (fantasy): but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men (women), for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” – […]
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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” -Abraham Lincoln Everyone says what they want to see, but how many are striving for greatness? Get up today and chase your dreams! No excuses allowed! “Dream so big that it scares you and surround yourself with those who will tell you to get […]
The more transparent I am, the more I have seen kids see they are not the only ones going through a journey. This week I completed something that I started 18 years ago. To be honest, I should have completed it years ago, but now that it’s completed I have a voice for those who […]
Often I find myself trying to figure out the outcome before I move or act, but “sometimes you don’t know you’re taking the first step through a door until you’re already inside.” So step out on faith so that God can enlarge you and your dreams. It was my pleasure partnering with DC-Cap. My goal […]
Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end – Napoleon Hill… Top 5 Highest Paying Occupations (Mean Salary). Additionally, we will be listing the Top 10 salaries based upon academic majors this month.
The man/woman who says they can, and the man/woman who says they can not are both correct – Confucius. I had a great time in Indianapolis at the 2018 NFHS Student Leadership Summit helping high school students from over 34 states and Canada dream with a plan.
What a great time in NY this past week working with incoming First-year students at John Jay. Sometimes the biggest hindrance to you reaching your dreams is you. Get out of your way so God can give you the blessing you have been praying for. Wake, Pray, Grind!
US News Top Careers of 2018…Education with a purpose! Let’s go!
Authentic leadership happens when others are willing to share their journey. Time for me to share my story to help these students. Who have you shared your journey with so they will not make the same mistakes you did? Let’s go… #passiontopurpose #dreamingwithashovel #blessedtobeablessing #askinnykidfrommaywoodilwithadream #omaripearson #passtopurpose
Everyday I am amazed at how blessed I am to be able to empower others to reach their goals. #passiontopurpose #dreamingwithashove l #blessedtobeablessing #askinnykidfrommaywoodilwithadream #omaripearson #passtopurpose
Partnership is key to helping you reach your dreams. Who are you partnering with this week? Who are you helping? Helping others is the easiest way to position yourself for a blessing. #passiontopurpose #dreamingwithashovel #blessedtobeablessing #askinnykidfrommaywoodilwithadream #omaripearson #passtopurpose
First ministry starts at home. Great time serving Prince George County Maryland Public Schools. Thanks for allowing me to serve where I live PGCPS. #askinnykidfrommaywoodilwithadream #dreamingwithashovel #empoweringothers #passiontopurpose #p2p
How many started the year with goals and have stopped pursuing them? Make today your starting point…a New Year of sorts. Let’s go… #passiontopurpose #dreamingwithashovel #askinnykidfrommaywoodilwithadream #omaripearson #passtopurpose #p2p #cuny
Great time in Indianapolis working with amazing state high school athletics and activities leaders from all over the United States and Canada. #reachoneteachone #passiontopurpose #leadership #nfhs #studentservices #askinnykidfrommaywoodilwithadream #p2p #omaripearson
What a fantastic time in Connecticut with CAS/CASIAC (Connecticut Association of School). Kids from several schools met December 14th at Sage Park Middle School to discuss leadership and explore their dreams by creating a plan of how they will attain them. Special thanks to Karissa Niehoff, Jennifer Buckley, Principal Cavaliere, and Jennifer Wilson for allowing me […]
What’s you plan? “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” – Sir Winston Churchill Let’s go… #reachoneteachone #p2p #askinnykidfrommaywoodilwithadream #dreambig #passiontopurpose @omaripearson #whatsyourplan #planningforthefuture
I am truly humbled to be able to partner with Prince George County Public Schools (PGCPS) Maryland Athletics helping parents and students prepare for college and the new NCAA rule changes. We will have three separate sessions October 10th at Flowers High School. Second, at Crossland High School October 24th and the third at High […]
At the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Student Leadership Conference on THE Ohio State University campus. 1600 students and motivating people like Matt Barnes (NBC 4 anchor, athlete) Adrienne Bulinski (former Ms. Kansas & athlete), Hoan Do (American Ninja Warrior), Harvey Alston (Coach, Teacher, Motivational Speaker), and myself Omari Pearson.