We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcus McGirt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marcus, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process was in shambles. I always said who’s going to support me. Who’s going to show up? Who believes in me? Then, one night God spoke and it’s been history every since. At this point in life you’ve got to be willing to lose family, friends, and grab hold to your enemies and allow the table that is prepared in front of them, to prosper with you.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My nonprofit organization, Save Our Youth Movement started back in the summer of 2016, when a series of young deaths were happening by gun violence. I wanted to do something greater to better help assist those younger than me, to show them that their is and was a better way. Throughout the year, we attend college tours, a yearly trip to view historical information and sites. We also have a teen outreach in the fall to help young men tie ties, get CPR certified, get substance abuse knowledge, and learn on how to build and maintain their credit. This brand simply means that our program serves as a safe haven to teen males who feel like they have been pushed to the side by teachers, parents/family, or friends. I want them to wear the brand and be proud knowing that someone is there to talk to them, and always guide them in a clear path & direction.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my Bestfriend was coming to town, we’d definitely checkout Downtown Florence. It has truly grown over the years. We would eat from The Loft because the atmosphere is a great vibe with great food. The following day we’d head to Myrtle beach and shop at the Tanger outlets, followed by checking out the beach doing the helicopter ride, and Broadway. Mid week, we would have a kickback and catch up with other friends over a southern bbq, with a spades game going, and the music rocking. Thursday it would be a drive up to Cola for a quick Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles, followed by the Columbiana mall, and ending it at Wet Willies for drinks and vibes to catch up and talk about expanding our businesses. To close the week out on Friday, a drive up to Charleston for brunch at Toast, seafood downtown Charleston, a boat ride, and ending it with a trip to folly beach.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Most definitely! I must say I have to shoutout a few individuals that I look up to for doing the WORK! Tabitha James, Issac Wilson, David Williams Jr., Dray Williams and Linward Edwards. A book that inspired me is “Dear Black Boy”, by Tadean Page. These individuals rather they know it or not have made an impact in my life and the life of others each day by simply showing up even if they don’t want to. Over the years I’m a better representation of what I exude youth around me to be, because of these individuals I named. I hope they continue to plant their feet firmly in the world, and leave a greater impact on society!

Website: www.saveouryouthmovement.org

Instagram: Save_Our_Youth_Movement

Linkedin: Marcus McGirt

Twitter: SaveOurYouthMo1

Facebook: Save Our Youth Movement Page

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