Youth to Watch: Myles Victor Patin
Every year, The Drum presents individuals who our readers need to watch and take note of. For 2017, we begin with youth to watch. Because of their leadership skills, gifts, talents, and personality, twelve Louisiana youth have been selected as Youth to Watch in 2017. “These youth show exceptional character and work ethics. They have vision and ability to be successful with excellence.” Meet Myles Victor Patin, 15.
Myles Victor Patin, 15
Leadership: President, Omicron Beta Sigma, Sigma Beta Club
School: Madison Preparatory Academy
Parents: Dawn Mellion-Patin and Marlon L. Patin
College and career choice: Secondary Education (Biology); undecided about institution
Biggest accomplishments: Being elected president of the Sigma Beta Club; transitioning from BREC to high school football; and staying sane after losing almost everything in the flood of 2016.
Why was this “big” for you? Being the president of the Sigma Beta Club gives me both a voice and a platform. It allows me to be a peer mentor in a formal setting. I get to share my experiences with boys younger than I am and hopefully help guide them through the pre-teen and early teen years. Most of the times a young Black male is in the newspaper or on the news, it’s for something bad and negative but being a peer mentor is a good thing. I want to be someone that younger boys can look up to and want to be like.
Life aspirations: I want to be a high school biology teacher and a football coach. I believe that coaches play a big role in a young man’s life. Many kids don’t have dads and the coach often fills that role. I want to be for young men who don’t have dads what my dad, Marlon Patin, has been for me. I believe that as a teacher and coach, I can give back and help other young men and young ladies and change lives.
What is your motto, core belief, or favorite quote? “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Mentors: Atty. Arthur Thomas, (President, National Sigma Beta Club Foundation and a member of the Omicron Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity), along with the other members of the fraternity, take their time exposing Sigma Beta Club members to a lot of places and experience that we would not have otherwise. So far I’ve gone to Philadelphia and Little Rock to the national Sigma conference and to places closer to home where I learned about the marshlands and coastal erosion in Louisiana.
Goals for 2017: To become better each day than I was the day before in all aspects of my life.
What are you reading? “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison
What music are you listening to? J. Cole & Boys to Men
Hobbies: What do you do for fun? Play football, video games.