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Community Profile: Find Your Purpose

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Sylvia Blair features Find Your Purpose and Billy Lyve in this Community Profile piece, originally written for her enewsletter, and reprinted with permission from the author.

A Maryland Nonprofit Recharges Young Lives

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By Sylvia Blair

When Billy Lyve was growing up, he survived a tough childhood, dark teenage years, and entered adulthood with no direction.

Today, Billy is a nationally-known hip-hop artist, owner of Wisdom Court Entertainment, CEO of Movers and Shakers Enterprises, and founder of a nonprofit which he named Find Your Purpose. The nonprofit is based in Westminster, Md.

Billy is a multi-faceted artist and front man of the multi-genre band iLL LuCK. With a unique sound that infuses Hip-Hop, R&B, Rock, and EDM, iLL LuCK has been making some noise on the music scene.

The band’s influences include, but are not limited to, Rage Against the Machine, Eminem, Linkin Park, 2Pac, and Nas.

In his youth, Billy’s winding path was just like the path of many young people. Trouble in school, trouble at home, and no idea where they are heading is what defines them.

Today, Billy’s life is like a powerful message that things can get better and that “you are important.”

Find Your Purpose is like a breath of fresh air for young people who want something better. Billy has partnered with many local companies and organizations to plan awesome things to do. Rock Salt restaurant has a dining etiquette program for underserved young people. Planet Fitness has roller- skating, bowling, and trampolines. Kids who show lots of talent play music for listeners who are so proud of them and who love their sounds. The young musicians play at City Park, Carroll Arts Center, Baltimore Sound Stage, and the Howard County Fairgrounds.

Before starting Find Your Purpose, Billy worked with youth through his company, Wisdom Court Entertainment. He created a Kids’ Club and organized Easter Egg Hunts.

Then, in 2021, Billy started Find Your Purpose under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Carroll County. The kids who thrived so much with Wisdom Court Entertainment now had a new place to keep them active through Find Your Purpose.

The community has welcomed Find Your Purpose. Billy said that nonprofit status helps him to do more with service expansion and grants. For example, this year the Easter Egg Hunt is on Saturday, March 30, 2024, which is the day before Easter. The community is welcome, the event is bigger and better, vendors will be there, and food will be sold. Best of all, the event is free to the community, thanks to generous sponsors.

“I want to influence kids and give back,” said Billy. “There are underserved kids in affluent areas. There is a lack of involvement by fathers. Find Your Purpose allows me to use my voice to reach kids who feel less valued than everyone else. I understand these kids. I know how to talk to them.”

Billy is originally from Reisterstown, Md. He grew up in Sykesville, MD and later went to school in Westminster, Md.

Life was especially hard for Billy when he was in high school. He said he got kicked out of high school and almost failed 12th grade. “I got locked up and expelled. I was sent to the Gateway School, an alternative school that helps high school students who are in trouble. Billy graduated from Gateway and finished his last two credits, in order to graduate from Carroll County Public Schools with a high school degree. He was almost 20 years old.

“After that, I got in more trouble. I was in and out of the streets until I was in my 30’s,” he said. “My friends were in and out of prison. They were dying of drug overdoses and murders. I was looking for trouble and I found it—easily.”

Billy grew up in an alcoholic household, watched family members be abused, and had no time or attention from his father, who worked 24/7. Billy did not do drugs or drink, but got involved in all kinds of street activity. He learned how to see problems coming and how to protect himself.

Billy has a son who developed his own struggles when he became a teen. “He was like a repeat of me. His friends thought my stories were cool. His friends also had no fathers around,” said Billy.

Watching his son and his friends was a wake-up call to change things. That’s when he decided he had to do something to represent the under-represented and to change the courses of kids’ lives.

“God grabbed me by the back of my hoodie and helped me to change,” said Billy. “I did not want to continue the life I had been living.”

Today, Find Your Purpose is so satisfying to Billy, as he sees kids find joy in positive activities and feel better about themselves. Now that it is two years’ strong, the nonprofit has a great reputation to elevate and empower through mentorship, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship.

“Find Your Purpose needs more financial support,” said Billy. “I know we could do more in this community. People can see that we are doing something unique.”

Find Your Purpose has earned several awards of distinction, as follows:

2022 “Rookie of The Year Award”
The Community Foundation of Carroll County’s
Philanthropists of The Year Program

2023 “Cultural Literacy Award”
Light of Carroll Awards
Carroll County Public Library

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