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We Got Next: Edward Barksdale III

Posted on 28 June 2017

This June YXU launched our "We Got Next" campaign to highlight more than 20 young leaders from across the country who are applying their passions to make a difference in their communities. Follow along with YXU on Facebook, @yxulife on Twitter and Instagram and grab your We Got Next tee benefiting the Lebron James Family Foundation.


It’s a pleasure to meet you! I am Edward Barksdale III AKA “Tres” and as my partner, Matt Pekarek would put it I am one of the misfit co-founders of YXU. The YXU Journey began June 21st, 2016 due to a cascade of events that created a ripple effect that brought four young dreamers together.

I want to apologize in advance but I’m the one in the group who receives a great deal of information from Facebook videos. I know many in the age of “Fake News” criticize this; however, recently I watched a video focused on the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park that gave me a perspective far outside the confines of this 2:02 minute video ( In hopes not to bore you, a brief summary is that a thought to be a very small action of reintroducing wolves into Yellowstone had a much larger positive effect on the ecosystem as a whole than anticipated. After pondering the impact of these wolves on Yellowstone I began to see the parallels between the wolves and us as a generation (millennials).

We are the next teachers, doctor, entrepreneurs, musicians, and leaders who can positively impact the many people around us. But how do we achieve this?

The last year and specifically the last month I’ve had the opportunity to meet and read about many young millennials who are game changers in their community and beyond in various different way. With each unique new story, I’ve realized there is always one common denominator, Passion. The passion driving each individual allows him or her to take that risky first step into the unknown. This is how we as a generation can positively start changing the world one person at a time.

Let me not mislead you or sugar coat things…this last year has been no cakewalk it has been riddled with adversity, disappointment, and even some failure. However, it has also been a year of tremendous growth. Seeing the many game changers has been eye opening and inspires me daily to keep pushing forward with YXU. Because Why Not Us?

Similar to the unanticipated impact wolves had on the much larger surrounding ecosystem, one person’s small actions to make a positive change can not only influence the intended target group but also LEAVE A MARK on far more people than ever anticipated.

So how can you be the wolf?

Remember: WE GOT NEXT!



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