Wesley A. Lyons, Jr. is from North Braddock, Pennsylvania, where he and his brother Devon, were raised in a split home by their mother, Marva LaMar and father Wes Lyons Sr. Wes attended Woodland Hills High School, where he earned academic and athletic honors, and excelled at football during those years. After graduating in 2006, he received scholarship offers from many colleges, and decided to attend West Virginia University. There he continued his education and became a valuable member of their football team. He graduated a semester early in 2009, and pursued his interest in football on a professional level. His passion and hard work paid off — Wes was picked up by the New York Jets for their off-season, and eventually signed to play with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wes is a new author, who focuses on speaking to the youth and being a role model. With conversational candor that young athletes and older sports fans alike can understand and enjoy, Wes gives an inside look at his childhood in Pittsburgh, takes you behind-the-scenes of the college recruitment process, and delves deep into his world of football and family — a world that created a professional athlete and an inspirational voice.
In October, 2013, Wesley developed an educational program, called “The Pursuit.” The Pursuit education curriculum is designed to prepare students for academic success and enhance the student’s skills in decision-making, writing and communication, and comprehension to become a successful individual and life-long learner. The skills learned will provide students with tools for making better choices independent of school; including your personal life and community environment.
The Pursuit targets students who need extra encouragement to excel in their academics. The curriculum used surrounds the insight that he has written in his book, “The Pursuit with Patience,” to help educate the students. As a part of the program, Wesley developed a workbook that each student receives. “The Pursuit Workbook” life skills curriculum provides the essential steps to success for students. It is constructed around the skills that are acquired from being involved in athletics and demonstrates how to use lessons from team activities in their everyday life to help achieve success.
1. Exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills to help address issues in school and in the student’s personal life.
2. Develop two short-term and long-term goals that detail a plan for how to achieve these goals.
3. Enable students to apply the concepts learned in this course to real world situations and plan for their future.
Expectations and Guidelines
1. Must have a willingness to learn
2. Must obey all school rules, attend classes regularly and make a strong effort in all classes
3. Must actively participate in class activities and discussions
4. Must be respectful to peers and instructor
5. Must help to provide a positive and cooperative environment so that everyone can learn
6. Must come to class prepared and ask questions when help is needed
7. Must be accepting of individual differences between people and not be a bystander when bullying occurs
8. Must maintain the highest standards of academic integrity
9. Must accept responsibility for all actions
10. Must strive for excellence
The course will cover the following topics:
1. Real World
2. Short-term and Long-term Goals
3. The Value of Education
4. The College Experience
5. Careers vs Jobs
7. Time Management
10. Money Management
11. Chapter of Your Life