Children & Youth
How We Started
Retired MSgt. Matthew R. Burke received a divine calling to youth ministry in 2005. His original idea was altered when he sustained life-changing injuries during an attack in Afghanistan. After completing a Master’s degree in Specialized Ministry, Matthew began developing a youth outreach program that reflects the Aborigines' Rite of Passage. Children are resilient. They can become and accomplish anything they set their minds to. We believe at 10 years old children should undergo a life challenge that instills courage and confidence.
In a Tribe, everyone works together for a single purpose. There are amazing organizations throughout the US that serves children and youth. We believe in coordinating and consolidating efforts through strategic partnerships. Organizations that we have worked with are:
Alachua County Board of Education
Farmers of America
- American Legion
- Operation Military Kid
Recreation 4 All
- Team Young Gunz
- Boys & Girls Club
- Newberry Parks & Recreation
- Girls Place, Inc.
- Pantano Christian Church
- Youth Hunt Program of Florida
Guiding the Youth
Operating since 2005, 10 CAN believes in the “It takes a village” philosophy, as this encourages community involvement. Although we mainly serve children of Military and First Responder families, any child can participate.
We host various activities for a universal outreach model. Through our public relations department, we conduct classroom presentations, symposiums, and briefings to build awareness and education. A well-rounded individual is healthier, happier, and more likely to survive any given situation.
Our diverse outreach includes:
and Fishing Expeditions
- Self-Defense Training
Children of disabled Military Veterans and First Responders attend these events for free.
It is our mission to build strong, independent, and self-reliant youth that are prepared for any challenge. We utilize nature to treat secondary Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and guide emerging adolescents through a rite-of-passage.
10 CAN will provide many opportunities for families to build strong bonds through various activities. We will instill three important characteristics: honor, respect, and commitment. We will also teach responsibility, independence, and team cohesion.
In addition, we will challenge the youth to excel, and mentor parents to cultivate their children. We will create culturally diverse environments, which will develop well-rounded agents of social change.
Newberry Martial Arts
10 CAN, Inc. offers group self-defense sessions. Bring us in for an hour or schedule a series to learn de-escalation techniques, self-defense strategies, and situational awareness. We teach verbal judo to deter and de-escalate attacks and bullying. Our self-defense strategies combines military hand-to-hand combat, RAD, and mixed martial arts to meet your capabilities. Situational awareness is vital in reducing the chance of becoming a victim.