Micah Barnes


Micah Barnes grew up in Gary, Indiana, a city once known for its violence and dismal economic climate. He saw many of his peers squander their futures. Some were incarcerated, and others lost their way. Most became productive members of society, like teachers, coaches, pastors, athletes, and loving fathers.

Before becoming an author and motivational speaker, Micah Barnes worked as a video editor in a busy newsroom in Jacksonville, Florida. In the summer of 2013, he repeatedly saw videos of mothers crying over the murder of their sons. Boys and girls wept over the senseless deaths of their brothers and sisters. Neighbors shed more tears when they realized someone had intruded upon their peace of mind. Their hopes for a successful community were shattered. He constantly saw victims’ social media pictures, alongside mugshots of young criminals. After a particularly emotionally draining day at work, a photographer said, “Micah, somebody’s gotta do something about these murders.”

Those words never left him. Over the next week, Micah contemplated ways to inject hope into his community. Since that time, he has spoken to numerous experts, gleaning hope from what he learned from them. In those conversations, he learned various ways to ensure that our next generation is positive, productive, and empowered to do great things.

Now, Micah spreads his positive messages by serving Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. He mentors young men, encouraging them to exceed the world’s expectations. Whether he’s tutoring elementary and middle school students or just talking to them, he tries to inspire them to do amazing things.


Parents agonize over their kids’ education, whether or not they will find a job, and over their safety online and in the real world. Parents worry that they will not be able to relate to their sons and daughters and wonder why their kids seem to think they know everything. Both parents and kids fear not being able to pay for college, and students fail to realize the impact today’s actions will have on their future. Some parents are frustrated and worry that their children will not take their education seriously or get enough out of it to really help them find a bright, successful future.

Business owners and community leaders worry that schools and families are not adequately raising children to become competent, capable, productive employees and members of society. They desire educated prospective employees who will represent them well. They need to know that their communities will be safe and free of crime and drugs. Thus, the very future of our society depends on the proper education and mindset of our children.

Who Stole My Future? is the antiseptic for these ills. It provides parents and community leaders with ways to immerse teens in a positive environment, to communicate more effectively with them, to encourage them to be productive, and to empower them to be assets to themselves and their community. It provides teens with proper thinking and methods to help them stay a step ahead of their peers as they become responsible young adults. Plus, it defines quick and easy ways to build self-confidence.


Foster your child’s growth and keep them on the road to becoming life-changing individuals.


Be simultaneously motivated and educated with tips from the experts and motivational stories that will plant the feet of our youth on the road to empowerment and productivity.

  • Immerse your adolescent/teen in a positive environment.
  • Listen to your kids in a way that can defuse arguments and rebellions.
  • Consider extracurricular activities that will bring the best out in your teen.
  • Be aware of social media apps and trends for the safety of your teens.
  • Discover the ways teachers kill the dreams of students and learn how kids react to teachers who have stolen their future.
  • Generation Z: Learn about the personality of this new and unique generation so you can better understand and inspire them.
  • Discover why sports is still one of the best ways to build character into your kids.
  • Learn the eye-opening truth about what kids will never tell you about being bullied.
  • What do parents really think about today’s youth?
  • What do teens really think about you as parents?
  • A convicted felon warns parents what they should never do to their kids.

“Powerful yet practical, Who Stole My Future? offers tips, tactics, and proven approaches for guiding the actions of youth. A great ‘how-to’ guide for building confidence and assurance in kids by giving them vision and a pathway they can follow.”
—Sean Covey,
International Bestselling Author of
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
and Education Division Leader,
Franklin Covey

“I’d really recommend reading this book… it really helps set you up and understand how to interact with kids, how to get the best out of your kids, and how to set them up for the future… I can’t recommend this book enough.”
Nigel Smith, London, UK

“I think its a very good guide for parents who might need some help or assistance to better talk to and understand their children… My kids are grown now. I wish I had something like that when they were growing up.”

“Our admiration to someone in the family or school may sometimes be manifested by hate. That is why children tend to not listen to their parents, parents perceive that us having angry children, only through communication will you be able to distinguish between admiration or hatred. Thanks Micah for writing about this sensitive yet timely topic.”
—Margaret Haacker, author of The Parent Plan

Who Stole my Future? is full of wisdom about family dynamics and raising children with a high self-esteem, a positive mindset and constructive self-talk. This book contains extremely useful information to help build positive, productive and empowered youth. A must-read for any family.”
—Nikki Arnold, author of POSITIVITHINK™