+ African American youth benefited from empowering event
As reaction rolls in from around the country to the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, of Sanford, I can’t help but reflect on the efforts of our own Flagler County Schools, in the person of Sabrina Crosby; Donna Easterling, of the Department of Juvenile Justice; Education Chairperson Jerusha Logan, of the Flagler County NAACP; The African American Cultural Society Inc., in the person of President Ed Pinto Jr.; and Dr. Pamela Jackson-Smith, president of the Palm Coast/Flagler County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Their foresight-filled partnership has been a great benefit to African American males.
These organizations have wisely determined the need to step out as a vanguard and launch the Delta Sigma Theta program for males, in its second year here.
EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities to Develop Independence): Day of I.M.P.A.C.T. (Imparting and Mobilizing Advocates for Community Transformation) was held March 10, at the African American Cultural Society, where more than 100 young African American males were treated by volunteer guest presenters to information and inspiration on educational opportunities, instruction and insights on wise sexual behaviors, ways to legitimately and intelligently expand their educational, entrepreneurial and work horizons, along with spiritual entertainment and a catered lunch.
Flagler residents who may be blissfully unaware of the many programs offered by this community’s organizations for its youth should make an effort to become better acquainted. Our youth live among some very troubling facts and statistics. If we don’t assist them in finding their way, they just might destroy our and their own accustomed and contented ways of life.
As a concerned resident of Flagler with an adult son and grandchildren of my own, I want to personally thank the aforementioned groups and all of the other sponsors, namely the Flagler County Youth Center, Flagler’s Family Life Center Work Force, Allstate’s O’Donnell & Associates, St. Johns County Library, Wendy’s Hamburgers and J. C. Curry Catering, who joined in and made this Impact Day a wonderful success on behalf of our African American young men.
+ Is modesty out the window?
“Wall Flower” is a clever artwork by a youth on the front page of the March 21 issue. But has modesty gone out of the window? Are we protecting our young ones?