It is critical that we use and increase youth involvement in our prevention and intervention efforts. Yes, we adults mean well, but let's get real. Youth involvement can be done a variety of ways, such as forming a youth executive board if you run a non-profit, which is what the STARS organization, a community youth group based in Warner Robins, Georgia, is successfully doing.
Youth Executive Board: (Left to Right)President, Rishawn Conerly; Vice President, Rebecca McCloud; Treasurer & Asst. Secretary, Priscilla Toliver; Project Coordinator, Tre' McCloud; and Sergeant at Arms, Adrian Robinson Youth from Successful Teens Achieving Right Solutions (STARS) are in preparation for their first annual youth conference, to be held April 3, 2008 at Christian Fellowship Church, 621 Walnut St. Warner Robins, Georgia, from 9 to 5 p.m.
The youth are led by Norita J. Horne, Founder and CEO, a quiet leader who always has a goal in mind as they collectively figure out what is necessary in order to achieve their goals. When STARS leaders adjourn, members are energized and motivated to achieve results.
Keith Walcott, Director of Public Relations states that STARS has reached into Atlanta, GA and touched the hearts of members of the Rainbow Push Coalition, namely Ms. Janice Mathis (Vice President Rainbow Push Coalition Atlanta) who is on board to moderate their youth conference. Other guest speakers include Dr. Cheryl Howard-Young, Marcus Girard, youth motivational speaker, http://www.marcusgirard.com/, Phyllis Bynum-Grace (Mayor Pro Tem and school nurse, Houston County Board of Education), Mr. and Mrs. Timothy and Octavia Lindsay and Derek Abron, former NBA Player drafted in 1977 by the Philadelphia 76ers.
For more information about the conference and the STARS organization, please visit http://www.successfulteens.net/.
The organization would like to thank the following for their support: Carmen Fulton (Vice President), Gyennda Williams (Secretary), Envy Palmore (Treasurer), Keith Walcott (Director of Public Relations), Norma McCloud (Director of Education), Lorene Hughes (Fundraiser Leader), Jonathan Fulton, Gary Stiggers, David Mannings, Gloria O'neal, Willie Tate, Rashaad Alexander, Ratesha LeShoure, Bishop Harvey Bee and Dr. Veronica Bee, Cassandra Wrenn (Executive Church Administrator) and Richard Smith (Youth Minister). A special thanks to Chuck Miller who introduced Tim Watson, a keynote speaker, to STARS as well as creating the connection to the Rainbow Push Coalition.