“Any time you, young girls, have a dream, fulfill that dream…Don’t give up. Don’t let nobody come in your life and tell you what you can’t do, what you can’t be,” said Halliemae Jenkins. “So, let me tell you, young girls…Whatever you believe, that’s what you become…You, young girls, save your body, cherish your body… You, young girls, are too beautiful to let these little snotty boys tell you something in your ear, ‘Oh, you P-R-E-T-T-Y!”’
Jenkins spoke truth, despite the laughs from her mixing comedy with the dress she was wearing for covering a huge derriere and diverting to humor.
The school district employee/comedienne moved beyond, having the mentees pledge to stay in school, obey parents, leave the knucklehead boys alone, always trusting God, and keeping faith.
It was a clear view of the African-American Mentoring Program for Girls, established by the Flagler County public schools, coordinated by women of color, pushing back negativity, and imparting to young girls academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Dr. Pamela Jackson Smith overall is engaged as the program chairman.
The end-of-the-year celebration scored a buffet at The Bistro of Flagler Palm Coast High School, and shared the theme: “Celebrating Milestones, Accomplishments and Service.”
The mentees ranged from second grade to high school upper classmates. They unlocked the awaited visit to Tallahassee in a college tour, other campus tours, as well as attending “The Nutcracker” ballet and Kennedy Space Center, and participating in the Youth Black History Reality Show among other activities thought of by their mentors.
Mentors and mentees share experiences
Mentee/emcee Victoria Starks and mentor/emcee Melba McCarty value that it takes a whole village to believe in these kids.
“Being a mentor is a wonderful experience,” said Patricia Askew referring to Lanaysha Few of Flagler Palm Coast High School. Few later began opening up after having met Askew and talking about careers and goal-setting, talking at least once a week on the phone, and learning to trust each other – and discovering that Few is smart, self-motivated, and shows initiative. Askew said that Few learned to trust her.
She said, “I am so grateful that while she was at that fork in the road, God was able to connect us together, and through Him and our interaction, she was able to find her spot and move in a direction that’s going to move her further towards success.”
Shaquez Neal of Flagler Palm Coast High School read her essay under the scope of mentor Jeanette Wallace’s keeping her on track with a 3.8 average.
The mentors, all like-minded to helping young people, were heralded with kudos. The mentees received certificates from a lineup of Dr. Smith, Flagler County School Superintendent Janet Valentine, Student Services Director Katrina Townsend, and Special Projects Coordinator Sabrina Crosby.
Flager Superintendent to attend NAACP meeting
Branch President Linda Sharpe Haywood invited Flagler County School Superintendent Janet Valentine to address the branch for the May 28 membership meeting, 6 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast.
Attendees are encouraged to participate in a question-and-answer session, directing their questions to Valentine following her presentation.
For further details, call the NAACP at 386-446-7822.
Leon Russell slated as keynote for banquet
Vice Chairman Leon Russell, NAACP Board of Directors, will take center stage as keynote speaker at the Hammock Beach Resort for the Freedom Fund Banquet, showcased by the Flagler County NAACP.
This all will happen May 25, 6 – 11 p.m., at 200 Ocean Crest Drive, Palm Coast.
Formal attire is required for the golden evening and music by Elite for dancing. The setup is a great way to have braised short rib paired with herb marinated shrimp; braised short rib paired with bronzed chicken breast, or a vegetable platter can be ordered upon request.
To purchase tickets, call Freedom Fund Chairman Marie Winston McCray at 386-986-4847.
Celebrate Women’s Day with walkathon
Lehigh Trail is the attraction of a Walkathon, culminating into celebrating Women’s Day at First Church.
The bond that will be shared, along Lehigh Trail, will connect at Belle Terre Parkway, between Royal Palms Parkway and the fire station on May 18, 8 to 10 a.m., Palm Coast.
To participate in the walkathon, call the church at 386-446-5759.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.