Sorority helps young men with ‘navigating the ‘game of life’

01_JerolineMcCarthy01A local sorority has positioned itself with sharing the focus and progress of young males.

Vikki Taylor has communicated that members of the Palm Coast/Flagler County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently presented their Annual EMBODI Day of Impact. The theme was “Navigating the Game of Life.”

Empowering Males to Build Opportunities to Develop Independence (EMBODI) is a national initiative of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. It focuses on African-American males and recognizes the need to morally assist them as they grow toward maturity, independent work, while living in today’s society.

Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. partnered with other groups to present their EMBODI Day of Impact.
Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. partnered with other groups to present their EMBODI Day of Impact.

The Day of Impact was held at Bunnell City Hall. The community was invited for the free event made possible by sponsorship from Walmart, the Holley Group, Wendy’s, the Golden Corral, Winn-Dixie, and the Flagler County Family Life Center.

Partners representing the day’s events, along with the Palm Coast/Flagler County Deltas were Flagler County schools, Flagler County NAACP, and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

Taking a page from their playbook, an anonymous writer analyzes that on behalf of the Flagler County NAACP Education Committee, “I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for bringing an excellent symposium to the young men of Flagler, Putnam, Duval, and Volusia counties.’’

“Ain’t Too Proud To Tell” was a tearjerker that the young men will long remember and gain added courage to overcome any obstacles they may face. “Courage Under Pressure” and “Man Up” with remarks from School Superintendent Jacob Oliva, Katrina Townsend, Timothy King, Donna Easterling, Chapter President Lalita H. Thomas, the PCFCAC Deltas, and Pastor Derrick Jackson made for an informative morning and afternoon.

Lunch, gift cards and goody bags “put the icing on the cake.”

Thanks again to all who made this event a smashing success. All Flagler County students could benefit from similar presentations. We especially wish that the 90 African-American-Flagler County students we will meet with this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday could have the opportunity of receiving the presentation. The messages imparted would go a long way to begin to motivate students to be all they can be.

AACS taking donations for Relay for Life
140327_dt_palmcoast01bOnce again, the African American Cultural Society (AACS) has partnered with organizations, which are serving the community.

Relay for Life Team Captains Alfreda Brown and Cynthia Bachoo hung out in the lobby of the AACS for raising funds so that others can celebrate more birthdays. Relay for Life involves more than just walking around a track.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be held April 4-5 at Palm Coast Town Center with the opening ceremony to take place April 4, 6 p.m. Various community teams will be participating all night.

Survivors will walk the first lap of the track. The Luminaria Ceremony will remember those who are survivors and loved ones who have passed away from the disease. Entertainment will be featured, including activities set up at the campsites for onsite fund-raising.

Brown and Bachoo have represented the AACS at monthly meetings and fundraisers for Relay for Life. They have spent time logging in donations to the official website. They are setting up a booth at the campsite for the event to fund raise additional money.

It was in 2010 that the team captains made $5 raffle tickets for winning a “basket of cheer.”

Their campsite had a chic theme: “The Cotton Club” that displayed Harlem’s 1920s nightspot.

Also, during that year, former AACS Board Chairman Richard Barnes was one of the individuals who camped out overnight and demonstrated a reminder that cancer never sleeps.

If you’d like to donate funds to the Relay for Life campaign, contact the African American Cultural Society at 386-447-7030.


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Birthday wishes to my son, Christopher, in Cambria Heights, New York, March 27; Barbara Jackson, March 28; and Shirley Jones, March 29.



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