Mr. & Ms. Mentoring hosts back-to-school event for at-risk kids

Members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity were on hand to assist.


Parents and students pick out clothing during the event at the Stress and Anxiety Center.

A back-to-school event was held on Aug. 31 by Mr. & Ms. Mentoring, a nonprofit mental health intervention program for atrisk youth, at the Stress and Anxiety Center at 1615 Ridgewood Ave., Holly Hill.

The event, held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., provided 100 children with a shopping adventure for back-to-school clothing, haircuts, safety kits, educational books, backpacks and school supplies.

This is the fifth event that Derrick Collins and the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity have organized this summer to support local youth and their families. Collins, along with other fraternity leaders, gave motivational comments during the event.

Generous support

Derrick Collins helped to organize the back-to-school event.

Collins, CEO and mental health counselor of the Stress and Anxiety Center, stated that children and families were able to shop for school items.

“We have supporters that have been very generous with their donations of gear that all kids need when they return to school. Will “Rod” Cutit offered his services for haircuts and T&T Soul Cuisine provided piping hot dinners in carryout containers for the families.”

Among other contributors were Scholastic Books, Foot Locker, Bays Florida, The All Giving Tree, Wilin Entertainment and the Race Foundation.

For more information about Mr. and Ms. Mentoring and the Stress and Anxiety Center, contact Derrick Collins at or check out



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