Pos­i­tive change

New lo­ca­tion for Youth and Young De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter

The Covington News - - Religion - By Colleen Capes Jack­son

The Youth and Young Adult De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter has been pro­mot­ing a pos­i­tive change for youth and young adults rang­ing from 8 to 30 years old, since 2003.

At their new lo­ca­tion at 6163 Wash­ing­ton Street, the min­istry is work­ing to help the com­mu­nity over­come ob­sta­cles such as poverty, drugs, al­co­hol and teenage preg­nancy.

A non-profit 501C3, the or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides a safe and healthy en­vi­ron­ment where youth can con­gre­gate and en­joy struc­tured af­ter­school ac­tiv­i­ties. Their motto is

hen God sends me some­thing, he al­ways sends me his best,” said founder Regina Scott as she re­ferred to the tal­ents of her staff. “Our peo­ple have read the vi­sion and are be­gin­ning to run with it. There is so much that the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity need —but more than any­thing, they need Christ in their life.”

“Help­ing to make lives will help to make life bet­ter.”

Com­pa­nies who sup­port the min­istry with their re­sources and tal­ents are TMC Fash­ion, St­in­tech Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and En­gi­neer­ing, Zion Com­puter Train­ing In­sti­tute and Scott Travel, all housed at this lo­ca­tion. Ser­vices in­clude com­puter train­ing, multi- creative print­ing, com­puter sales, ser­vice and up­grades, in­ter­net café and video so­lu­tion, in­sur­ance, no­tary, voice lessons, health and fit­ness, mas­sage ther­apy, par­ent­ing, sew­ing classes, job train­ing, youth re­cre­ation and more.

“When God sends me some­thing, he al­ways sends me his best,” said founder Regina Scott as she re­ferred to the tal­ents of her staff. “ Our peo­ple have read the vi­sion and are be­gin­ning to run with it. There is so much that the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity need — but more than any­thing, they need Christ in their life.”

A house of re­sources, the cen­ter teaches in­di­vid­u­als how to be­come pro­duc­tive in their per­sonal life and in the com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion en­hance­ment, coun­sel­ing, men­tor­ing, af­ter school pro­grams, cri­sis in­ter­ven­tion, pre­ven­tion, life skills train­ing and em­ploy­ment skills. The cen­ter will en­able youth and young adults to reach their max­i­mum level of in­de­pen­dence and help them to func­tion as adults.

Youth On the Move For Christ Min­istries Inc. was es­tab­lished Au­gust 28, 1996, by founder/di­rec­tor and apos­tle/pas­tor Regina Scott, who has been in min­istry for over 15 years. CEO and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ad­min­is­tra­tion, her de­sire is to help the whole fam­ily.

Scott is cur­rently part­ner­ing with DeKalb Tech­ni­cal Col­lege to uti­lize their re­sources in adult lit­er­acy, con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion, high school dual en­roll­ment and Work Keys test­ing to pro­vide ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion for her clients.

“We also want to net­work with the De­part­ment of La­bor and DFACS to help train peo­ple and teach the spirit of en­trepreneur­ship,” said Scott. “We are go­ing to teach peo­ple how to help them­selves.”

Scott be­gan by en­list­ing the help of her four chil­dren who brought friends into the min­istry. Scott’s daugh­ters in­clude a fit­ness trainer who will use her skills to help young peo­ple to over­come obe­sity, a vo­cal coach who will teach voice lessons and the youngest daugh­ter who is help­ing to net­work through friends at high school. Her son is an or­dained min­is­ter and a song pro­ducer.

The min­istry be­gan 12 years ago in Litho­nia when Scott de­vel­oped a Thurs­day night Bi­ble study for young peo­ple.

“God gave me the vi­sion for a youth cen­ter,” said Scott. “In 2004, we moved into a build­ing in Stone Moun­tain which held our church and youth cen­ter. We of­fered men­tor­ing, tu­tor­ing and self aware­ness classes. The Holy Spirit al­lowed me to help 12 young peo­ple who be­came the foun­da­tion of this min­istry.”

Scott moved the min­istry to Usher Street in Cov­ing­ton and met Tina Cobb with TMC Fash­ion.

“ We be­gan pray­ing

for an­other build­ing and found our cur­rent lo­ca­tion, a 3,000 square foot build­ing on nearly an acre,” said Scott. “With only $74 in the church ac­count, friends brought in tithes and an of­fer­ing to pay the first month’s rent and set up costs.”

An­thony Stin­son, owner of St­in­tech Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and En­gi­neer­ing, is the CEO and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Tech­nol­ogy at the youth cen­ter.

He brings 32 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in elec­tron­ics rang­ing from pro­to­typ­ing the patents for sev­eral elec­tronic de­vices for cor­po­ra­tions, hos­pi­tals and in­dus­trial cus­tomers. Stin­son re­pairs elec­tron­ics such as au­dio, video, com­puter and TV/ In­ter­net broad­cast­ing. Stin­son will of­fer com­puter train­ing through Zion Com­puter Train­ing In­sti­tute to in­clude cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grams such as A+ Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and the Mi­crosoft Of­fice Suite. The Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol do­nated 25 com­put­ers to the min­istry.

Lisa Stin­son, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and min­istry part­ner with her hus­band at the cen­ter, hopes that young peo­ple will be­come pro­fi­cient in com­puter train­ing and se­cure bet­ter jobs.

Tina Cobb, evan­ge­list, CEO and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Fash­ion/ De­signs, started her sew­ing ca­reer in high school when she was 14 years old, de­sign­ing out­fits just to be dif­fer­ent. Cobb opened her sew­ing busi­ness in 1988. Now with 34 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, she de­signs clergy robes, danc­ing out­fits, flags, prayer shawls and pil­lows. Show­cased in the cen­ter’s store front, her orig­i­nal dress de­signs be­gin at $ 65.

“In 1988, I op­er­ated my first shop, TMC Fash­ion, on the square, and I sewed for 10 years mak­ing prom and wed­ding ap­parel and made win­dow treat­ments,” said Cobb. “Af­ter 10 years, I moved to an­other lo­ca­tion. A friend showed me Apos­tle Scott’s card and God told me that she was go­ing to be part of my des­tiny. My vi­sion is to give back by teach­ing young adults to use their hands, to sew and cre­ate de­signs.”

The goal is to main­tain a cen­ter where youth can learn about God, have fel­low­ship and talk over their prob­lems. Jonathan Tin­ker, a stu­dent at New­ton County High School and pres­i­dent of Youth on the Move for Christ Min­istries, said that the min­istry has played an im­por­tant role in ground­ing him in Chris­tian val­ues as he tran­si­tions into man­hood.

Sophia Wade, who is known as the “ get ev­ery­one to­gether per­son,” has a de­sire to see young peo­ple get on the right track, to know God and to know what he can do.

Shanel Scott, a stu­dent at New­ton County High School and vice pres­i­dent of Youth on the Move for Christ, be­lieves she has a gift of lead­er­ship and en­joys prais- ing God through the dance min­istry.

In­di­vid­u­als who would like to make mone­tary do­na­tions may make checks payable to Youth and Young Adult De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is in need of a grant writer, com­puter in­struc­tors, seam­stresses, sew­ing ma­chines and any­one who will do­nate their time and part­ner in prayer.

Scott is cur­rently di­rect­ing an off Broad­way gospel play which fea­tures her daugh­ter Chimere Scott, “ The Laud Done Sent Me a Man” by Robert Beasley of Vi­va­cious Vi­sion Pro­duc­tion Com­pany. Tick­ets for the March 15 and 16 per­for­mances at the So­cial Cir­cle Theater may be pur­chased in ad­vance for $15 or $ 20 at the door.

A two- hour play, the eight mem­ber cast de­liv­ers a de­light­ful story about a lady who looks for a man in all the wrong places. Pro­ceeds at the con­ces­sion stand will ben­e­fit the youth cen­ter.

The com­mu­nity is in­vited to church ser­vices at the cen­ter on Sun­day and Bi­ble study on Fri­day night.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call ( 678) 658- 6219, or ( 404) 587-4420 or e-mail youthon­the­move96@ya­hoo.com.

Robby Byrd/The Cov­ing­ton News

Go­ing strong: The staff of the Youth and Young Adult De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter on Wash­ing­ton Street in Cov­ing­ton Tina Cobb, left, Regina Scott, Lisa Stin­son and An­thony Stin­son are at work­ing pre­par­ing for the open­ing of their cen­ter.

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