Local church and nonprofit team up for MLK youth summit
Areas schools may be out for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, but the learning won’t stop for children who attend a Youth Empowerment Summit that is set for 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at Douglas Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 969 Smackover Hwy.
Douglas Chapel is teaming up with local nonprofit Generations of Faith to present the summit in an effort to educate children about the civil rights icon and the meaning behind the federal holiday that celebrates his life and legacy.
The summit is open to children in grades K-12. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
King’s birthday is Tuesday, Jan. 15 — he would have been 90 years old — and the holiday that commemorates his birthday is observed on the third Monday in January.
Laquita Rainey, founder and executive director of Generations of Faith, said she approached Douglas Chapel about the idea of providing area youth with an MLK event that organizers hope will not only teach children about the man and the holiday, but also inspire them to serve their community.
“We’re trying to do something for the kids because for most of them, it’s a free day, a day off from school and they don’t know the meaning behind it. It’s not a day off. It’s a day of service,” Rainey said.
The summit also aligns with one of the missions of Generations of Faith: to develop the skills and talents of area youth.
Generations also seeks to assist area families in need and to serve the elderly population with advocacy and support.
Those who attend the summit will participate in several activities throughout the day, including break-out sessions, community service projects and a keynote address from guest speaker Shaneil “PJ” Yarbrough, a community volunteer and motivational speaker who mentors young girls and is involved with area youth and women’s ministries.
For more information about the youth summit, call Rainey at 870-864-9316.
Tia Lyons may be contacted at 870-862-6611 or [email protected]doradonews.com.