Lo­cal church and non­profit team up for MLK youth sum­mit

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - By Tia Lyons Staff Writer

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.

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