Black Youth on the Rise

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 Destiny Thompson, an 8th grader from Champaign, IL excels in school, athletics, and is a great friend and mentor. Because of her academic performance and leadership skills, she has been nominated by her class to attend the Academic Leadership Conference this summer. To support her trip please visit:

 Richard Lewis, 15-years-old, from Kennesaw Georgia. Strait A freshman football player who has navigated (divorce, abandonment by father figures and a move to a new state), without dropping his academic performance, while helping to take care of his 4 year old brother; and all with a smile on his face.

 Brandon Cook, an 18 years old senior in high school from Charlotte, National Honor Society. YBM Top 100 Young Black Men, Ambassador, Drama Club President at his high school, and was just nominated for a Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards.

 Jeromey Chad Beaman, 19 is a Gates Millennium Scholar from Ellenwood, Ga who recently completed his first semester as a freshman at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (UA). He is a biology (pre-med) major and earned a 3.978 during the first semester, and is currently conducting breast cancer research focused on minorities, as a part of the Emerging Scholars program.

This is just a fraction of the young people in our community that are doing the right thing. I am not even talking about the young people that re doing extraordinary work, simply doing the small things on a daily basis that keep them on the right track. If we would let them know we are watching and encourage them, it may keep them on the right path. And lord knows we need that.

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