Once a quarter I want to take a moment to celebrate some young people who are doing the right thing when we constantly get news about kids doing the wrong thing.

 Kevin Mondy, Jr, attends Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy in Dallas, Texas, starts a 9th grader who starts on the Hillcrest High School LaCross team, robotics national champion

 Malise Hargrove, 16 from Savannah, GA, is a sophomore at Windsor Forest High School. She is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and along with two other group members, was awarded second place in the Savannah Regional Science and Engineering Fair in the High School Division on Feb 14th

 Akil Alvin, 18 from Detroit. He’s a community Activist that help urban youth receive free acting training to express themselves and showcase their challenges and victories through performing arts.

 Paige Swanson a senior at Walnut Hills High School. She has held the office of student body President for 3 years. She is an active peer leader and mentor at her local ministry.

 Kennedy Joanne Anderson, age 10, was nominated by her teachers at Church Lane Elementary School in Baltimore and selected for the National Young Scholars Program where she participated in the Medical cohort this past August.

 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: http://www.gofundme.com/29qnwo?utm_campaign=Emails&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email

 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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