‘Bright Star’ inspires underserved youth


IEA-Encourage, Encourage, Obtain just lately hosted its twentieth Camp Bright Star Closing Ceremony Luncheon on the Paul A. Brown Studying Heart Gymnasium. This system acknowledged 21 IEA youth who accomplished 100 hours of a five-week Summer season Studying Initiative.

In partnership with the Jefferson County Juvenile Probation Division and different group sponsors, and named Bright Star in recognition of Entergy’s preliminary help in 2004, this endeavor empowers at-risk youth through the summer season months when they’re essentially the most susceptible to unhealthy behaviors. This system enhances the members’ summer season schedule by introducing a number of mentors that have interaction the youth in structured actions that target selling wholesome life-style selections, together with drug/alcohol consciousness, psychological well being consciousness, artwork remedy, counseling, profession consciousness, educational enrichment, and bodily health.

Attending supporters of the occasion included IEA board member Bishop Emeritus Curtis J. Guillory, who assisted a camper in delivering a gap prayer, board members, Beaumont Police Division Chief Jimmy Singletary, service canine Bozzie who visited with the members, Dr. J. Coffy Pieternelle, and former juvenile probation chief Bubba Martin.

ExxonMobil Beaumont Space Public and Authorities Affairs Supervisor Nakisha Burns served because the occasion’s featured speaker, encouraging the viewers by sharing her life’s experiences that included a childhood of poverty adopted by a profitable profession in maturity.

“What you see today is not what I’ve always been,” Burns shared. Now an expert on the prime of her subject, the girl who’s now engaged on her doctorate diploma informed the youth in attendance that training was her manner out of a a troubled life that might have been hers if she had let her circumstances determine her future.

“I started out with very humble beginnings,” Burns shared, pointing to discount basement footwear she needed to put on to high school amid taunting by her fellow classmates, the lack to afford a haircut, and residing in poverty together with her grandparents in a neighborhood rife with medication and prostitution. “In my neighborhood, I saw and experienced a lot.”

Burns stated she was impressed by the powerful instances by her spiritual religion, her academic basis, and a dream to at some point shake her present trappings and rise above the hand she had been dealt.

“Even if no one else believes in you, you have to believe in you,” she urged the Bright Star members. “Be egocentric in your objectives; nobody limits you however your self.

“You can be whatever you want to be.”

This yr’s camp theme was “Developing the Best Me That I Can Be!” emphasizing programming in literacy, STEM, artwork, music and bodily well being and wellness. Members had been additionally handled to periods that explored avenue regulation, civic engagement, know-how, job coaching and profession exploration, exercises on the Beaumont Police Division Health Heart/Boxing Ring adjoining to IEA’s workplaces, subject journeys and different pro-social actions.

“Our mission is to offer services with compassion, understanding and love in a rehabilitative environment that helps the youth achieve self-respect and dignity,” Regina Rogers, IEA founder and chair, stated. “We are so pleased to be able to Help our young people develop their talents and to let them know we care and are here to support them, whatever might be their circumstances and challenges.”

IEA Interim Govt Director Imogene Chargois, who stated she had been a member of the board for 20 years earlier than accepting her new position, expressed appreciation to IEA workers, BISD and Jefferson County Juvenile Probation Division Chief Ed Cockrell and his probation officers for his or her involvement. She stated she knew IEA had an necessary position locally however didn’t understand the depth of its accomplishments till she got here on board on this new place.

“It takes a village,” Chargois stated.

For extra data on this system or to volunteer, name (409) 839-8778, or go to www.ieainspires.org.

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