In Baltimore City, the Curls and Coils Tour will stop at the African Griot Book Fair for Children on Sunday, August 19, 2018 in Druid Hill Park at the Lakeside Pavilion from noon to 6 p.m.
At just 13 years old, Lexi Proctor (Lexi P.) is holding a golden opportunity in the palm of her hands, with the help of her mother. Before Lexi heads to a Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) as an eighth grader, the kidpreneur is creating a social media buzz to urge the public to vote for her company, Curlanistas, LLC (Curlanistas).
Even though bullying, positive self-image and mental health concerns are rarely top of mind when summer fun is underway, three nonprofits, IT TAKES TWO, INC. and Lauryn’s Law, Inc. and Art Works Now teamed up to offer an inaugural “No Bullying Zone: Create and Learn” event to help empower and prepare parents and youth to deal with bullying during the upcoming academic year.
Baltimore native Robert “Chef Stew” Stewart (back row, white shirt) made his mark as a personal chef and caterer to celebrities. He was also the winner of the television show, “Cutthroat Kitchen” on the Food Network. Chef Stewart, the visionary and CEO of a new community organization called Transition Kitchen is counting down to the final push to prepare for a projected September launch of his new project. Currently, there are 150 students interested in learning the basics of the baking and pastry fields that will be trained in the next three months. Youth and young adults will receive on-the-job training and employment opportunities as a part of the free program. A fundraising campaign to cover the cost of supplies is underway.
Entrepreneurship Nonprofit for Children Expands
Four years ago, Dr. Marlene Jackson— a Columbia, Maryland resident— and her daughter, Ashley Jackson answered a call to help empower girls by founding a nonprofit called Le’ Chic Academy. But young people who wanted to create viable businesses became a part of a growing trend to implement their ideas at an early age. In response, The “Biz Kidz” Program was later added to inspire both girls and boys to build kids’ business awareness, explore how to make money as successful kidpreneurs, and engage young entrepreneurs in real-world business experiences.
Mackenzie Boughey is heading a student led “March For Our Lives” event in Annapolis on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in an effort to prevent more school shootings with the help of fellow students. The 16-year-old Severn School student wanted to do something proactive after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend the march and over 188 legislators have been invited to listen to the marchers.
“So we have Camp Kangaroo today. It’s a three-day grief camp for children, first through eighth grade. We have 25 kids here from throughout the community. It’s sponsored by the Seasons Hospice Foundation, so it’s free to every kid who comes, and not just kids who had someone die on hospice, but that’s kids throughout the community,” Hansen said. “The goal of the camp is to normalize grieving for children.”
Music has publicly been Craig T. Dobson’s passion since his first church singing debut at the age of six years old. Dobson recalls belting out soulful notes, while moving to and from classes in the halls of Annapolis Jr. High School. Administrators and guidance counselors who heard Dobson singing in front of their offices stopped to notice whose soulful voice captured their attention. Positive feedback from administrators and peers inspired Dobson to get involved in the school’s chorus and talent shows.
A sudden snow shower did not stop these energetic youth performers from jumping joyfully to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along with a host of community groups, sororities, fraternities, politicians, other youth groups, Annapolis City employees, and exotic car drivers and passengers. The Annapolis fourth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade was held on January 15, 2018. The parade’s theme was “Pushing Peace in our Homes, Communities, Nation, & World!”
While reflecting on 2017, it’s an ideal time to acknowledge caring teachers who make a difference in our communities.