On Saturday, August 6th, DIVA/Kintrell Devin, Founder, partnered with the Hampton Roads Community Health Center to host a “Back to School Rally” that was held on Lincoln Street in Portsmouth, VA – the event assisted Portsmouth Inner City Students with school supplies for the 2011-12 school year. Youth Matter Inc. was one of the many non-profit organizations in attendance, along with other organizations from the Health Center who offer services to families which include dental, medical health education / screening.
Iesha Wilson and Jackie Bates, Miss Youth Matter, were the Youth Matter Inc.’s representatives during the event. Iesha talked with families about the various activities and programs that Youth Matter offers, while gathering contact information from 30+ youth and parents who had an interest in enrolling their children in our programs. Jackie was greeted with excitement from the little girls that wanted to see her crown and sash, and wanted to know how they could become a Youth Ambassador as well. She gave out candy treats along with taking photos with the children. Both Iesha and Jackie joined in on the line dancing fun that was had by all.
Wilheimina Long, Youth Matter Inc.’s Executive Director, also stopped by the event to meet other organizations to learn more about the needs of the surrounding neighborhoods, and how we can partner with them as well, as it’s a joint effort in providing positive alternatives to youth.
The experience was educational, entertaining, and pleasurable for all ages. DIVA did a superb job hosting this event by grasping and receiving feedback from the audience with their trivia questions of the city. A mark of respect was given to the single mothers and time was given for others to share their achievement testimonies.
The family units were encouraged by participating in the energized line dancing, a zumba fitness class, artistic face painting, inflatables for youth, as well as healthy foods for everyone. DIVA’s “Back to School Rally” was a great outlet to meet & greet and a community success in providing needs within the neighborhoods.