Prepping for School with Pride

1 decade 4 months 9 hours ago Wednesday, August 15 2007 Aug 15, 2007 Wednesday, August 15, 2007 9:25:31 PM CDT August 15, 2007 in News

More than 200 teenagers spent the afternoon first getting a very positive message, and then getting plenty of treats.

Positive Regional Impact Diversified Enterprise, also known as PRIDE.

"PRIDE's focus is actually to collaborate with many organizations here in the Columbia communities in assisting them in any way of helping them reach the youth," said President and Co-Founder Alana Fountain.

This volunteer run organization partnered with other community groups to register more than 200 7th through 12th graders who participated in their day of sharing events starting with seminars led by people who, not long ago, were in their shoes.

"Rather than just staying into the Mizzou community, we wanted to branch out into the community out here; and it's more important for the youth to see this attention we're giving them out here so they can see that there's hope for them in the future and kind of motivate them for college," said college student Drew Kelly.

"In this program we just talk about the problems in the community and I think it's good so there can be less violence and the kids can be involved," said PRIDE member Shay Kelly.

The students got an earful in the classroom and a mouthful at the park.

There were give-aways free backpacks free ice-cream, free hair-cuts, and of course free music.

The backpacks given away were full of school supplies, and the students also got some new clothing and a pair of shoes.

Groups that helped to coordinate the event were: First Ward Ambassadors, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Youth Empowerment Zone, Urban Empowerment, Columbia Housing Authority, Columbia Boxing Club, The Intersection, Sussessful Neighborhood Resource Center, Youth Coalition and Columbia Parks and Recreation, Young Achievers Teen Council.

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