WEST POINT – On Saturday, June 5, Valley Community Outreach (aka The Village) held its first Youth Development Seminar at Hardley Creek Park. Many young people from the bi-state area were there.
“The event was coordinated by Dwayne Goss, Lisa Askew and Doresa Gilder of The Village,” said Bridgette Heard Wilson. “Guest speakers included Tomeka Woody, CPA; Adrian Carpenter of the Chambers County Circle of Care Center for Families; and Capt. Robert Chambers of the Chambers County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force. We thank them all for talking about topics such as getting good grades in school, obedience, saving and investing, and money management. We also had detailed discussions about the negative impact of drugs, types of drug paraphernalia, just staying away from drugs, and how to deal with bullying.
“We thank the Lord for this day,” Woody said. “Investing in our young people is essential for our future. It makes a huge difference when we work as a team to care for our young people. We want to thank all of our speakers for being part of what we did today. They largely contributed to make it the enormous success that it was. Young people are our future. It is so important to reach them when they are young. When adults take the time to show them the positive things and their importance, it can have a huge impact on the community as a whole. We sincerely thank the team we have assembled today. We also thank everyone who has offered behind-the-scenes support for what we are trying to do.
“We humbly thank the community for their continued support,” Wilson said.
Over the past few weeks, The Village has partnered with Mayor Steve Tramell and the City of West Point, Adaptive Life of Atlanta and several churches hold food drives.
“These campaigns have helped us reach a total of 5,250 families, not only in West Point, Lanett and Valley,” Wilson continued, “but also those in surrounding communities such as LaGrange, Columbus, Camp Hill, Opelika and Roanoke.” .
In the coming weeks, The Village wants to hold community clean-up days, its second annual nursing home support initiative, and free back-to-school school supply giveaways.