Executive Director Greetings,
I am pleased to welcome you to the Men and Women United for Youth and Families Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet. Tonight we gather to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to our organization and the community. Together we are making a difference in the areas of employment and training, sharing resources, such as our food bank, recreational activities, and to provide services to assist in creating independent and self-sufficient youth and families. Thanks to each of you for your support in making our mission possible!
Master of Ceremony
Brandon Hickman, Station Manager Cumulus Broadcasting Network
Rev. Cameron Hankins
Pastor of New Christian Chapel Baptist Church
East Columbus High School
East Bladen High School
NC Central University
East Columbus High School
East Bladen High School
Southeastern Early College
Creative Problem Solving Training for Youth Ambassadors
On Tuesday afternoon, 11 Youth Ambassadors traveled to Carolina Beach for CPS Training with the founders of Magellan- IMR Research Group, Riley and Erin Gallagher. The creative problem solving training was developed by Magellan-IMR Research Group and has been used successfully with numerous other non-profit and for- profit organizations. The process is used to bring people together to generate unique solutions to business and community challenges through proven hands-on learning using tools. The youth identified a specific challenge that they faced and centered all of their activities around that challenge. The Youth Ambassadors thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned so much!
The Youth Ambassadors would like to give a special thanks to the Gallaghers for the amazing workshop and can't wait for more in the future!
Rooted in Community Summit 2017
On Wednesday, July 19, the five Youth Ambassadors, including Alyssa Delts- Robinson, Jordan McKoy, Ethan Gotay, Harold Boyd lll, and Dontrell Stevenson; along with adult allies Randolph Keaton and Diamond McKoy to the Rooted in Community (RIC) Summit in Greensboro, NC. The group returned Sunday, July 23, with a host of good stories to tell to the other youth.
The Youth Ambassadors had the opportunity to attend workshops on
During the summit the youth were equipped with skills, and resources that will allow them to better implement and execute their vision with their Youth Food Policy Council.
Visit us today at the Columbus Co. Farmers Market(Whiteville). 8am-12pm. Butter Beans, Peas, Squash, Tomato and okra picked fresh from our gardens in Bolton, East Arcadia and Sandyfield Town Gardens.
We also have herbs ...
The Youth Ambassadors program qualified to participate in the NC WIC
Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.
Come check us out in Wilmington, NC at the Feast Down East Market.
(11th Rankin St.) 9am-12pm
Picked fresh from the Community Boys & Girls Club.
Classic Car & Truck Show
On Saturday, July 15, 2017 Men and Women United for Youth And Families sponsored its annual Classic Car & Truck Show across from the Piggly Wiggly in Riegelwood NC. All Classic cars, trucks, bikes, and tractors were displayed in a centralized area from 9am until 3pm. Food and beverages were sold, friends were made, and trophies were awarded. According to Ms. Willie Mae " The car show was fabulous, and allowed Men and Women United as well as the Youth Ambassadors for a Better Community to get attention which is very important". Thank you to all those who came out to help support Men and Women United for Youth and Families. We also want to say congratulations to all the winners! Come join us next year.
Hosted by Perry Dixon and Dave Parks
Youth Ambassadors visit the UNC Chapel Hill Campus Gardens
The Youth Ambassadors would like to thank the students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Herban Garden and Edible Campus. Herban Garden is a student lead campus organization, through Hope Gardens, that engages people of color in sustainable agriculture through hands on experience and community engagement.
The Youth Ambassadors had an amazing time in Tar Heel Nation and can't wait for more opportunities to visit!
The Youth Ambassadors would like to thank Herold 'Dessa' Raymond for speaking at their weekly meeting yesterday.
Stay tuned for the wonderful things the Youth Ambassadors will perform, implement and accomplish!
"If you want the most for less buy from the B.E.S.T"
Don't forget to come visit the Youth Ambassadors at the Elizabethtown Farmers Market on Fridays from 10am-2pm or at the Whiteville Farmers Market on Saturday from 7am-12pm.
Congratulations to our 2017 Youth Ambassador graduates Alyssa Delts and Dorien Dixon!
We are very proud of Dorien and Alyssa and can't wait to see the amazing things they will accomplish!
We would like to thank all of our volunteers and the many families for their support, and help at our TEFAP Food Pantry. Over 47 families in Columbus County were able to take home a bundle of juices, chicken, fruits, can goods, dairy products, and perishable items. It was a great day to serve and be served!
A reminder that the TEFAP Food Pantry is exclusively for residents of Columbus County and takes place every 4th Thursday of every month. We look forward to seeing you!
On May 17 Mr. Randolph, Diamond and Ms. Cathy traveled to Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC for the Healthy Eating Active Living Convening, sponsored by our partner Resourceful Communities. The theme of this year's convening was HEALing Ourselves: Take it Home Strategies. The goals of this convening was to
We are very excited about all the knowledge and connections that were gained at the HEAL Convening.
We would like to thank the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, for allowing us to have Ms. Diamond McKoy as our Summer Intern. Diamond is a native of Council, NC where she lived until moving to Hope Mills, NC in 2012. She is currently a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is double majoring in Business Administration and African American Studies with a minor in Sustainability Studies. This summer she will serve as the Youth Ambassadors Summer Program Team Leader. She will assist, support, lead, and coordinate the Youth Ambassadors with providing fresh produce for the community while also upholding the objective of the Youth Ambassadors program. Diamond is aware that the objectives of the program are to increase environmental awareness, provide services that enhance leadership skills, professional skills, and education; that lead to independent individuals and self- sufficient families. Through this position, Diamond hopes to learn how to implement business skills and practices that can facilitate a more environmentally aware society. However, her overall goal for the summer is to bridge the gap of sustainability in communities of color. Learn More
Men and Women United for Youth and Families, CDC held its Fifth Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on May 6, 2017 at the Land O Lakes Golf course in Whiteville, NC. Due to the overwhelming generosity of our donors and sponsors, we were able to raise over $4000 towards our Scholarships for High School Graduates.
Congratulations to Ms. Alyssa Delts, the president of the Youth Ambassadors for a Better Community, for being nominated for the Women of Achievement Youth Women and Children Association (YWCA) award. This year was the 32nd Annual Women of Achievement Award Ceremony and Alyssa was one of the fifteen girls nominated out of hundreds. We are very proud of Alyssa and all she has done for Men and Women United for Youth and Families.
Men and Women United
for Youth and Families, CDC
Theme: “Bridging the Gap between the Church and the Community”
Saturday, March 18, 2017 Five O’clock in the Afternoon
Rev. Carl Moore, Guest Speaker
Pleasant Union Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Riegelwood, North Carolina