LYE and Kida The Great team up to Inspire Memphis Youth

LYE and Kida The Great team up to Inspire Memphis Youth

LYE and Kida The Great team up to Inspire Memphis Youth

Justin Flowers | Contributor

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JULY, 2017

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Greatness can be found all over this city. It makes me so happy to see young ones giving back to the community. Especially here in Memphis, Tennessee. A few day ago JustMy got an invite to attend a dancing event that was hosted by Ladia Yates (professional dancer).

Alongside highlighting her students at LYE Academy, Kida The Great came in town to show some love to the city. Despite having some bigtime booking offers, Kida decided he wanted to come from California to Memphis, Tennessee to see these young dancers. Helping them to stay inspired to chase their dreams to become professional dancers themselves.

Meet Ladia Yates

So let’s highlight the night. Ladia had this event set up nice. The venue was set up with a cool backdrop for photos. There were spaces for local vendors to come out and promote their businesses as well. My favorite was the 8 year old girl who owns her own lemonade business. This wasn’t just a regular lemonade stand we are used to seeing in the neighborhoods. No, she had an actual lemonade BUSINESS making fresh lemonade drinks for her clients along with other real fruit options. That was truly a great and inspiring thing to witness. From those at JustMy, we really want to wish her the best.

Alright, now, back to the rest of the event. The whole evening was mainly centered around a dance battle, which was AWESOME. Dancers came from all over to participate in this battle. There were local Memphis dancers and some from Alabama, and even Florida. So this was a big thing for these amazingly talented people. In between the breaks in the tournament, Ladia gave us the privilege to witness the positive impact she has had on the youth here in Memphis. We all got a chance to see what the young ones had to show us. The dance routines made everyone so proud. They truly are future stars straight out of Memphis.

Kida the Great

They truly are future stars straight out of Memphis

The Youth of LYE

We also got to see other dance teams perform who came in from out of town to add to the positive energy radiating from the building. Kida The Great even got on stage and danced with LYE. He also did a dance solo for everyone. While watching him dance you could really see the passion, confidence, and great energy that came from his every move. Which was the case with everyone else who performed. At the end of it all, trophies were handed out to reward the top two dancers in the competition. Then afterwards, they allotted some time for people to get pictures with Kida.

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Justin G. Flowers

Justin G. Flowers

Justin G. Flowers, a Sickle Cell (SC) Consumer, is a dynamite advocate for those living with Sickle Cell across the nation. He dedicates his career to spreading awareness, educating, and help people realize that is possible to live well with Sickle Cell. Therefore, breaking the Sickle Cycle!

 

In all, that night was very nice! From everyone at JustMy, we want to thank Ladia Yates and LYE Academy for the invite! Who knows, maybe next time we will get on stage and show everyone how we get down here (jokes). Again, what a great night, and we look forward to attending more things these amazing people put together for the community.

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Willow Oaks 5th Grade Promo Ceremony

Willow Oaks 5th Grade Promo Ceremony

Willow Oaks 5th grade promo Ceremony

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MAY, 2017

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Fifth graders at Willow Oaks Elementary celebrated their transition from elementary to middle school today with a promotional ceremony. Students welcomed guests, recited original poetry, and performed a musical number to Pharrell’s “Happy”. Additionally, every spoken part was given in English and in Spanish.

Jerome Robinson of JustMyMemphis was the guest speaker. He encouraged students to make a daily decisions to be amazing, to begin each day with the intention of doing their very best.  Josephine Leatherwood who is retiring after more than 35 years of teaching was the Guest of Honor. Students and teachers paid tribute to Ms. Leatherwood with poetry, flowers, and gifts.

Mayor Jim Strickland spends time with the students of Willow Oaks Elementary.

Students received an exciting surprise at the end of the ceremony — a visit from Mayor Strickland! Mayor Strickland visited with students and parents, offering congratulations, encouragement, and many photo opportunities.

JustMyMemphis Founder Jerome Robinson served as the Guest Speaker.

SPOTLIGHT

The Learning Garden  Willow Oaks learning garden is an outdoor classroom funded by The Kitchen Community. The garden gives students an opportunity to grow healthy foods from start to finish, while studying the germination process.  Students explained to Mayor Strickland how they prune, water, and harvest the vegetables.  The students pointed out the various plants they are growing to the Mayor which include:  kale, swiss chard, mint, basil, and lettuce.

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Girls in Leadership Summer Camp

Girls in Leadership Summer Camp

Girls in Leadership
Tracey  Ford

2

MAY, 2017

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What:
Leadership Camp for Girls

When:
6/20/2017 8:30
6/22/2017 12:30

Where:
1740 Ridgeway Road
Memphis, TN 38119
(901) 2145450

Cost: $35 per session
Both sessions are the same content.
www.hutchisoncfe.campmanagement.com/campers

For girls entering grades 8-10
Hone your creativity as you build your brand, explore your growth mindset, and find your purpose in this camp designed for you.

Date/Time: Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Session I: June 20-22
Session II: June 27-29
Instructor: Erika Cain (Girl24 Movement founder)

About Hutchison School

Hutchison is dedicated to academic excellence and to the parallel development of mind, body, and spirit as it educates young women for success in college and for lives of integrity and responsible citizenship.

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Tracey Ford

Tracey Ford

Fine Arts and CFE Director | Hutchison School

Tracey Zerwig Ford serves as both the Fine Arts Director and the Center for Excellence Director. Before joining Hutchison, Ms. Ford served as the Artistic Director of the Arts Memphis Center for Arts Education. She has commissioned works from all major arts groups in the Memphis area, trained artists of all disciplines, and visited classrooms through Lincoln Center’s prestigious Aesthetic Education Institute. Ms. Ford has performed professionally in New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Lindenwood University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Western Illinois University.

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March of Dimes

March of Dimes

March of Dimes
Christopher Wilson | Contributor

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APRIL, 2017
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The March of Dimes organization was one that not only informed me of all that they do, but took my perspective of infants to a different level. From the visual of the type of diapers pre-mature babies have to wear to the statistics about infant mortality, the reality of having a baby is not as easy as it seems to be.
While talking with the Executive Director of March of Dimes here in Memphis, Rosa Potts told me the three things that they were big on: pre-mature babies, also known as “preemies”, infant mortality, and birth defects. They also aid mothers in receiving the pre-natal and postpartum care that they need in order to ensure that their child will be born healthy.

March of Dimes was founded by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was dealing with polio at the time. Polio was a type of crippling disease that was prominent back in the 20th Century, but it now does not affect anyone anymore because of the polio vaccine that has saved millions of people’s lives. President Roosevelt gave March of Dimes its name because of the many Americans that helped donate to the cause. Along with these successes, March of Dimes has had many breakthroughs in their research for certain things and has had many discoveries with babies. One of the most common discoveries would be that a mother cannot drink alcohol while pregnant because it can cause birth defects for the child.

the one thing that made me want to volunteer with March of Dimes was the zeal they had behind everything.

One event that the March of Dimes hosts annually would be its March for Babies event, where people are able to participate in the walk and in the other activities as well. I was given the opportunity to attend one of the logistical committee meeting’s for the March for Babies event and noticed that there were teens, like myself, at the meeting, receiving their assignments for this event. Some teens were given the assignment of supervising the little kids walk while others were over the registration tables or over the set-up and break-down committees. Altogether, these people were about their business and the one thing that made me want to volunteer with March of Dimes was the zeal they had behind everything.

Also, at the meeting, I learned that majority of the people in attendance was either a preemie or had a family member that was one and hearing those different stories about the severity of pre-mature birth truly was something to ponder about. This is why March of Dimes hosts special events, like March for Babies, to not only gain the finances they need to help families across the nation, but also to remind families to be grateful of their little ones.
Christopher Wilson

Christopher Wilson

Student and Writer | Overton High School

I see myself in the near future pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems at a prestigious
university and being a New York Times best-selling author of my own novel series.

March for Babies
Date: Saturday, May 06, 2017
Registration: 8:00AM | Start: 9:00 AM
Walk distance: 2.5 miles
Shelby Farms Park
6903 Great View Drive North
Memphis, TN 38120
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Are you hosting a Summer Camp?

Are you hosting a Summer Camp?

Are you hosting a Summer Camp?

RahLeeCoh J. Ishakarah | Contributor

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APRIL, 2017

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JustMyMemphis wants to help families find the best activities of summer. There are only about 5 weeks left before school is out!

If you have a group or an organization that is hosting a summer camp for kids, we want to help you get the word out. There is no cost to your organization. Just fill out the form below and we will get things started for you!

Summer camps are known for providing a safe environment where children gain self-confidence as they learn new skills.

Summer Camp Support from JustMyMemphis includes:

  • An article on JustMyMemphis with your story, your images, and registration links
  • Young Voice Summer Camp Spotlight: Let your kids write about and share what they learn over the summer
  • Social Network sharing of your camp

Optional Summer Camp Features

  • Social Sharing video to promote your camp on Facebook and Instagram
  • Camp website with online registration
  • Camp T-Shirts

Benefits of Summer Camps include: Kids experience success and become more confident, gain resiliency, develop life-long skills, and grow more independent.

RahLeeCoh J. Ishakarah

RahLeeCoh J. Ishakarah

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Please share this with anyone hosting a camp for kids and help us make this a great summer for children of the MidSouth. Please submit this form by 04.21.2017

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Being a Multifaceted Young Woman

Being a Multifaceted Young Woman

Being a Multifaceted Young Woman

Anne Cater | Contributor

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APRIL, 2017

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As a multifaceted young woman, I am passionate about several pursuits in my life. Lacrosse, vocal expression, reading and learning, church, socializing, and competition are among my life’s passions. Most of these interests have been mine from a very early age.

My first lacrosse experience is one that I really don’t remember. I was three years old and I found my Dad’s lacrosse stick in the garage. I asked him what it was, so he taught me how to pick up a ground ball. After that the story goes on that when my parents did yard work, I picked up ground balls – sometimes with my right hand and sometimes with my left hand.

Hutchison girls have won seven lacrosse championships!

Anne Cater attends the Hutchison School. Hutchison School is an independent day school for girls in grades PK-12 located in Memphis, Tennessee. Hutchison School was founded by Mary Grimes Hutchison in 1902.

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When I was in Kindergarten, my Dad organized a little league lacrosse program. I played on both the girls’ teams and the boys’ teams. He became a lacrosse coach at my school. We began going to the University of Maryland women’s lacrosse camps every summer.

My Dad also coached hundreds of kids in lacrosse camps. My game had progressed enough that he often allowed me to help the newer players. Now I assist in my school’s beginner lacrosse camps. I am called upon to help our younger goalies improve their game skills.

My parents tell me that I sang even before I could talk. I love to sing. It doesn’t matter if it is a performance, church choir, singing and dancing ensemble, Just Bee practice, or just singing with the radio with my friends. Singing relaxes me. It is one of the stress relievers in my life.

I enjoy vocal competitions, honor choirs, and performing vocal groups. In the sixth grade, I was selected to sing in a upper school Triple Trio group competition at a local university. After that, I have tried out for several honor choirs. Some of my favorite memories are going on our choir tour with our church vocal groups every summer. Before I graduate, I will earn the Certificate of Arts from my high school.

I love people. I am a social person. I appreciate little people and babies. I engage my parents and their friends. I listen for wisdom from my elders.

I started reading from a very young age. I was so passionate about reading that I would read aloud to my younger sister. I read everything or tried to. As I grew a little older, my friends and I would pick really long books and compete to see who read them the fastest.

I won the library award in Middle School every year. Reading is a valuable part of my life. It is usually a stress free part of my day. However, some of the literary readings for my classes would be characterized differently. My Mom and I often read the same books. She picks out books for me to read. I pick out books for her to read. It is fun. She asked me recently how many books did I read last year. I read over two hundred books last year. I have read over a hundred books every year since I was in the seventh grade.

I cannot remember a day that I did not know how to pray. My parents would tuck me in at night usually by reading to me followed by a prayer. I was the kid that went to every VBS. I was always at Sunday School. We loved our Wednesday night church wide suppers. Basically, if the church doors were opened, we were there.

I love people. I am a social person. I appreciate little people and babies. I engage my parents and their friends. I listen for wisdom from my elders. Most of all, I love just laughing and talking with my friends. I truly believe that we are placed on earth by God to be good to each other and to love one another.

My Dad laughs and says that I know everyone. I know everyone who works at my school. I know the people from our favorite restaurants. I know all of people at church, who live on my street, who work at my gym, who work at our grocer, who come into contact with me. My parents are constantly telling me that people whom my parents encountered during the day asked about me. My Dad said that he is most known for being Anne Cater’s Dad.

Ask anyone. I am competitive. Life is competition. I compete in sports, vocal competitions, working out, grades, reading, and anything that I can measure against my family and friends. I don’t always have to win, but I do love to win. Competition is fun. It can make you better, but it can also make you laugh at yourself or others. Competition is not always serious. Sometimes it is silly. For example, trying to see who can get from the car into the house to the last chocolate chip cookie in the kitchen, you or your sister.

Anne Cater

Anne Cater

Lacrosse Goalkeeper | Hutchinson High School

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“Academics develop your mind for life’s challenges. Sports develops you for life.”

Anne Cater

My goal for the next five years is to be enrolled in a great university earning my degree looking forward to a Master’s degree and a Doctorate. I want to be a contributing member of the university lacrosse program. I will continue to play golf as well. There might be a sorority in the mix, and possibly a boy or two.

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