- Last Updated on 04:44 PM 04/04/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
The Mentor Role Model Program has hired Angela Townes-Yancey as the new executive director of the program.
Yancey is a Mecklenburg County native who resides in Halifax County with her husband, Joel Yancey, of 16 years, and three children, Aniyah, Jomari and Mahalia.
She is a member of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church of Alton where she is the Primary Sunday School teacher and member of the youth advisory committee.
In addition, she is a member of the local Lions Club.
Yancey has a long history of working with youth in the non-profit sector: Mecklenburg County 4-H Program and Tri-County Community Action Agency Head Start program and in her own family.
She said non-profit work is her forte, and helping children is her passion.
She often speaks, works and makes friends around the county at the schools, churches, businesses and community events.
Yancey previously was employed with Halifax United Way for two years serving as administrative assistant, program coordinator and eventually development coordinator under Director Jewell S. Medley.
However, she said this new endeavor is her “golden opportunity to swing the bat on her own.”
Yancey said she is grateful for the opportunity, the vote of confidence from the board and the support of the community, and she refuses to take it lightly.
Yancey said her first day on the job she sat at the desk and said her prayer — opened her eyes, pointed to the sky and exclaimed, “Up, up, up and away.”
Yancey is busily preparing for one of the highlights of the program, the annual fundraising gala to be held April 11 from 6 – 9 p.m. in the banquet hall of The Prizery in South Boston.
The gala features a dinner catered by Four Oaks Restaurant, music by DJ Ernelle Bellamy of Big Fade Entertainment, a silent auction of items and services donated by local shops, vendors and businesses, a 50/50 raffle and a cash bar.
Cost of the tickets is $30 per person, and they are on sale now at the Chamber of Commerce, Halifax United Way and the Visitors Center. Limited tickets are available.
Yancey urged the community to get involved and join the Mentor Role Model Program’s mission to help inspire, encourage and lead local youth “into a bigger brighter future. Be a part of the solution and show your support by giving your support,” she added.