- Last Updated on 07:26 AM 12/24/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
The Mentor Role Model Program hosted a “Kickin My Bad Attitude to the Curb” workshop for middle school girls on Thursday.
Executive Director Angela Townes-Yancey partnered with the Halifax County Middle School back in August of this year in a program entitled, “Prevention Before Suspension.” Yancey said the program is designed to eliminate or try to prevent suspensions in students by providing them with weekly or bi-weekly mentoring sessions to help them address the issues that have caused them to get into situations that may get them in trouble or suspended and prevent it from happening again.
Since the start of this program Yancey has identified by the admission of the students who are enrolled in the program they have “quick tempers.” The participants also have identified they want to improve their bad attitudes.
Director Yancey evaluated the sessions and decided to improve these already identified issues by addressing them head on.
After speaking with some of the top community leaders and seeing their willingness and desire to see the much-needed positive change in area young adults, they put all hands on deck.
The workshop was presented on Thursday with the following facilitators: Businesswoman Wanda Jeffress, newly elected Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin and Honorable Circuit Court Judge Joel Cunningham were the facilitators for the “Kickin My Bad Attitude to the Curb” workshop.
Jeffress spoke on behavior and learning how to control it, Quackenbush Martin spoke on the negative effects of a bad behavior and attitude, and where it may lead, and Cunningham spoke about each individual having a light inside of them.
The judge told the girls it is up to them how bright that light will shine and how they must try to help others brighten their lights as well.
At the conclusion of the workshop, each young lady signed a promissory note that they would take the initiative to make some positive changes in their lives to help improve their behavior and attitude.
Yancey had worked diligently prior to the program to seek out individual sponsors for each of the participating young ladies with a Christmas gift of a pair of boots that would be purchased locally at The Shoe Department in the South Boston.
In the search for sponsorships, she said she did not meet the needed quota, but Pathways Day School employee Shari Chism contacted Executive Director Angela Yancey and advised that whatever quota was not made Pathways Day School would sponsor the remaining pairs of boots.
On Friday, Yancey along with Volunteer Coordinator Shea Chism and an additional volunteer presented the young ladies with their boots.
Yancey said a few adjustments had to be made, but overall it was a wonderful workshop, and the ladies enjoyed the gift of the pair of boots they did not know they were going to get until the end of the workshop on Thursday.
Mentor Role Model Program Executive Director Yancey said she has realized it is very complicated to get caring adults to commit to be the one-on-one mentor that is truly needed. However, their efforts will not stop nor will the devotion to the children, she said.
“It is not about us. It has never been about us. It is about us seeing that our youth have the positive influences in their lives to be successful and productive citizens and leaders of tomorrow,” Yancey said.