YEAR 9, May 25-26, 2018
A near decade of dedication.
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2017 B4 Youth Program -- "Iron sharpens iron"
2017 B4 Youth Program -- Team building
    
              s the B4 youth program draws closer to its 10th year, it continues to address                              hot button issues.
  This year's workshops conducted at Marshall University's student center dove into violence in schools and heroin remaining in widespread epidemic in Huntington.
  There was also a video quiz on 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Randy Moss.
  Montez Tubbs posted the highest score on the quiz and received four tickets to Moss' first-ballot induction into the Pro Football HOF in Canton, Ohio.
  Huntington native Nicole Jackson and TEAM KRL's Shannon King talked with middle school students about violence in schools while Huntington native Scott Hornbuckle, a pilot for Jet Blue, spoke with high schoolers about women having equal footing with men.
  Training officer Scott Ramey of the Huntington Fire Department talked with the students about the heroin epidemic in the city while Khaleta Chambers introduced them to Young WV, an organization designed to give young people a voice in their community. 
  These issues are very relevant when it comes to young people. So it's very important they understand and recognize their value and have respect for themselves and others.
  Day 1 consists of teaching and explaining to expose the kids to the social ills that plague our country. The students ate lunch at the food court in the student center. The day concluded with the kids being given t-shirts to wear Day 2


                untington native Dr. Telly Meadows, a cardiologist based in North Carolina,                             was the highlight of Day 2 as he talked to the students about the importance of taking care of your heart at an early age to avoid later complications.
  Dr. Meadows shared a story about an 11-year-old boy that hit home with the kids.
  "He had been out there playing basketball with his three brothers, to ok a shot and fell back, and hit the ground and died," Dr. Meadows said to a group of stunned students. "So there are conditions for you guys that you do need to worry about when you're playing sports."
  Before Dr. Meadows spoke, the students were broken into groups and participated in team building exercises designed to have them work together, but have leaders emerge. This has become a staple of the B4 youth program at the rec center.
  The ninth B4 program concluded with an award ceremony.
  As the program continues to grow and evolve. Challenges remains, but the program continues to inspire, motivate and educate students in the Huntington Tri-State area.
  When TEAM KRL started B4 in 2010. who knew it would grow into what has become. The program has not only impacted youth throughout the tri-state area, but changed the lives of  those who have participated in the program.
  Thanks again to all those who have supported the program over the years.
Hometown doctor blesses B4 in Year 9.
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VIDEO: Young Leader. Click here
YEAR 6, May 29-30, 2015
Historic moment
2015 B4 Youth Program -- Job interview process
2015 B4 Youth Program -- Big Three winners
B4 breaks new barriers in 6th year.
    
                ew year.  New record.
                 A total of 99 kids attended the B4 youth program at Marshall University. A record for attendance, 2015 program started had several workshops and a featured speaker from Huntngton, W.Va., who has made his mark in Atlanta, Ga.
  Chunming Liu of INTO Marshall explained the importance of learning a second language in today's global world her workshop while 1988 Huntington High graduate  Aaron Dillard talking about owning his own business as he owns a barbershop, Legendary Cutz, in Huntington, W.Va.
  The highlight of Day 1 was a riveting speech from Tallice Carr, a 1995 Huntington High graduate who graduated from the University of Kentucky and now works for MedAssets. Carr talked to the kids about having the drive to succeed and a plan to reach your goals.
   In addition, TEAM KRL founders Shannon King, Duane Rankin and Chris Layne discussed with the high school kids how to introduce yourself at a job interview as the students did roleplay in which they were the employer and the employee to see how one shuodl conduct themselves in various job situations.
   As for the middle school kids, Katherine Cox of the Hunington Museum of Art had a art presentation. On Day 2, the students took a trip to the museum for an interactive tour in which they were able to see and learn about different art and different cultures.

           
              ay 2 began with the high school students participated in mock job interviews for                      the third straight year  The program has remained committed to helping students understand how to do a job interview as Ashley Shaw of Goodwill Industries gave them tips and pointers on Day 1 and they applied those principals on Day 2.
  At the same time, the middle school students took the stage to give short speeches about their subject of choice. They received pointers from Marshall instructor Kimberly Redd and learned it's OK to be nervous doing public speaking, but having confidence in yourself and what you're saying greatly eases the nervousness..
   After having free lunch courtesy of Gino's Pizza, the students were broken into six groups and participate in a series of team building exercises designed to have the kids work together, but have leaders emerge in competition.
  This has become a staple of the B4 program at the Marshall Recreation Center. 
  The program concluded with an award ceremony as Anson Fykes earned the top score in a quiz on Huntington native Kiana Evans, a basketball player at Marshall University.
  Mason Moore received the top honor at the B4 program as the Huntington High student was awarded a Rose Bowl bag.
   As we complete the seventh year of the B4 program, challenges remain, but TEAM KRL remains committed and dedicated to enpowering, encouraing and educating students from their hometown area so they can have a great chance to succeed in life.
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Want to see more videos from 2015 B4 Youth Program? Click here
A record 92 students participated in Day of the 2015 B4 youth programB4 students enjoying Day 1.Terick Thomas of Goodwill Industries talked to the kids about dressing for success. Here Thomas shows a student how to tie a tie. Keynote speaker Tallice Carr gave a resounding speech about having a plan and desire to succeedCarr takes picture with TEAM KRL founders Shannong King, Chris Layne and Duane Rankin.Rev. Donte Jackson of First Baptist Church in Huntington talked to the students about leadership.B4 students do role play when going over how to do a job interview.Katherine Cox of Huntington Museum of Art led a work shop.
B4 students pose for pictures before Day 2 begins at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.MIddle school learned more about art and culture at the Huntington Museum of ArtB4 students checking out art.B4 students participating in mock job interviews.B4 students participating in team building activities at the Marshall Rec Center.Team building activities have become a staple at the rec center.Team yellow wound up winning the team building challenge.Winning team picture2015 Group photo.
YEAR 7, May 27-28, 2016
Still going strong 
2016 B4 Youth Program -- Leadership
2016 B4 Youth Program -- Team building
B4 maintains high attendance in Year 7.
    
               fter a record-setting year in attendance in 2015, close to 90 middle and high                          school student in the Huntington Tri-State area attended the 2016 B4 program at Marshall. The program included public speaking, mock job interviews, addressing the good and bad of social media abd team building activities at the Marshall Rec Center.
  From Harold Sanders discussing the good and bad of social media to Adam Canterbury of Fifth Third Bank giving a "Banking 101" course, the B4 program exposed the high school students to subject matter that will impact their long and short term future. Social media has become a powerful means to express oneself and Sanders addressed how it can be used in a positive way and how it can negativity affect your image and reputation.
  Canterbury explained to the students the importance of managing money to help the students see the importance of managing their finances. 
  Motivational speaker and author, Steve Robinson, a Marshall graduate who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, gave a powerful speech to the students that addressed the importance of changing lives, helping others and making an impact on society.
  A major highlight of Day 1 of the program was TEAM KRL's Shannon King, Duane Rankin and Chris Layne and Duane Rankin recognizing Nakaila France and Orlando Williams, who along with Isaiah Hill, were the last students to graduate from high school who were part of the first B4 youth program back in 2010.

           
              ay 2 began with the high school students participated in mock job interviews for                      the third straight year  The program has remained committed to helping students understand how to do a job interview as Ashley Shaw of Goodwill Industries gave them tips and pointers on Day 1 and they applied those principals on Day 2.
  At the same time, the middle school students took the stage to give short speeches about their subject of choice. They received pointers from Marshall instructor Kimberly Redd and learned it's OK to be nervous doing public speaking, but having confidence in yourself and what you're saying greatly eases the nervousness..
   After having free lunch courtesy of Gino's Pizza, the students were broken into six groups and participate in a series of team building exercises designed to have the kids work together, but have leaders emerge in competition.
  This has become a staple of the B4 program at the Marshall Recreation Center. 
  The program concluded with an award ceremony as Anson Fykes earned the top score in a quiz on Huntington native Kiana Evans, a basketball player at Marshall University.
  Mason Moore received the top honor at the B4 program as the Huntington High student was awarded a Rose Bowl bag.
   As we complete the seventh year of the B4 program, challenges remain, but TEAM KRL remains committed and dedicated to enpowering, encouraing and educating students from their hometown area so they can have a great chance to succeed in life.
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VIDEO: Recognizing Orlando and Nakaila. Click here
TEAM KRL's Chris Layne opens the 2016 B4 Youth Program May 27 at Marshall University.Williams and France taking a picture with TEAM KRLThe students were asked to name one thing about each other in introducing them."I'm Doin' It." Students participating.Ashley Shaw of Goodwill Industries talks to the students about the dos and don'ts of filling out an applicationThumbs up.Motivational speaker Steve Robinson addresses the studetns with a powerful speech.
TEAM KRL poses with banner.Working togetherWorking together.Shooting from halfcourt.Group picture from ground level.The students received awards for excelling throughout the 2016 B4 program.Winning team.Marshall junior guard Kiana Evans, a Huntington High graduate, takes picture with students who excelled in the a quiz from a video about her. The winner received an framed autographed picture from Evans.Walking up to receive an award.Big Three winner.
B4 alumni Orlando Williams, Tevin Thomas and Derek Rankin returned to volunteer for the 2017 B4 program.Ravyn Goodson is all smiles during Day 1 of the 2017 B4 program.Derek Rankin instructs Anson Fykes as Malik Grier looks on during the branding workshop.More than 80 students attended the 2017 B4 program June 2-3 at Marshall University.TEAM KRL'S Shannon King, Chris Layne and Duane Rankin awarded William Smith, center, a plaque and Rose Bowl cooler as the retiring Cabell County Public Schools' superintendent was the featured speaker at the 2017 B4 program. Amy Browning of St. Mary's Medical Center talks to the girls about women's health during Day 1 of the B4 program.Gunnell Hickman and Landon Edwards participate in an traffic stop scenario with Lt. Dan Underwood and Officer Andre Jackson of the Huntington Police Department.Tim White discusses drug use with the students during the 2017 B4 youth program.
YEAR 8, June 2-3, 2017
Royal Blue gathering 
B4 tackles hot button issues in Year 8.
    
              eeing a need to address serious topics nationally and locally, TEAM KRL put                         together a 2017 B4 program that featured workshops about police traffic stops, drug use and women's health. The program at Marshall University included creating a brand, quiz on NASA math wiz Katherine Johnson, a scavanger hunt and team building activities at the Marshall Rec Center..
  Day 1 featured Lt. Dan Underwood and Officer Andre Jackson of the Huntington Police Department explaining the how and why of police traffic stops through various scenarios. The young men learned how they should respond to questions from police.
  As for the young women, they were introduced to to the Total Woman Program at St. Mary's Medical Center. Amy Browning and Angela Henderson-Bentley talked to thm about the importance of taking care of themselves at a young age as they become a woman..
  Tim White shared stories about how drug use can ruin lives and how one overcame it as heroin is an epidemic in Huntington. Then Shanee' Moore, a Huntington native who is a graphic artist in Dallas, taught the high school kids via video about branding and the value of establishing how you want people to see  you.
  Retired Cabell County Public Schools' superintendent William Smith was the featured speaker as he gave a speech about decision making.

           
               ay 2 began with the high school kids presenting their brands to judges and                                being rewarded for the best ones. This really challenged the students to not                           only be creative, but to seriously think about how they want to be judged in life.
  The middle school kids went on a scavenger hunt on campus as they had worked together to find various objects at Marshall.
  Then after lunch, which Gino's Pizza provided in the form of pizzas, the students were broken into groups and participated in team building exercises designed to have them work together, but have leaders emerge.
  This has become a staple of the B4 youth program at the rec center. This has turned into a competition in which the winning team receives a prize and takes a team photo.
  At the end of Day 2, the students receive donated prizes and gifts prizes for excelling the classroom as we keep track of the grades of students throughout the school year.
  The students are also awarded for how they perform during the two days of the program. We conclude the ceremony recongizes our Big 3 winners. This year's winners were (3) Landon Edwards, (2) Ravyn Goodson and (1) Anson Fykes.
  After the program, an article appeared in the Herald-Dispatch about the 2017 B4 program. As the program continues to evolve and grow, Shannon King, Duane Rankin and Chris Layne of TEAM KRL would like to thank those who continue to support our efforts to educate, motivate and inspirte Huntington area youth to be the best it can be
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Desiree Wells prepares to throw a football during Day 2 of the 2017 B4 (Be Strong, Be Positive, Be Ready, Believe) youth program June 3 at Marshall Recreation Center.Noah Ziegler leads the group during Day 2 of the 2017 B4 youth program June 3 at Marshall Recreation Center.Tie Johnson gearing up for the next team building challenge during Day 2 of the 2017 B4 program at Marshall. Trevor Pope and Makenzie Grier share a laugh during the 2017 B4 youth program June 3 at Marshall University. Landon Edwards listens to instructions during Day 2 of the 2017 B4 program June 3 at Marshall Recreation Center.Kyashia Stubblefield, Amaia Davis, Dionna Crawford and Anson Fykes partcipate in a team building drill on Day 2 of the 2017 B4 program at Marshall Recreation Center.Caitlynn Johnson (with glasses) and Jade Watson smile for the camera.McKinley McClure and  William Whitfield look on during Day 2 of the 2017 B4 youth program at Marshall Recreation Center.Grayson Jackson picks up an award during Day 2 of the 2017 B4 youth program at Marshall Recreation Center.Team building challenge winners.
VIDEO: Day 1. Click here.
B4 2018: Keep going, keep climbing
B4 2018: Heartfelt lessons
The high school students participated in the workshop about equal footing for women in all walks of life.The students were challenged to think about how women are treated and viewed in today's society.A Huntington native, Hornbuckle is a pilot for JetBlue.The B4 program has workshops to give students more individual time with speakers.Marshall University provides usage of the student center so B4 can have workshops in various rooms there.The middle school students participated in a workshop about violence in schools.The middle school students shared feelings as they learned what can lead to violence in schools. The B4 program consists of feaured speakers and workshps on hot button issues on Day 1.
Amara Jackson competes in team building activities. Mikey Johnson tries to keep his balance on the beam at the B4 program.Kyanni Ferguson focuses on the task at hand.Nevaeh Cooper, center, and her team look to shine in team building competition.Camryn Veazey and DestinyJones look to complete team building activity.Tiequell Johnson looks eager for next team building activity. Aailyah Sheffield climbs rock wall during free time of B4 program.The rock wall at the MU Rec Center is one of the most popular aspects of the B4 program.Dr. Telly Meadows, a cardiologist in North Carolina who is from Huntington, talks to the students during Day 2 of the B4 proram.2018 Team building champions.