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With this being the fifth year of the B4 (Be Strong, Be Positive, Be Ready, Believe) youth program, TEAM KRL decided to change its look.
Huntington native Shanee' Moore designed new TEAM KRL and B4 logos to give us and the program a dynamic look. A total of 44 middle and high school kids from the Huntington Tri-State area participated in Day 1 that was highlighted by a keynote speaker who nearly committed suicide before earning two degrees at Marshall University.
The program began with Huntington Mayor Steve Williams making a second consecutive appearance at the program. TEAM KRL also recognized previous speakers such as Sean Hornbuckle and contributors to the program.
From there, the kids learned the importance of volunteering as Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area, Inc., executive director Alissa Stewart led a workshop for middle school students. Rev. Donte' Jackson of First Baptist Church in Huntington talked to the high school students about how to approach job interviews.
After lunch at Harless Dining Hall, Lester Hicks, a former football player at Marshall, gave resounding speech about his childhood and how he nearly took his life while playing college football. He turned his lfie around and is now an engineer in Georgia.
Then TEAM KRL members Shannon King and Duane Rankin led workshops about poetry and video production. Following the workshops, King, Rankin and the third member of TEAM KRL, Chris Layne, had a roundtable discussion about their childhood with Maurice Cooley, the Associate Vice President of Intercultural Affairs, as the moderator.
ay 2 began with the high school students participating in mock job interviews with local businesses in the Huntington area. The students were awarded for excelling in the mock job interviews as the employers of the businesses rated the students for how they fared in the interviews.
As for the middle school students, they took a trip to volunteer for a recycling project through Goodwill Industries.
After lunch, the kids particicipated in a series of team building activities at Marshall Recreation Center. This has become a major part of the B4 program as kids learn the importance of teamwork, yet establish leadership skills. Following those activities, the kids had free time to play basketball, rock climb and have a good time.
Day 2 concluded with an award ceremony . The top student, Orlando Williams of Huntington High School, received a framed picture of Florida State's national championship football team. Williams has participated in the B4 program every year since Year 1 in 2010.
While we had our lowest turnout for the B4 program since the first year, TEAM KRL laid the foundation for another breakthrough year. We learned quite a bit from or successes and failures and plan to apply all the knowledge and insight to have a big year in the future.