YEAR 7, May 27-28 2016
Still going strong
2018
2014 B4 Youth Program -- Featured speaker
2014 B4 Youth Program -- Team building fun
Establishing a new brand of excellence.
YEAR 5, JUNE 13-14, 2014
New look. Same mission.
2018
2016 B4 Youth Program -- Leadership
2016 B4 Youth Program -- Team building
    
      n    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 University. 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.  .
 
B4 maintains high attendance in Year 7.
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VIDEO: Recognizing Orlando and Nakaila. Click here
YEAR 6, May 29-30, 2015
Historic moment
2015 B4 Youth Program -- Job interview process
2015 B4 Youth Program -- Big Three winners
    
      n     ew logo. Same objective.
             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.
B4 breaks new barriers in 6th year.
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Rev. Donte Jackson of First Baptist Church headed up a workshop for high school kids about how they are preparing for their future. Alissa Stewart, an executive director for Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA, talked to the middle school kids about the importance of volunteering. B4 volunteer Da'Neisha Garrett and a B4 student smile for the camera.Past and present B4 students have lunch at the Harless Dining Hall on the campus of Marshall University.A former football player at Marshall, Lester Hicks was the keynote speaker. He nearly committed suicide before turning his life around. He earned two degrees at Marshall and is now an engineer in Georgia. Hicks and TEAM KRL.The raffle winner won a LeBron James watch.B4 alumni (from left to right) Lamar Thompson, Aerison Parrish, Dasia Kennedy, Tyler Mallory and Ciana Crawford talk about their first year of college with the students.
There was a mock job fair for the high school students on Day 2 of the B4 youth program June 14 at the Marshall Unversity rec center. Here Charles Meyers of Geiger Brothers, Inc., interviews a B4 student.Michael Veazey, manager of the 16th Street Papa John's in Huntington and Keri Sewell, a manager in Ashland, Ky.,  interview a B4 student. B4 students receiving instructions.B4 student enjoying himself.Academic winnerEach year, TEAM KRL honors the top three students of the program. Big 3 winnerTop 2014 B4 students with TEAM KRL.Shannon King of TEAM KRL takes picture with B4 students.Team photo
    
      n     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 participating in mock job interviews with                  local businesses in the Huntington area. This was the second year for the mock job interviews as they've become a staple for the B4 youth program.
  The students once again 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 the Huntington Mueseum of Art to complete their two-day experience of gaining a broader perspective on art and culture.
  After lunch provided by Gino's Pizza, the kids particicipated in a series of team building activities at Marshall Recreation Center. This continues to be 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 and have a good time.
  Day 2 concluded with an award ceremony . The top student, Lee Johnson II of Huntington High School, received a backback from the College Football Playoff national championship game. Johnson II was impressive throughout the two-day program.
  This year came after we had our lowest turnout for the B4 program since the first year, proving wha can happen when you continue to stick with the process yet make changes and improvements. A Task force was added to help spread the word about B4.
  This is no longer a upstart. B4 is fully established and will remain on a mission to help youth in the Huntington Tri-State area.
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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.
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.