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It takes a village
Kristin Bryant
Kristin Bryant is Hinesvilles Homeless Prevention Program coordinator. - photo by Photo provided.

The success of our community’s children is tied to the foundations embedded within them by more than their parents and family; much like in the mid 80’s there was a song that peaked at the top of several music charts. This song reminded the nation that it was our responsibility to nurture, empower and mentor our children. It’s undeniable the emotion and passion that can be felt in each word as Whitney Houston sang the lyrics to The Greatest Love of All.

"I believe the children are our future

Teach them well and let them lead the way

Show them all the beauty they possess inside

Give them a sense of pride to make it easier…"

This type of devotion that this song displayed must be maintained within our communities in order for our children to be and remain successful in all facets of their lives. We must inspire them and give them the tools to develop self-confidence, personal accountability and resilience and that is exactly what the City of Hinesville’s Annual Tied to Success Empowerment Workshop does. This workshop makes a positive move in the right direction for young men in Liberty County. This empowerment workshop focuses on the positive attributes each young man possesses while also instilling the importance of being resilient in the face of adversity.

This year’s workshop will be held Sept. 17, 2016 at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center. The theme for the event is #FutureOnFleek. Fleek may not be a word readily used by the older generation but it is a word that today’s youth recognizes and uses. This term "on fleek" became increasingly popular in 2014. It means that something is on point, essentially - that something looks good and is perfectly executed. While our young men are focused on their shoes being "on fleek", clothes being "on fleek"; the City of Hinesville wants to help make sure that their future is "on fleek".

The City of Hinesville has also identified a need to empower the single mothers that are raising our future leaders and fathers. A special component of Tied to Success was added in 2015 in response to mothers looking for information, support and proven tips for raising young men.

Please join us on Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. for a power-packed day of empowerment sessions and group work that will empower the young men in this community to succeed. Registration will remain open until all spaces have been filled. Please call 912-876-6573 to register.

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