For many young adults it is better to show them success versus simply talking about it. Entrepreneurs like Oprah Winfrey and Madame CJ Walker are great examples of how hard work and fortitude build success. A local nonprofit is on a mission to help youth in Northeast Florida understand and embrace the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit and the skills needed to be successful.
Last weekend, Youth In Motion Inc. (YIMI) celebrated the grand opening of their new facility with an outdoor fundraiser to support their youth programs. Hundreds of supporters filled the newly renovated building and enjoyed food, fellowship and entertainment.
Program Director and President, Khamil L. Ojoyo presented an overview of the organization’s 16 week after school program, which focuses on arts, youth violence prevention, bullying, decreasing electronic media compulsions and averting urban decay. Graduates of the first and current program classes were introduced to the audience.
The initiative also includes youth team building workshops to promote togetherness, fairness, preparedness, and wholeness for students 10-18 years of age. “The public was entertained, the youth were very involved in planning and implementation of this event and it was my birthday. I’m proud of the youth and my supporter’s,” said Ojoyo.
Youth were excited to practice their entrepreneur skills by selling hot dogs, sodas, peanuts and chips.
Pictured l – r: YIMI Adult volunteer Faizah Mixson Founder and President Khamil L. Ojoyo and youth participants, Dashia Hughes, Ariel Helton and Christa Lang.