Sycamore Center to host Serve Ohio MLK Day of Service/Celebration Saturday

Speaker Michael Jett

STEUBENVILLE — The Sycamore Youth Center, 301 N. Fourth St., is finalizing plans to host this weekend’s Serve Ohio Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service/Celebration.

It will involve a community service day combined with an MLK birthday celebration and an evening online concert on Facebook “Live,” explained Bobbyjon Bauman, center director.

“We were able to secure a small grant from Serve Ohio from the state of Ohio to help cover our expenses for a service day event, and we are thrilled to have local minister Michael Jett of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Steubenville who started and currently leads the Generation Now youth ministry there be our speaker,” Bauman noted.

Youth or adults who would like to participate are encouraged to e-mail Bauman at bobbyjonbauman@gmail.com or text or call him at (608) 556-3068. Youth groups, businesses and individuals are all welcome to help out with the Day of Community Service events, which will involve cleaning, painting, light yard work, weather permitting, sorting of food and clothing, etc.

Those working at the service day will be required to follow state guidelines concerning COVID-19, according to Bauman. “We will be working at the Urban Mission, the Sycamore Center and a number of area residents’ homes that are owned by elderly persons who need help,” he explained.

The lineup for the evening online concert, meanwhile, “is stellar” and will have a number of Valley’s Got Talent prize winners performing, including Brent Kimball, Elisha Fletcher, the Ambassadors Mime Team, Darrin Holt, Glory Dami and a number of other local acts. To watch the show online, go to the Sycamore Youth Center Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Saturday to watch it “live.”

The schedule of events for Serve Ohio MLK Day of Service/Celebration includes:

¯ 9 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast/gathering time in the fellowship room of the Sycamore Youth Center;

¯ 9:30 a.m. to noon: Service projects at the Sycamore Youth Center, Urban Mission and homes of the needy;

¯ Noon-12:30 p.m.: Lunch in the fellowship room of the Sycamore Youth Center.

¯ 12:30 p.m.-12:50 p.m.: Talk by the Rev. Michael Jett, Generation Now youth minister, Mount Zion Baptist, Steubenville, at the Sycamore Youth Center;

¯ 12:50 p.m.-1 p.m.: Birthday cake in remembrance and honor of Martin Luther King in the fellowship room of the Sycamore Youth Center.

¯ 1 p.m.: Students to be picked up to go home.

Bauman noted area residents are encouraged to share their day of service on social media and tag @ServeOhio and use#MLKDAY in their posts.

The evening program online music concert will be filmed at Sycamore and will be on Facebook Live on the Sycamore Youth Center Facebook page.

The program includes an introduction given by Bauman at 7 p.m. with the online concert running from 7:05 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The lineup of artists in the order of appearance includes: Jasmine Wooden, mime performance; the commUNITY Youth Choir; the Ambassadors Mime Team; Olivia Arnold; Kaly Shafer, dance performance; Derek Redd; Glory Dami; Darrin Holt; Brent Kimball; and Elisha Fletcher.

Bauman expressed appreciation to James Baber, president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Association, Sharon Kirtdoll and the MLK Committee for their support.


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