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RISE CommUNITY Youth Group fundraiser May 22

Some of those involved in the RISE CommUNITY Youth Group, including Trey Jeter, back right, president

STEUBENVILLE — The RISE CommUNITY Youth Group, established in 2017 to reach youth and make a positive impact on their lives and the community, will be holding its annual breakfast fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon on May 22 at the Sycamore Youth Center, 301 N. Fourth St.

The menu will include eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes and a beverage. The cost is $10.

The group has about 40 youth involved with its programs open to those ages 7-18. It has an 11-member board.

Having started as a community youth choir that ministered in song at various churches under the direction of Trey Jeter, president, the organization is expanding with programming and other community engagement opportunities.

“Over the years, RISE has grown and developed into a community staple,” Jeter said, noting a recent addition is the EMPOWER youth mentoring group, which consists of group mentoring sessions, professional development activities and one-on-one mentoring. It is under the direction of Daija James.

Other programs added include:

* The Ambassadors Mime Team, which consists of four to five youth who minister through dance, performing at various churches and community events. The team is under the direction of Renee Thompson.

* The Sisterhood Club, under the direction of Courtney Smith, focuses on things that young women deal with on a day-to-day basis and involves group discussion and projects.

* The Brotherhood Club, led by Seth White, focuses on the growth and development of young men with group discussions and activities.

* The ASPIRE Youth Leadership Board is “a program that focuses on teaching our young people about leadership and how to become a successful leader,” Jeter explained. The board meets once a month to talk about the various programs and to exchange ideas.

* A nursing program will consist of a registered nurse providing health checks and leading a “Future RN” program. It is under the direction of registered nurse Missy Skidmore.

* A therapy program, under the direction of Megan Whiteleather, licensed social worker, offers therapy sessions and a a “Future LSW” program.

* A “We Care About our CommUNITY” outreach program focuses on youth performing community service projects. It is under the direction of Zhane’ McBride and Aryiah Jones.

“We also have community leaders come in to speak with our young people and talk to them about various things at least once a month,” Jeter noted. “We take them on educational and also fun trips, and we have formed a kickball team that meets and plays at least once a week,” he added.

“With all of these amazing programs and amazing additions, the leaders and young people thought it would be appropriate to change our name to the RISE CommUNITY Youth Group, because through our programs we continue to rise above poverty, depressions and violence and always rise to be the best you can be and make a positive change in our community,” Jeter explained.

In addition to Jeter, the program is under the direction and leadership of Daija James, vice president of operations and finance; Zhane’ McBride, administrative support; Renee’ Thompson, director of programs; Glenda Jones, director of nutrition; LaTosha Jenkins, transportation coordinator; Myisha Dokes, director of advancement; Arabia Shanklin, advisory board member; Shaleeta Smith, board member; James Gorrell, advisory board member; and Dionne Southerland, board member.

For information, to make a donation or to get involved, call (740) 275-6228 or e-mail risecommunityyouth@gmail.com.

The RISE Community Youth Group banquet will be held at 7 p.m. on June 25 at the Sycamore Youth Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. RSVP by calling (740) 275-6228 or (740) 219-3409.

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