Mentee Brittany Worthy accepted into National Honor Society

Movement of Youth mentee and Research Triangle High School junior Brittany Worthy was recently accepted into her school’s National Honor Society. In order to be inducted into the organization, students must hold a 3.0 cumulative GPA, demonstrate leadership ability and good character, and conduct community service. After filling out an application, Worthy says that she attended an interview conducted by her teacher and counselor. She received her acceptance letter shortly after. Brittany’s NHS induction ceremony will take place on March 12.

In addition to this honor, Brittany was also awarded for being a scholar athlete during her volleyball season. After high school graduation, Brittany hopes to attend a four-year university and major in either bio-medical engineering or health science. She also plans to bowl on the collegiate level. We congratulate Brittany on her great accomplishments!

UNC Mentor Kamaara Lucas places in Miss Krimson and Kream Scholarship Pageant

Kamaara Lucas posing

Movement of Youth mentor and UNC Chapel Hill junior Kamaara Lucas placed in the Miss Krimson & Kream Scholarship pageant, which she participated in on Wednesday, February 4th at 7 PM. The hosts of the pageant, the Theta Omicron chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., sought to uplift UNC women through a mutually beneficial and supportive contest. Of the eight women who participated, Kamaara received the title of Miss 1976, the second runner up in the competition.

The competition consisted of an introduction portion, a talent portion, an interview portion and a formalwear walk portion. There were three winners (First Place – Miss Krimson & Kream, First Runner Up – Miss Theta Omicron, Second Runner Up – Miss 1976), as well as awards for Miss Fundraiser and Miss Viewer’s Choice.

To prepare for the competition, Kamaara attended multiple weekly practices alongside her pageant court and the fraternity brothers. She truly appreciates the new relationships that she has been able to build through her participation. “Being involved in the pageant has been a great experience for me. I have met some great people and have gotten a bit more out of my comfort zone,” says Kamaara.

As a prize, Kamaara will receive a portion of scholarship money from the Theta Omicron chapter. She will also have the chance to plan her proposed community service project, which will expose youth from the Durham/Chapel Hill area to performing arts, visual arts and fine arts. We congratulate Kamaara on her accomplishment!

Mentor of the Month - Makaela Jones

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Makaela Jones is a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Psychology and Exercise & Sports Science. She says that she chose to double major because she would like to continue her education and receive her Master’s Degree and Ph.D in Sport Psychology.

Makaela is from Silver Spring, Maryland, which is right outside of the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C. She got involved with Movement of Youth last semester and has enjoyed her time with the program thus far. Makaela says she got involved with MOY because she wanted to get more involved with youth in the community. In the past, she had not had much experience with mentoring high school students. She says she has taken her experience with Movement of Youth so far as a way to pay it forward.

Makaela’s favorite Movement of Youth memory was doing community service at the historical site in Durham last semester. “The mentees and mentors were able to engage in a more comfortable way, and I was laughing the entire time,” says Makaela. In the future, she hopes to see the organization offer artistic outlets for mentees such as providing canvas, paints, and tools for mentees to create art inspired by their experience with MOY.

UNC Mentors Madrid Smith and Levincent Clark participating in spoken word show

Love Stuck Spoken Word ShowUNC Movement of Youth mentors Madrid Smith and LJ Clark will be participating in a Valentine’s Day spoken word show alongside their poetry group, EROT (Ebony Readers Onyx Theater), a subgroup of UNC’s Black Student Movement.

The show is entitled “Love Struck: A Valentine’s Day Presentation,” and will feature multiple selections from the groups members. The event will take place in the Stone Center’s Hitchcock Room on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus. Entry is free. We urge everyone to come out and support our mentors! .