NCCU Mentor Dominique Littles accepted into study abroad internship program in Peru

Dominique LittlesMovement of Youth mentor and NCCU Site Director Dominique Littles was recently accepted into the Introduction to Clinical Pathology and Basic Science of Infectious Tropical Disease Medical Internship. She will be leaving for Peru on Dec. 12 to work in the medical field in the city of Cusco. During her ten days there, Dominique will be participating in clinical and lab rotations, attending lectures on common diseases infecting the citizens of Peru and exploring the jungles of the area. She will also be working on ten case studies that are considered “homework” during her time there. Dominique will be traveling alongside Dr. Lane Rolling, M.D. and the Tropical Pathology and Infectious Disease Association.

Dominique is a junior at North Carolina Central University majoring in biology with a concentration in pre-med. She says that she has always been interested in working in the medical field and traveling to different parts of the world to help others. While in Peru, Dominique hopes to gain reassurance as to why she chose to be a biology/ pre-med major. Dominique says that she has battled with health issues in the past and wants to be able to help people who may have similar experiences.

For more information and to support Dominique's internship in Peru visit www.gofundme.com/f3gth4.

New Student Executive Members Chosen for 2014-2015 School Year

This school year’s student executive members were chosen at the Aug. 23 Movement of Youth board of directors meeting. As part of Atrayus Goode’s “20 by 2020” expansion plan, the organization has moved forward with choosing separate executive members for each university site. By the Spring 2015 semester, each site will be operating independently.

In order to become an executive board member, each of these students had to submit a resume and cover letter, which were both reviewed by the board of directors. The students then sat in on the August board meeting, during which they completed team interviews and participated in planning for this school year’s programs.

The site directors for each school are currently working to build the remainder of their leadership teams for their universities. Aside from the universities that were previously participating (UNC, Central, Duke), two new schools have been added this year. Both North Carolina A&T and Howard University now have site directors and will be part of the Movement of Youth team.

Currently, the newly elected members are as follows:

UNC Site
Site Director: Kelsey Williams (’16)
Mentoring Services Director: Levincent Clark (’17)
Communications Director: Maya Dantzler (’16)
Marketing Director: Kamaara Lucas (’16)
Research & Evaluation Director: Tianna Barnes (’15)

NCCU Site
Site Director (NCCU): Dominique Littles (’16)

North Carolina A&T Site
Site Director (NC A&T): David Reavis (’16)

Howard University Site
Site Director (Howard U): Talitha Halley

We are looking forward to watching our student leaders shape their respective programs and build on their skills.

Mentor of the Month - Jordan McBride

Headshot of Jordan McBrideJordan McBride, a senior marketing major at NCCU, has been involved as a mentor with Movement of Youth for three months now. He believed that by becoming a part of the mentor program, he could give back the knowledge he gained on his own when growing up. “I did not have anyone guiding me, and showing me positive constructive things when I was the age of our students. Therefore I have learned things through trial and error,” says McBride. His experiences made him realize that as a mentor, he could lead kids to make good choices to ensure a path to a successful future.

With McBride’s consistent attendance and help as a mentor, he is doing just that. He believes that MOY’s involvement in these children’s’ lives is benefitting them in many ways. “It provides them with a platform to grow and gain knowledge. Also, it is a safe place where confidence is built within the students so that they are ‘sure’ of themselves and aware of their maximum potential,” says McBride. Not only do the kids benefit from MOY, but McBride believes he is, as well. “I have benefited by learning from the students. I am privileged to work with such brilliant young minds and they have continued to help me develop through the knowledge that the already posses,” he says. McBride loves the fact that at MOY, mentors and mentees serve as friends to each other to help one another grow in different ways. With each event, comfortable and open relationships have been built between the two.

When asked about McBride’s favorite experience so far with MOY, his answer was with the program, Nourish International. The task of the program was to create a business plan and present the finished product to the rest of the audience. “I was so impressed at how the students took the lead, worked together, and then came up with great ideas. I truly felt like the student because they taught me that day instead of me teaching them,” he says.

McBride’s outstanding involvement with MOY has not gone unnoticed by others. Alayah Glenn, the director of mentoring of MOY, believes that he displays the epitome of MOY’s mission and vision for the community. “His engagement with mentees without prompting and relationship building skills are an example to other mentors and his enthusiasm for leadership is an encouraging example of the student leadership that started the program,” says Glenn.

McBride will continue to work as a mentor with MOY because of the enjoyment it brings to be a part of the program. “It brings me great joy to give back and help young people come into their own,” he says. “The small things that we do can make such a great impact on a young persons life. I feel honored and blessed to be a part of such an organization”.

Inestin Petit-Homme’s Finalist Spot in the Sidney Lanier Creative Writing Competition.

Inestin Petit-Homme was selected as finalist in the Sidney Lanier Creative Writing Competition after submitting a short-story that he wrote. The competition, hosted by Mercer University offers a $20,000 to the most creative short story. This money is given to student in increments of $5,000 per year, to help with the cost of college tuition.

Inestin was inspired to enter the competition by MOY’s program director, Atrayus Goode. As a student in the rigorous IB program at his high school, Inestin began to doubt himself when he struggled with the hard workload. Goode offer advice and inspiration for Inestin to keep pushing himself, he decided that he needed to continue to persevere and try his best. Because of this, Inestin’s gained confidence in himself and his abilities. He wanted to take the risk of entering the Sidney Lanier Creative Writing Competition. “After meeting with Mr.Goode on several occasions, I have come to look up to him as a father figure in my life who can relate to me and also give me excellent advice to live by to better my future endeavors,” says Inestin. His involvement in MOY has also influenced his strive for success. The program has exposed him to many prestigious universities, allowing him to push himself in his academics in order to continue on to one once he graduates high school.

When asked what he would do if he won the competition, Inestin responsed that, “it would benefit me in teaching me the process of taking risks. It'll not only teach me what applying for college scholarships are like but it'll also give me the satisfaction of knowing that I tried my hardest to attain a scholarship even though I am just a junior in high school.” Inestin plans to continue his passion for creative writing in the future.