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NEIGHBORHOOD A LIGHT UP SOUTH MEMPHIS PUBLICATION

VOLUME II - MAY 2014

NEWS

SUMMER CAMP EDITION community calendar listings Also Featuring Victory Ministries:

Kingdom Kids Christian Summer Camp

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ESPN ACADEMY

Developing Dreamers for Over a Decade

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NEIGHBORHOOD A LIGHT UP SOUTH MEMPHIS PUBLICATION

NEWS

MISSION

summer camp edition

The mission of LUSM is to improve the conditions of the South Memphis community by constructing and operating a neighborhood improvement office to implement ongoing community building activities. LUSM seeks to spread light throughout the community with past and present resident led initiatives that promote strong and healthy work ethic and community collectivism. The mission of Neighborhood News is to provide a positive media source to the South Memphis community. We seek to feature residents, spotlight businesses and serve as a helpful resource to all concerned South Memphis stakeholders. Neighborhood News is a vital component to help the organization meet its 2025 vision.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

ESPN ACADEMY

Operates After School Program and Summer Camp

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SUMMER CAMP LISTINGS

LUSM SPONSOR HIGHLIGHT CREDITS: Editor-In-Chief: Erica May Photography: Bluprint Photography & Graphics Graphic Design: TwoPiece Graphic Design

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* LUSM would like to thank AJ Parron Jones for his contribution to this issue.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Summer Break: Take a Break From School, Not a Break From Learning Summer is an exciting time for everyone, especially the youth! Although school is not in session, we should encourage our children to never take a “break” from learning. Many of the youth will find themselves with more time on their hands than usual. It is our jobs to make sure they use this time wisely. Parents, teachers, and youth leaders are on the frontline in the battle against destructive forces. I know from personal experience, engaging in urban youth development can be tiresome. But we cannot grow weary in the fight. This edition is dedicated to ensuring parents are aware of the opportunities and options that are available (right here in this community) to keep the youth positively occupied this summer. Due to the consistent advances in technology, our children are inundated daily with information, messages, and themes that are not appropriate and/or productive to the development of positive morals and character. Between urban music, reality television, and social media--- it sometimes seems like the messages of sex, drugs, misogyny and materialism are prevailing. These are strong platforms, which is why we have to be just as diligent in our efforts to instill positive character traits in them. Many teenagers look forward to working summer jobs. Having a summer job can allow teens to earn money while building work ethic and other skills vital for employment. However, we cannot allow adolescents to be consumed with their “summer job”. Allow them to work, but please make sure they also attend some college preparation activities, perform community service, and attend development workshops. The job is for the moment and things that are most likely to be purchased with the earned income (clothes, cell phones, nights outs, etc.) will not last. Naturally, teenagers are more likely to seek after “things” they can purchase and use now, opposed to experiences and skills that lead to upward mobility. So it is up to us to teach our children to become producers and not producers just for the sake of consuming; but producers that are able to build, maintain and sustain greatness.

Erica May

LUSM thanks all community organizations and people for their efforts to provide our youth with positive activities this summer.

Be safe, Have Fun, and Learn!

W.I.N. ProgrAm (Workforce Investment Network) Messick Adult Education Center Building D 416-4936 Contact: Gloria Taylor or Derrick Pointer • • • •

Provide bus passes to school Assist in getting your High School Equivalency Test Pay the cost for testing Help with enrollment into college or technical trade school

• Provide summer employment • Assist with full-time employment at completion • Provide training for certification in logistics and warehouse • Allow Participation in college tour and job placement

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Noteworthy

ESPN Academy OPERATES AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM AND SUMMER CAMP

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he ESPN (Education, Scholarship, Preparation and Nurture) Academy has been “Developing Dreamers for Over a Decade.” Located on McLemore inside Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, the organization offers a free after -school program that serves elementary, middle and high school students. The leaders are proud to report that every child that has attended their program has ESPN ACADEMY SCHOOL PROGRAM AND graduated highOPERATES school. AFTER The organization has now CAMP expanded to offer aSUMMER low- cost summer camp option. Students attending the ESPN after school program and/or summer camp can look forward one –on-Scholarship, one tutoring, resourceand speakers, computer lab, chess lessons, The ESPNto (Education, Preparation Nurture)a Academy has been “Developing field trips,for working in the community ACTinside Prep Pilgrim and more. Founded in 2001, Dreamers Over a Decade.” Located ongarden, McLemore Rest Baptist Church, the the ESPN Academy proven reputation of that genuine service in the South organization offers ahas freea after -school program serves elementary, middleMemphis and high community by providing excellent academic support to students in need free of charge. school students. The leaders are proud to report that every child that has attended their

program has graduated high school. The organization has now expanded to offer a low- cost Dates: June 3rd - July 31st / Cost: $35/week / Hours 7:30am - 5:30pm / summer camp option. Students the ESPN after Smith school901-570program 0382 and/or summer Contact Sharon Phiferattending 901- 361-7625 or Valerie camp can look forward to one –on- one tutoring, resource speakers, a computer lab, chess lessons, field trips, working in the community garden, ACT Prep and more. Founded in 2001, the ESPN Academy has a proven reputation of genuine service in the South Memphis community by providing excellent academic support to students in need free of charge.

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community calendar Listings TENNIS SUMMER CAMP

Bellevue Tennis Center 1310 S. Bellevue Blvd., 38106 901-237-5677 - tennismemphis.org June 2 - July 24 - Ages: 5-18 The 2014 NJTL Tennis Summer Camps are packed with FUN and instruction, drills, games, individual and team competition. Campers learn tennis fundamentals, scoring, rules and sportsmanship. $25/week

LILYROZE SPOTLIGHT SUMMERCAMP 810. South Main Street, 38106 901-308-2135 - lilyrozestudios.com June 2 - July 25 - Ages: 3-16 Performing Arts Summer Camp Starts at $50/week

CITY OF MEMPHIS SUMMERCAMP

All Community Centers 901-636-4272/901-636-4203 - www.memphistn.gov June 9 - July 25 - Ages: 5-15 Summer Camp (April 12, 9am -12pm - Early Reg.) (May 10, 9am - 12pm - Registration)

A Summer of Fun and Empowerment!!! Y.E.S.(Youth Empowerment Summer) CAMP is a full service, fun filled, eight week summer program that will empower our youth through enriching, cultural activities.

Camp Dates June 2nd – Aug 1st ~ Where: Morning View Baptist Church 1626 Carnegie St. 38106 ~ AGES 5-16 ~ Weekly Camp Tuition: $65

~ Activities Being Offered ~ Academic Enrichment Sports/Fitness

~Activity/Registration/TShirts: $125 *One Time Fee

Dance

~ Hours of Operation: 7am – 5pm

Empowerment Sessions

~ Mandatory Meet & Greet, Sat. May 17th @11am

Board Games

Contact 901-488-1112 for more information visit www.a1empowerment.com

X-Box Games Competitions Piano/Drums Back to School Jump Off Overnight Camp @ YMCA(1 Time) Field Trips Arts & Crafts Career/College Planning

*Lunch & 2 Snacks Provided *ACTIVITIES ARE AGE APPROPIATE!

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KingdomKids CHRISTIAN SUMMER CAMP

Cost: Free / Location Cane Creek Apartments /1528 Ragan St. Kingdom Kids camp is operated by Victory Ministries, an outreach ministry of Victory in Christ Christian Church on South Parkway In addition to Kingdom Kids summer camp, they operate Teen City ----a free after school tutoring program at Hamilton Middle. During spring break, they partnered with the W.I.N. program to take more than 50 high school seniors to Lincoln University in Missouri. Some students students left the tour with full four-year scholarships. For more information on Kingdom Kids camp contact (901) 725-6751

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community calendar Listings, cont'd DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS

CAMP GILBERT SUMMER CAMP

CHRISTIAN SUMMER CAMP: REPAIRING THE BREECH

KNOWLEDGE QUEST - CAMP QUEST 2014

4339 PARK AVENUE 901-761-5250 - dixon.org April 5 - June 28 - All Ages Mini tour in the Garden of Dixon Gallery and Garden. 9am - 11am (Saturdays Only FREE

2230 Corry Road (Inside of Kipp Academy) 901-238-7879/ 901-474-5709 June 2 - July 25 - Rising 2nd - 9th grade students $110 first student, $60 each additional sibling (for entire summer)

369 G.E. PATTERSON AVENUE 901-521-9160 May 27 - August 1 - Ages 4-13 Christian based summer academic enrichment camp. 7am - 6pm $55/Week

590 Jennette Place, 38126 901-942-1512 - kqmemphis.org June 2 - July 18 - KK - 8th grade All day fun with field trips, farming, hands-on activities with math, science, language arts and more! Mandatory Orientation, May 28 @ 4:30pm 1st child $65; 2nd child $45; 3rd child $25; 4th child FREE

STATE REPRESENTATIVE RAUMESH AKBARI PRESENTS

RESTORING Citizenship Rights, Voting & Work Rights For Convicted Felons

COMING THIS SUMMER!!! State Representative Raumesh Akbari @RepAkbari

@RepAkbari

www.akbari91.com 615-741-3830 or 901-605-6918 rep.raumesh.akbari@capital.tn.gov

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Neighborhood News Summer Camp Edition May 2014