Young Women of Promise, Inc. in partnership with ENC Nonprofit Partners, Inc. will sponsor its 13th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebration as we reconnect after the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The event is scheduled for Monday, January 16, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Temple of Zion International Ministries, 1012 Dickinson Avenue, Greenville, NC.
According to Theresa Williams, Young Women of Promise Founder and Executive Director, “We selected the theme, “A Beloved Community for our Youth,’ as the agency stands poised to expand its youth development program initiatives in the eastern North Carolina region.” Dr. Nay Malloy Howell will deliver the keynote address. Deeply involved in community work she has been heralded for her commitment, involvement, and drive. “Dr. Nay” has enjoyed careers as a Legal Aid staff associate attorney, Johnson C. Smith University professor, housing counselor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ administrator, YMCA of the USA’s national diversity consultant, domestic violence advocate, private consultant and entrepreneur. Since 2019, she and husband, Dr. John W. Howell, Jr., have pastored Jesus Christ is the Way Anointed Worship and Deliverance Center. They know that real change begins in our hearts.
Presiding and performing at the MLK Day event will be Sandra Bruton Fisher. She is a Creditor’s Rights paralegal with the law firm of Ward and Smith, P.A. and has provided her vocal artistry to numerous community service events. She is the coordinator for One Voice Productions and her personal ministry endeavor “The Fishers – More Than Music” and a candidate for Executive Director of the Miss Kinston-Lenoir County Scholarship Organization.
Additional performances will be provided by Powerhouse Voices of Worship NC; Y’Anna Rivers; Kieanna Bruinton and Donna Whitaker Rogers.
As a Certifying Organization of the Points of Light Foundation, ENC Nonprofit Partners will present the President’s Volunteer Service Award to:
- Flora Brooks, Reaching for the Stars, Inc.
- Curtis Henderson, Jr. Hope to Destiny for Youth, Inc.
- Courtney Murphy, Farmville Senior High School student
- Willie Joyner, HYPE Leadership Institute, Inc.
- Earlean Rivers, Diversity Nurtures Achievement Community Youth Center (DNA CYC)
- Barbara Sutton, Kinston Lenoir-NAACP and Christ the Caring Ministries (CTCM)
- Arjenae Jones Williams, Something2Somebody, Inc. and
- LaToya Williams, Striving with Vision Empowerment Support Group, Inc.
- A’Niyah Grant, South Central High School
- Courtney Murphy, Farmville Central Senior High School
- Y’Anna Rivers, Warsaw Elementary School
- Jasmine and Jaleah Taylor, Kinston High School
- Dillon Ward and Franklin Ward, South Central High School
- AMEXCAN at PCC, Pitt County Schools Early College
Young Women of Promise will also recognize 2022 community partners and mini-grant awards funded by Youth Service America and the Southern Black Girls and Women Consortium, including
- Tonya Brooks, Lenoir County Learning Academy
- Brenda Griffin, Pink Hill Elementary School
- Dr. Melissa Grimes, Rochelle Middle School
- Annie Kornegay, Contentnea-Savannah School
- Elevate Mentoring & Support (Yolanda Henderson)
- NC Praise Radio, Inc. dba ENC Voices of Youth, Inc.
- Project LyfeLee, Inc. (Alicia Harper)
- Powerhouse Voices of Worship, NC (Nacasio Dixon)
- Sisters Healing Hearts, Inc (Phyllis Markland)
Young Women of Promise has hosted MLK Day celebrations in Cabarrus County from 2000 – 2006; Kinston, NC from 2008 – 2017 and hosted the event for the first time in Greenville, N.C. on January 15, 2018.
Admission to the event is free. A community offering will be held with proceeds benefiting Young Women of Promise youth development programs in the Kinston and Greenville communities. Light refreshments will be served after the event.
For additional information call Theresa Williams at 252/367-8292
email: email@example.com or visit www.youngwomenofpromise.org.
About Young Women of Promise, Inc.
Young Women of Promise, Inc. (YWOP) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The mission of Young Women of Promise is to inspire and empower youth in grades K-12 with a passion for learning. Our programs allow youth to pursue their dreams confidently and creatively while developing academic, leadership and service learning skills that will allow them to be successful in life.
Young Women of Promise believes that the strength of a community lies in its youth. Our programs include the Project Promise Mentoring Alliance for youth in grades 6-12; A Promise to Read literacy initiative, which provides free book distributions; Camp Promise summer enrichment programs; and Teens and Kids Who Care recognition program.
Young Women of Promise was founded by Kinston, NC native and children’s advocate Theresa Williams Bethea in 2001. The agency has supported youth from Lenoir, Duplin, Mecklenburg, Pitt, Beaufort, Greene, Cabarrus and Rowan counties.
About ENC Nonprofit Partners, Inc.
ENC Nonprofit Partners, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit and regional collaborative in rural North Carolina. Our programs are designed to build the capacity for community change through training and resource development; community organizing; education and positive youth programs.
Strengthening the Foundation is a leadership development initiative of ENC Nonprofits. The program will launch in February 2023 and will be led by Dr. Nay Malloy Howell.