Summary of organization’s accomplishments
Year founded: 1995
Describe your agency’s work: Helping Yourself With Pride through Education (HYPE) is a program designed to work with kids on the values of Leadership, Scholarship and Service. We use the art forms of Step, Dance and Acting to also build self-esteem, and motivation for high academic achievement. We have also done community projects to help feed the homeless and to recognize and award area youth for the sacrifices they make in helping to make our community a better place to live and work.
What motivates you to serve?
It started with a little seed planted at an early age. My mom and dad served as pastors and I watched them serve others for years. When I started teaching in 1995, I saw the need for students to have extracurricular activities for them to stay focused and to develop a passion for something that they will fall in love with and help idle time. Continuing to meet kids and parents who wanted this type of structure motivates me to continue each day.
How has your work touched the lives of youth in your community?
We have won numerous championships including the Disney National Step Show Championship, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship (CIAA), along with being contestants on 3 episodes of NBC’s TV Show, “America’s Got Talent”. These, plus numerous other wins, along with a strict accountability structure, have helped to improve self-esteem and motivation. However, the biggest way we touch lives is with an understanding of how education is important for your future. We have been in existence for 28 years now and have a 100% graduation rate. Many of our kids go to college or the military after high school.
Do you have a personal motto? Or Bible verse that guides your life?
Thinking of Ourselves Today, Developing Ourselves for tomorrow. Make decisions today that will have a positive effect on your tomorrow. Don’t dig a ditch that you can not get out of.
Describe your family:
I am married to the lovely Latoya Joyner. We have 3 daughters (Mia Mewborn, Kyra Joyner, Keturah Joyner). We also have 2 grandkids (Julian Jenkins, Arielle Joyner). My dad died in 2007, However, Betty Joyner Haddock is my mom and pastor. She is married to Tony Haddock. I have one brother (Anthony Joyner) and two sisters (Angela Joyner, and Arlene Joyner)
What advice would you offer to others wanting to serve?
Find a way to make it work. There is a way we all can contribute to helping to make our world a better place.