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20/20 Male Initiative,

Youth and Celebration Day scheduled

Saturday at Sycamore Center

STEUBENVILLE — The Sycamore Youth Center at 301 N. Fourth St. will be hosting two special events in celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Steubenville, in partnership with area organizations, has events on the calendar for Saturday, including the launch of the 20/20 Male Initiative, a six-month program focusing on 20 African-American males and other young adult males between the ages of 18 and 35.

“This powerful event will be taking place this Saturday,” said Bobbyjon Bauman, the center’s founder and director. “We are thrilled to host the 2020 Male Initiative event.”

Chaired by Steve Forte of Fishers Council and coordinated by the Rev. Marvin E. Barner and the Rev. Benjamin Calvert II , the event will begin with a prayer and meal at 1 p.m.; a 1:30 p.m. presentation by Barner, pastor of Second Baptist Church; a Men of Distinction testimony and reflection at 2 p.m.; a 2:15 presentation by Calvert, pastor of Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church; and self-development evaluation and future workshops discussion at 2:45 p.m.

The 20/20 Male Initiative will address networking, budgeting, strategies for success and community engagement, according to a promotional flier. The topics will be “Educate, Enroll, Enlist.” Local men will serve as advisers and mentors.

“This is the first time this will be offered during the MLK event,” the flier notes. The program is invitation only, and space is limited to 20. Parents, teachers and pastors are encouraged to nominate young men for the program by contacting Forte by phone at (412) 230-6106 or via e-mail to fisherssteub@gmail.com. Also featured is the Legacy Project of the Fishers Council.

“Our young men people need leadership and networking skills that are beyond what traditional and formal education can provide,” Calvert is quoted on the flier. “This program will begin to introduce them to additional life skills that can assure their success and their ability to make positive contributions to the lives of others, many of which are the same strong characteristics of Dr. King. This will be what empowers them to carry his vision forward.”

The MLK Children and Youth Celebration Day also will be held at the center on Saturday to the theme “I Have a Dream.” It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is being coordinated by Bauman and Cynthia Lytle.

It begins with a welcome by Lytle at 9:30 a.m. followed by performances by the A.K.C. Dance Team, CBE 180, Minister of Truth, Elisha Fletcher, the Ambassador Mime Team and the Steubenville Community Youth Choir. A presentation by Forte begins at 10:40 a.m., followed by a walk from the center to the nearby Urban Mission Ministries. From 11 a.m. to noon, the youth will be involved in a Feed the Homeless brunch and have an MLK cake as an end to the event. The celebration day is a free event for families. For info, contact Bauman at (608) 556-3068.

Shriners cancel breakfast

WEIRTON — In anticipation of inclement weather forecast for Saturday, the Weirton Shriners’ fundraiser pancake breakfast has been canceled.

WMC Auxiliary plans sales

WEIRTON — The Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary will hold a Robert’s Medical uniforms and shoe sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 22 and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 23 in the medical center located on Colliers Way.

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