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‘We’ve Come This Far by Faith’

Youth performance set for Saturday at Sycamore Center

READY TO PERFORM — Participants in the Steubenville CommUNITY Youth Choir and members of the Ambassadors Mime Team, bottom photo, will perform an original play, which is open to the public and free. It will be presented Saturday at the Sycamore Youth Center, 301 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, beginning at 6 p.m. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — A “Black in History” play that was created, written and produced by a group of local youth will be presented as part of a first-time event being held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Sycamore Youth Center, located at 301 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.

The time of fellowship and songs, skits and a mime ministry is open to the public with Alia Smith and Minister Brent Kimball serving as co-masters of ceremonies.

The Steubenville CommUNITY Youth Choir and Ambassadors Mime Team, part of the RISE CommUNITY Youth Group, are part of the “We’ve Come This Far By Faith” performance.

“The event is in honor or Black History Month and is prepared and organized by the RISE CommUNITY Youth Group and the young people who wrote the entire play and put the program together and is under the direction of myself, Renee Thompson, both directors of the program and a group of amazing youth group leaders — Zhane’ McBride, Glenda Jones, Daija James, Nyasha Jones, George Jones, LaTosha Jenkins and Barbara Wilson,” explained Trey Jeter, director of programs and administrative services, RISE CommUNITY Youth Group and director of the Steubenville CommUNITY Youth Choir.

“The title ‘We’ve Come This Far by Faith’ comes from how far people have come, the accomplishments that many have made and are still making to this day,” Jeter explained.

“We are a CommUNITY Youth Group who constantly teach our young people to be out in the ‘CommUNITY’ and to give back to the ‘CommUNITY’ and to bring ‘UNITY’ back in our ‘CommUNITY,’ and with that we wanted to shine some light on a few of our local entrepreneurs who are right here in the area,” Jeter added.

It will include a time of honoring three local entrepreneurs, including Tonica Crawford, owner of Crawford Construction in Steubenville; Jorian Jones, who has started his own shoe design business called JB Official Custom Kicks; and Delilah Mukes, owner of Luscious Lippies.

The event is free of charge, but there will be a free will offering, which will all benefit the youth group programming, “which includes traveling, food, education, if any youth need help with clothes or shoes, etc.,” Jeter added, noting donations also can be sent to 515 North St. for the youth group.

“We are really encouraging everyone to come out and support these young people,” Jeter said. “They have worked extremely hard on this event and would love to have the whole ‘CommUNITY’ come out and support them.”

Jeter said the mentoring group is accepting donations of clothes, shoes and personal care items for young people. They can be brought to 515 North St., “where we will have a closet set up and if any child in this community is in need, they will be able to ‘shop’ in the clothes closet.”

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