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TRUE Change May 2024 Updates

Hey TRUE Change Family, 


May has been a month of dynamic growth and exciting new ventures at TRUE Change. From career fairs to empowering workshops and international mentorship, we've been busy igniting change and fostering leadership skills in young individuals. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to and what lies ahead.


 

Events & Impact

On May 2nd, we had the fantastic opportunity to engage with the bright young minds of over 400 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Seventy-First Middle School in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Career Day was a vibrant forum for students to explore various career paths and envision their future possibilities. 


On May 11, our Executive Director, Kam Phillips was invited to share a word of encouragement and spend time with The Enrichment Academy program of Brother’s Making Moves, a non-profit movement for young males, that provides enrichment activities, mentorship, educational support, career skills development, and social justice advocacy to the community.

 

Partnership with Local Government

Throughout May, we partnered with Empower Gwinnett, Gwinnett County Government’s summer internship program for youth ages 15 to 21, to in a series of career and life skills workshops. TeCori Elder-Scott and Kam Phillips led sessions, including “The Power of Connection,” “Protect Your Energy: Workplace Wellness,” and “Values to Vision: Elevate Your Path,” which provided invaluable insights and tools to help interns excel both personally and professionally.


Students who participated attended Georgia Institute of Technology, Augusta University, Kennesaw State University, South Gwinnett High School, Meadowcreek High School, Peachtree Ridge, Georgia Gwinnett College, and other educational institutions. Of the students who completed the survey, 100% agreed "This workshop helped me clarify my career motivations, mission statement, core values, and action-planning skills."





 

Upcoming Events


Macedonia Tour with JRFN

In July, we're partnering with Just Right For Now (JRFN) for a transformative basketball and mentorship tour in Skopje, Macedonia. The team, including high school varsity players from metro Atlanta schools including Mill Creek, Berkmar, Mountain View, East Jackson, and Hebron Christian, will engage in exhibition games with the Macedonia National Team (under 18 & 20 y/o), cultural enrichment, and development sessions to build leadership and foster hope. 

 

If you would like to financially contribute to cover costs for travel, meals, room, insurance, and necessary team needs, please donate here



DEI Conference Panel in Raleigh

Kam Phillips will be sharing insights at the 2024 DEI Conference "The Focus Is The Future" by the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Bank of America. He will be participating on the panel When You're The Only One: Understanding Identity In The Workplace on July 23rd.


 

Support & Partnerships


Our initiatives continue to grow, and so does our need for your support. Consider donating to our Macedonia Trip to help cover the cost of travel, room, meals, etc., or becoming a monthly donor to help with operational expenses so we can reach more youth.

 


We have also opened nominations for additional individuals to join our board of directors. Applications are open through June 30th. Please use this link to learn more. 


Thank you for your continued support. If you want to catch up on our past impact in 2024, please visit our newsletter archives here

 

With Gratitude, 

 

The TRUE Change Team

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