The 2013 Johnston County Youth Summit was held May 8-11.
The annual summit addresses educational, employment and health issues. Its sponsors are the Johnston County Schools’ dropout-prevention teams, the Yes I Can program, Johnston County Youth Services and First Missionary Baptist Church in Wilson’s Mills.
On the summit’s first day, young people attended workshops on educational opportunities, employment preparation and youth empowerment.
At a “Family Gathering” on May 9, 15 community agencies showcased their services.
On May 10, First Missionary Baptist played host to a talent show.
The young people showcased their talents and heard words of encouragement from Lynda Carroll of WMPM radio and Tony Creasey, the starting tailback for N.C. State.
The culminating activity on May 11 was the Dropout Prevention 3-on-3 basketball tournament for students in grades six through 12.
More than 120 students played in the tournament, which drew more than 150 parents and fans.
Joe Eno, director of student services for the Johnston County Schools, thanked the many people who planned the summit.
“A team of us from Yes I Can, Youth Services and the church planned three months in advance for these events,” he said.
“We wanted to reach students at all levels and from all angles, and we will not stop until each young person learns the importance of taking full advantage of the many opportunities that exist for them in Johnston County to improve their lives educationally and personally.”