This past week our founder, Devine Carama, had the opportunity to speak to over 1200 students at Bourbon County Middle & High School. He spoke to each grade level separately about an array of topics including bullying, youth leadership, leaving behind a legacy, the impact education has on their future and more! The Kentucky hip hop artist is schedule to travel and speak to students in North Carolina, Seattle, WA, Chicago, IL, Portland, Oregon, over the next couple of months.
Our founder, Devine Carama, performed for 24 and then 48 hours straight outside in the cold in front of the Lexington, Ky courthouse to raise awareness for our 4th annual “A Coat To Keep The Cold Away” youth coat drive. Check out the documentary entitled, “Art Of Sacrifice”, that chronicles the impact that the those 72 hours had on Devine and his family. Video directed by Fox Fed Productions.
This month we are initiating our 5th Annual "A Coat To Keep The Cold Away" youth coat drive! Last year we gave away nearly 3000 coats in the Central & Eastern Kentucky areas and this year we plan to meet the community's needs again. We are taking request for families/schools in need of winter coats until November 21st & then we plan on distributing coats the first week of December! Would love your help in getting the word out for those with children or students that are in need of coats this winter! All request for help are completely anonymous. I don't even need the names of the students that you think may be in need. I just need amount of coats needed and sizes! Keep your eye out as the temperature drops over the next few weeks & keep me posted if you see anyone in need. I have some physical flyers for the coat drive as well if you need some.
Meet our 2018 Believing In Forever Inc. #YouthLeadershipThroughServicecontest winners! Victoria Jackson, Jamayla Sweat, Daikerra Sweat, Layla Plakosh and Mahkia Fountain! Each of these young queens completed at least 10 hours of community service this summer and a 2 page essay on how youth can make a positive impact in their community! Last night at our first Student Summit Series, these ladies were awarded with some back-to-school supplies as well as a refurbished laptop courtesy of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown, KY! Congratulations ladies! We also gave away over 50 backpacks last night courtesy of YMCA of Central Kentucky! #BelievingInForever
Watch Video Here! https://www.facebook.com/KEAmembers/videos/1741996139214708
Wow! Saturday, July 14th, over 20 friends joined in on Tyra Tyger Harbut birthday benefit ride for Believing In Forever Inc. in which we raised over $800 for this year annual #ACoatToKeepTheColdAway youth coat drive! Such a unique way to support our cause! Special thanks to CYCLEBAR and Tyra for hosting such an amazing experience and all of the people that came out and supported! It was hard but a very fun and rewarding experience! #BelievingInForever
One of the ways Believing In Forever Inc looks to build community is by empowering youth leadership through taking individual initiative for a collective goal and community service. In an continued effort to do that, we are launching a new annual Youth Leadership Through Service Back to School Contest where we will give away 20 laptops, along with other back to school essentials in an educational gift basket to youth participants ages 12-17 that perform at least 10 hours of community service and write a 2 page essay on the unique approach they will take towards being a leader in the community. For more details contact BelievingInForever@gmail.com
Lexington indie MC & community activist and our founder, Devine Carama, (has opened up and worked with acts like Talib Kweli, Big KRIT, Cunningynguist, Nappy Roots, Little Brother, Canibus, Nemo Achida, Allen Poe and more!) along side associate professor Bryan Hains, were given the opportunity to teach a hip hop & community development class at the University of Kentucky this year called "Lyricism & Leadership: Hip Hop & Community Change". The 4-week summer elective course ended with a final exam of the class completing an 8 song EP entitled, Agents of Change Volume 1, featuring themes of challenges that economically impoverished communities face. Now that the project is completed, they are to market the project and give the proceeds to a local nonprofit. The class chose "On The Move Art Studio", a traveling art studio that cities inner city communities with FREE art workshops, as the nonprofit to donate to.
Agents of Change Volume 1 Available Now!!
Devine Carama's Thoughts
"The 6 students engaging this final exam had never professionally recorded or put out any music before and all of them come from complete different racial ,generational, and economic backgrounds. The purpose of the class was to highlight the evolution of "leadership" and community development. Leadership is no longer preserved for rich, powerful white business men in suits. Leadership can be exhibited by anyone taking a stand or using their voices through whatever talents, gifts, and opportunities they have. Whether a blogger, artist, or a bus driver, everyone has the capacity to lead in alternative ways. I myself don't have a college degree, so being a hip hop artist and given the opportunity to teach a college class in itself is an example of how "leadership" and community development has changed."
Our founder, Devine Carama, speaks about our #SonsOfSingleMothers Mentoring program and the significance of having positive male mentors in the community!
Our directer, Devine Carama, made the cover of one of Lexington, KY's favorite publications, the Chevy Chaser! Check out there cover story below!
Devine Carama Chevy Chaser article! http://smileypete.com/community/words-to-live-by/
PARENTS of children from birth to 5 years! Please join us Thursday, June 23 from 12 - 2 PM at all of our neighborhood center locations for Head Start Enrollment Day! SIGN UP your children for quality child development services and give your child a Head Start. Find the location closest to you and enjoy music, inflatables, games and food. #CommunityAction #CAC
Come out and hear some great local talent while supporting a great cause!! Hip Hop For Humanity: Youth Coat Drive Fundraiser
-Wednesday, December 2nd @ Cosmic Charlie's 9pm-Midnight
-All proceed go towards Believing In Forever Inc.'s Youth Coat Drive#ACoatToKeepTheCoatAway
Via LINDA B. BLACKFORD of the Lexington Herald-Leader
A Bryan Station High School graduate has been chosen as one of 32 Rhodes Scholars from throughout the United States. Logan C. Jackson, a senior at Northeastern University in Boston, will pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University next fall.
Jackson, the daughter of Tonya and Jamie Jackson of Lexington, was one of three valedictorians of Bryan Station High School — as was her twin sister, Cameron — in 2011. A civil engineering major, Logan Jackson is president of Northeastern’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, and a violist in her university’s symphony orchestra.
Jackson also has worked in community services relating to refugees in Kentucky, low-income housing and employment, tutoring and mentoring.
“I was pretty surprised. It’s kind of shocking, but I was happy,” Jackson, 22, said in a phone interview Sunday evening. “Obviously I’m excited.”
Jackson said she plans to work on two one-year master’s degrees — one in evidence-based social intervention and policy and one in education — because she’s interested in higher education policy.
“I’m interested in increasing the number of diverse people in STEM fields,” she said. Jackson is the only black woman in her five-year civil engineering class at Northeastern. Last year, she said, only 878 black women received engineering degrees across the country.
“There just aren’t that many of us in school or industry,” she said.
Jackson is the first Rhodes Scholar from Northeastern University. She’s also the first in recent memory from Bryan Station, where she was part of the Spanish Immersion Program, said counselor Ann Hurt.
“She was so motivated, she was an outstanding student, she took all really top-notch classes,” Hurt said. “She was a good example to her classmates. The one thing I do want to say is that I am not surprised.”
Jackson applied through District 9, which includes Kentucky, Indiana and Virginia. She was one of 14 finalists for interviews in Indianapolis held the last week in October.
The winners were chosen from 869 applicants who were endorsed by 316 colleges and universities. The scholarships cover all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford University starting in October.
The Rhodes Scholarships were established by Cecil Rhodes, a British industrialist who lived in South Africa and later founded Rhodesia, the region in Southern Africa now named Zimbabwe. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.
The most recent Rhodes Scholar from Lexington was Dunbar High School graduate Victor Yang, who won the honor in 2011.