TAMPA — With Martin Luther King Jr. Day quickly approaching, local non profit Voice the Movement will host its fifth annual teen empowerment workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Springhill Park Community Center, 1000 E Eskimo Ave.
The free, interactive workshop is designed for boys and girls ages 13 to 18, and is entitled, “Fearless and Flawless Teen Empowertainment.”
Event organizer Ivy Box says when creating the title, entertainment and empowerment were intentionally merged, so kids would know it will be a fun event rather than simply hearing lectures all day.
“I know for myself when I was younger I attended those workshops, but they were more academic based,” Box said.
“There will be local acts, giveaways and prizes,” she said. “This event is saying it’s good to go to college, but having personal well-being and being happy and confident with yourself helps you succeed in college. It’s all about being well-rounded.”
VTM hopes to help underserved teenagers build character, promote confidence, and encourage positive self-imagery, all while commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. The group believes the teenage years are when boys and girls start to experience problems with self-esteem, hyperactivity or other factors that can distract them from continuing and attending school.
For this reason, the event aims to improve interest in higher education and community involvement, and reduce the likelihood for young teenagers to fall into the systematic cycle of poverty.
The workshop is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided for the teenagers who attend.
Scheduled speakers include DeLeon Sheffield of The DeLeon Sheffield Company, WFTS-Ch. 28 sports anchor Brandon Baylor, 95.7 The Beat radio personalities Anjali “Queen B” McGuire and DJ Shizm, and Melonie Graves of The Mellionaire House. Also scheduled to appear are DJ Tayy, DJ Silencer and The Freddie Solomon Boys & Girls Club Step Team.
Registration is limited to 100 boys and 100 girls. For more information and to register, visit voicethemovement.org/.