From staff reports
The Winston County Self Help Cooperative hoping to build on the promise and potential in young boys recently held its 5th Annual Young Male Summit titled “Making them a priority.”
The event organizers sought ways to empower the youth and equip parents with the tools necessary to help them succeed.
The 91 attendees received informational lessons on leadership, respect, and achieving greatness in the face adversity. The informational Summit was led by Youth Development Director Dennis Murray.
The youth and parents received insight form Orlando Trainer, Supervisor District 2 in Oktibbeha County; Pastor Joe Glass, Cobby Mondale Williams and Rev. Benjamin Pittman.
“I encourage each of you to push forward and press on,” said Trainer. “Parents set the bar high for your children and train them up.”
Trainer also encouraged parents to continue to guide their children on the straight and narrow pathways, by preparing them for a future they can’t see, in order to be better leaders. He reminded parents to be cautious about the way they responded to their children’s mistakes. He added, “Nothing worthwhile comes easy. Mistakes are part of the learning experiences of life.”
Talent building was also a reoccurring message. They were told to lead positively by example. “Develop your talents to the greatest of your ability and use them to lift up others,” said Rev. Pittman.
Jean Harper one of the WCSHC organizers of the event recognized the Winston Little League Eagles and coaches for making a difference in the community and with the youth.
“This men are concerned about the community and express it to others,” said Harper.
She noted that the youth seeing successful male role models helped solidify the notion that any one of them can achieve success as well.
Harper recognized Lawrence Sangster, Banky Howard, Chris Walker, Tron Overstreet, Dink Hughes, Petey Thames, and Drew Nash for their work in the community as part of the Little League Eagels.