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Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton 2nd Annual Youth Empowerment Breakfast

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:  Judy Brownlee

404-371-2204

jtbrownlee@dekalbcountyga.go

 

Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton Promotes Leadership

& Achievement at Youth Empowerment Breakfast Saturday, July 9!

 

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Themed “Releasing the Power Within . . . Accepting the Charge!”, the Youth Empowerment Breakfast anticipates 400 attendees and features remarks by noted civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis.

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Decatur, Georgia.  (6/12/11)  DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton will host the second annual  Youth Empowerment Breakfast, Saturday, July 9, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Downtown Decatur, 130 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030.  The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. and event proceeds will benefit the Youth Leadership Academy.  The attire is business.

 

“I am especially honored that Congressman John Lewis, who has represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District since 1986, has agreed to bring remarks at our second, annual Youth Empowerment Breakfast”, said DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton.  Congressman Lewis was granted the 2010 Medal of Freedom award by President Barack Obama earlier this year. 

 

The Medal of Freedom is the ‘highest award any civilian can attain’.   I look forward to his motivational remarks to our Youth Leadership Academy participants.   Congressman Lewis was born the son of sharecroppers, joined the Civil Rights Movement after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King speak on the radio and catapulted to receiving the Medal of Freedom Award from our great country’s first African-American president.  What young people need to keep in mind is that anything is possible when you take a stand, are committed to your cause and help others”, Barnes-Sutton continued.

 

The Youth Leadership Academy is an initiative proposed and developed by Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton to meet the needs of youth through education, enrichment, community service and leadership development.  The program began threeyears ago and the 2011-2012 boasts its first graduating class of 11 students from DeKalb County High Schools.

 

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For the second, consecutive year, Emmy award winner Karyn Greer will emcee the Youth Empowerment Breakfast.  Karyn delights Atlanta morning audiences on 11Alive WXIA-TV and hosts the popular “Try It Before You Buy It!” segment.  

 

The Youth Empowerment Breakfast will feature entertainment by Raize the Praize (RTP), a brother and sister dance duo, that mesmerizes audiences!  RTP members, Zhani and Zion Moore, made their first public appearance in the “Thank You” video of the James Jackson and Atlanta Praise Choir.  Since that time, this dynamic dance praise ministry has performed with Vicki Winans’ Dance Saints Dance and at GospelFest.  Raize the Praize was nominated for a Gospel Choice Award and Youth Gospel Entertainment Award 2009 for best praise dance crew.

 

The Youth Empowerment Breakfast boasts an illustrious Host Committee:  Sheriff Thomas Brown, DeKalb County Solicitor General Robert James, DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May, Judge Gregory Adams and Judge Mark Anthony Scott.

 

For sponsorship and ticket information, please visit www.sharonbarnessutton.com or call 404-371-4907.  Commissioner Sutton proudly represents District Four, which encompasses the following DeKalb County cities/communities:  Avondale Estates, Clarkston, Pine Lake, Scottdale and Stone Mountain.

 

 

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About The Youth Leadership Academy

The Youth Leadership academy is a two-year program for tenth graders that promotes conflict management, communication, academic achievement and leadership.  The project seeks to demonstrate that youth, when given guidance and educational opportunities to become productive citizens, are less likely to partake in criminal activities.  For information on the Youth Leadership Academy, please call 404-371-2204.

 

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