THE MOTIVATOR VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2 SPRING 2011MOY Visits Harvard University UPCOMING EVENTS Saturday, March 19 Professional School Visitation Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm NCCU- BRITE Program, Durham Saturday, March 26 Charlotte Bobcats Game Time: 10:00am – 10:00pm Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte Friday, April 8 – Saturday, April 9 College Tour source facebook.com/harvard Harvard University, Cambridge, MAMovement of Youth mentors and mentees will travel to Saturday, April 30Cambridge, Massachusetts from Friday, April 8 to Saturday, Golf Clinic & Frankie’s Fun ParkApril 9, to tour the internationally renowned Harvard Time: 10:00am – 4:00pmUniversity. MOY members will participate in a panel discussion Hillandale Golf Course, Durhamwith Harvard’s Black Student Association, a Harvard Museum ofNatural History Tour, and a performance by ImprovBoston Tuesday, May 3Comedy Show. Closing Ceremony Time: 6:30pm West Campus Union Building,Harvard University’s undergraduate program is ranked first Duke University, Durhamamong “National Universities” by the U.S. News & World Report.In the QS World University rankings, Harvard University isranked second behind the University of Cambridge in the U.K.Established in 1646, Harvard University’s distinguished alumni IN THIS ISSUEinclude: comedian Conan O’Brien, civil rights leader W. E. B.Dubois, chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates, and President Barack College Tour: Harvard U., 1Obama. Hip Hop Symposium “Rap”-Up, 2 Mentor Mentee Spotlight, 3The deadline for students interested in attending was Monday,March 7. Transportation and lodging for the trip is covered forall mentors and mentees. WWW.MOVEMENTOFYOUTH.ORG
THE MOTIVATOR – PAGE 2 5th Annual Hip Hop Symposium “Rap” UpHigh school students, college studentsand local music lovers attendedMovement of Youth’s 5th Annual HipHop Symposium on Saturday, February26 at the Frank Porter Graham StudentUnion Auditorium at UNC-Chapel Hill.Guests listened to a mini-lecture fromWQOK K97.5’s own Brian Dawson. “Iwanted to focus on the positive aspectsof hip hop,” said Dawson in aninterview. “I think today hip hop gets a Movement of Youth Board Member Asa Fleming, rapper King Mez,lot of negative attention and anything motivator Dr. Derek Greenfield and radio personality Nanci-O on the discussion panel conversing about the state of hip hop .that gives me the opportunity to reachout to the youth, I am happy to Lastly, the symposium featured performances by Kingparticipate.” Mez, from the hip –hop duo the Lazaretto Crew, and the UpRite Lions, a rap trio hailing from Greensboro,Next guests transitioned to a poetry NC.session with Kane “Novakane” Smego,the founder of Sacrificial Poets- a Planning for the 6th Annual Hip Hop Symposium isperformance team that conducts already underway. Brain Dawson is projected to be theoutreach workshops to teach poetry. host of the 6th Annual and serve as a creative mind“Artistic expression provides a space alongside Pierce Freelon.for kids to gain confidence forthemselves and their own stories,” said “I want to expose [the symposium] to more youth andNovakane. “My main idea was to show get the radio station on board,” said Dawson. “Istudents that spoken word is a sub definitely have some great things in store.”genre of Hip Hop.”Movement of Youth Board Member AsaFleming, rapper King Mez, motivator @movementofyouthDr. Derek Greenfield and radiopersonality Nanci-O answered burning @Atrayus: @thebriandawson is dropping knowledge at thequestions about the state of hip hop. @movementofyouth hip hop symposium.Discussion was proctored by PierceFreelon, the artistic director of the Hip @charniew: I had no idea. RT @Clutch_Chapman: Raleigh got aHop Symposium. great artist; King Mez @movementofyouth“I am used to actually performing at @poundDEADED: "Hip Pop is supposed to make us less thanfunctions like this,” said Freelon. Hip Hop is supposed to make us greater" -- Dr G @movementofyouth“However, working with mentees,Atrayus, and other people from @nancioradioshow: I love what @movementofyouth is doingMovement of Youth’s executive has for minority students in the Durham/Chapel Hill communities.been cool. It gives me the opportunity Y’all should definitely check them out.to step in a more administrative role.”
THE MOTIVATOR – PAGE 3 Mentor Mentee Spotlight Anna Jeffries Mykia Johnson has been a part of Movement of Youth for three years. Serving as Director of Programs, Mykia has had a hand in planning everything from the Saturday Academies to the 5th Annual Hip Hop Symposium. Her dedication and uplifting spirit will be missed next year. We sat down and talked with Mykia about her experiences with MOY.MOY: What made you become a mentee in MOY: What made you want to become a mentor forMOY? MOY?Anna Jeffries: I was interested in becoming a Mykia: I heard that the program was targetingmentee when I met Atrayus at Kestrel Heights Durham high school students, I wanted to give backSchool. As soon as I met him I wanted to join; to Hillside High School because they gave so muchthe program seemed like something that I to me. I also have a passion for youth and minoritywould enjoy and it was a positive thing. achievement.MOY: What have you gotten out of the MOY: What have you gotten out of the program?program? Mykia: A lot! I have gotten more out of myAJ: I have become a lot more outgoing than I leadership roles; Movement of Youth has taught mewas before, and I have met people that have professionalism, meeting deadlines and improvinghelped me get to that point. my professional skills. I learned that dedication and proficiency is important. Overall, it has been aMOY: How has your relationship with your good learning experience.mentor/ mentee had an effect on your life?AJ: Im not so sure if my mentor, Camile Jones, MOY: How has your relationship with your menteeknows that I look up to her, but I do. When I had an effect on your life?first met Camile our relationship was kind of Mykia: My relationship with my mentee,weird, but with time it has became a lot better Dominique Cross, has given me something I canand I really do appreciate her being my look forward to. I am really impacting someone’smentor. She is always eager to help me out life. That inkling of hope in myself to know that Iwhether it involves school or personal issues, have been helping her has been rewarding to me.and shes made me view things differentlyfrom before. Basically, her optimism and MOY: What has been your favorite event orhelpful spirit has rubbed off on me. moment during Movement of Youth? Mykia: The Hip Hop Symposium in 2009, myMOY: What has been your favorite event/ sophomore year in college, was a really fun andmoment with MOY? really down to earth experience. We learned a lotAJ: My favorite event was the 2010 Campus about music and it was intimate and interactive.Visitation Weekend. I had a chance to bond The Beast was the feature. They played and talkedwith people who I did not really know and about different music. Anytime the students feeltour UNCs campus. engaged it’s rewarding to me.