Lives were changed during the seventh annual R.E.A.D.Y. 2000 Inc. Summer Enrichment Camp, held last month at the W.W. Mann Center and The Body of Christ Assembly, Inc.
As a Bulloch County-based Christian nonprofit organization, Responsible Educated Advocates for the Development of Youth (R.E.A.D.Y.) is committed to making a difference in the lives of young people around the region.
This outreach ministry provides children in Bulloch County and surrounding areas with an opportunity to engage in financially affordable wholesome, enriching activities during the summer. The summer camp, the organization’s biggest endeavor, has been held every year since 2007.
This year, 30-40 boys and girls ages 13-18 met from June 26-28 and were challenged by guest speakers, learned about their future goals and built the foundation for lasting friendships.
After a presentation by Dr. Patrice Buckner Jackson, the dean of students at Georgia Southern University, on day two of the camp, the students concluded that owning a fancy sports car is not a sign of success because money doesn’t make you a “success.”
The sounds of the R.E.A.D.Y. Choir, under the direction of Minister Annette Holloway, filled the chapel each morning before the Morning Glory service, while Pastor Samuel C. Watkins Sr., Minister Bernard Trippett and Minister Kailon Brewton delivered messages.
Gregory Christie, a two-time recipient of The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year Award and a three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration, was a guest speaker. He encouraged the campers to pursue their passion and to dedicate time and effort to develop their gifts and talents. Christie told of his passion for drawing and art at an early age and how he was able to successfully develop his talent into a career he now loves.
Another guest speaker, Christie Brown, an employee service specialist at Georgia Southern University, informed the students on proper interviewing techniques and successfully completing a job application.
Kenney Dennard of Riverdale, Georgia, said the sky is the limit when one is determined, and Mitzie Profitt from Parent to Parent of Georgia taught the students how to create a working life path for attaining their goals.
The closing awards and recognition reception was held at The Body of Christ Assembly. The students were presented with special awards. Some of the students gave testimony of their new commitment and relationship with Jesus Christ as a result of the camp.