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Youth Empowerment Society hosts Back to School Bash
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The Youth Empowerment Society will host its very first event Aug. 15 from noon until 8 p.m. at the Youth Empowerment Back to School Bash.

Gates open to the public at 11:45 a.m. at the Newton County Fairgrounds, or Legion Field, at 3183 Mill Street in Covington.

Free food, free giveaways, free school supplies, inflatables, games, speakers, a talent showcase and end-of-the-evening Dance Your Way to Success Glow Party are scheduled for the group’s first event.

The event is free, with the hope that youth attending the event will walk away empowered with tools for a successful school year and a successful life.

Speakers will also be coming from noon- 4 p.m.

Attorney Tomieka Richard Daniel, Supervising Attorney for Georgia Legal Services Program, Macon, Georgia and Founder of Secrets and Stilettos will present on the topic of teen dating violence.

Attorney Gerald A. Griggs, Gerald A. Griggs, LLC, Decatur, Georgia will speak on Anti-Bullying.

C.H.A.M.P.S. of Newton County Sheriff’s Office will present on issues such as Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse Prevention; Gangs and Violence; Peer Pressure/Bullying; Internet Safety

Captain Sammy Banks, Newton County Sheriff’s Office will present on Positive Interactions with Law Enforcement and What Is Expected During a Traffic Stop or Other Interaction with Law Enforcement.

Tommy Gregory, Asst. Coach Newton Rams Football, will close out the speaking program with an inspirational message, lighting a fire under the youth for a successful school year.

Military and college recruiters are expected to be present. We have also asked local artists and athletes to participate and encourage our youth to get on a path to success.

Following our speakers, we will have a talent showcase allowing local youth to perform and present their various talents. This is not a talent show with winners and losers. This is a talent showcase where all of the performers are winners.
Finally, we will close out the evening with a Glow in the Dark Dance party from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. The youth can bring their own glow sticks, glow necklaces, etc. but we intend to have some available. Supplies may be limited.

We are excited about all that will be offered at this amazing event. Everything will be free for the participating youth. We need your help to pull off this event. We need your time and participation. We need your donations of water, Gatorade, school supplies, book bags, etc. We need your financial support. We need you to assist us in empowering the youth.
Say Y.E.S. and donate to this program. Donations can be dropped off at the Law Offices of Giget C. Johnson, LLC 2008 Eastview Parkway, Suite 700, Conyers, GA 30013 between the hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. A box will be located just outside the door of Suite 700 (located on the second floor) for collecting your donation. Monetary donations can be made online at our GoFundMe page at

Contact Shalonda Stroman at 914-575-8313 or Cassandra Jenkins at 770-557-2680 about setting up a booth and distributing school supplies.