Helping to improve one’s potential, self-esteem and self worth, the H.I.P program encourages the youth in Richmond County. With the help of Curtis Ingram of Rockingham, Co-Founder and CEO John Thomas of Rockingham and Co-Founder Dr. Fred McQueen this is being achieved in 1992.
“Our mission is to be available to help young males by providing guidance and support while focusing on self esteem and improving our youths overall potential,” Thomas said.
Eugene Flowers, president of the HIP Boys Club, looks forward to the continued process of learning from the mentors.
The organization has chapters in the Philadelphia Community and in Hamlet (which is in the process of starting up again.) “I have been inactive for awhile and now I am ready to get back involved.”
The group took a trip to Atlanta in June to visit the Martin Luther King Center, Clark Atlanta University, Spellman College, Morehouse College and the CNN building.
The trip was funded from 50 sponsors throughout Richmond County, fundraisers and even funds to the individuals involved.
“I just want to thank the people who have supported us,” Ingram said.
With the group growing in size, they plan on looking for a building big enough to house them all for their meetings. “This way we won’t have to meet at different locations,” Ingram said.
This is a two tier organization, counselors and advisors that can bring the benefits of their experience, knowledge and creative abilities are recruited. Their job is to motivate and nurture the youth. These individuals should be available, attentive, approving, a role model , a mentor and a friend.
The youth that are recruited are from diverse ages, grades and economic backgrounds. Each youth must be willing to attend the meetings on a regular basis, accept guidance and support, speak freely and openly about issues and concerns conduct themselves with respect for others. They must also build potential and grow and strive for excellence.
“As president of the HIP Boys we are looking forward to having a good time and learning more about the history of Dr. King,” said Flowers.
If you would like to participate or volunteer with the program, contact Curtis Ingram at (910) 206-1240.
Hollie Nivens can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ext. 19 or by e-mailing at email@example.com