It Takes A Village held its second Scholarship and Awards Gala, June 21 in the Hall of Fame at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore. In addition to Oscar Cobb receiving the Key to the Village Award, Excellence Awards went to Morgyn Thomas, 7th grade; Takiya Braxton, 5th grade; Darius Williams, 4th grade, Ki’Ajah Davis, 2nd grade and Maria Whitehead, 1st grade, all students of Edgecombe Circle Elementary/Middle School. Steve Berlack, president and founder of The Berlack Method was the keynote speaker at the event that also featured dance by Sydnee Fields and Larry Lancaster.
It Takes a Village is a non profit organization that offers advocacy and empowerment programs for young people and families of Baltimore city and county. Programs include enrichment resources at Edgecombe Circle, a 6-week summer camp, a scholarship program, Youth Seeking To Reach Incredible Visions of Excellence (Youth STRIVE); and Boys in Building One’s Worth Through investment, Empowerment and Sacrifice (Boys in BOWTIES), a mentoring program for 7 and 8th grade boys at Edgecombe Circle.
Sean and Larinda Fields founders of It Takes A Village, both ministers at Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church, believe education is an important element to success and have had many years of experience wotking with at-risk young people.
It Takes A Village founders can be contacted at ITAVCEC@gmail.com or 443-579-ITAV.