FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2018
Contact: Cathy Pitalo, Drug Free Community Program Coordinator. (228) 463-8887 HYPE@hancockhrc.org
HYPE Hosts “Believe the HYPE” Leadership Day
HYPE (Hancock Youth for Positive Efforts) to help prepare youth in navigating junior high school. HYPE Leadership Day will focus on communication, leadership skills and positive behaviors for students entering junior high (rising 6th graders at Bay-Waveland and Hancock schools and rising 7th graders at Our Lady Academy and St. Stanislaus). On Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 8:30 to 4:00, HYPE will host a “Believe the HYPE” Leadership Day at the St. Clare Community Center, 236 S. Beach Blvd., Waveland, MS, to provide youth with the necessary life skills to promote positive interactions with peers and teachers.
Register online at www.believethehypehancock.org or www.hancockhrc.org or in person at Hancock Resource Center (454 Hwy 90, Suite B, Waveland, MS). Parents may get more information on the web or on Facebook at “HYPE-Hancock Youth for Positive Efforts”.
.. or in person at Hancock Resource Center (454 Hwy 90, Suite B, Waveland, MS)
Last year, more than forty students attended the HYPE Leadership Day. Students that wish to register please contact Cathy Pitalo at (228) 463-8887 or HYPE@hancockhrc.org. Space is limited. There is a $10 registration fee and scholarships are available.
For more information or to make a donation to HYPE, contact Cathy Pitalo at (228)463-8887 or email to HYPE@hancockhrc.org. You can also learn more about HYPE at www.believethehypehancock.org .
For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2018
Hancock Youth Leadership Academy Graduates 23 Junior High Leaders
The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA) held a graduation ceremony for its seventh class of junior high students on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at St. Stanislaus’ College Cafe. The graduation was the culmination of a program that began in January. Twenty-three bright young students displaying strong leadership potential from all four area middle schools were chosen to participate in the program. Over the course of the last five months, HYLA students engaged in a series of sessions that developed and strengthened their self-awareness and leadership styles, exposed them to local government and county and municipal administration to promote civic engagement, increased their awareness of the importance of small business and industry to the health of the community, and demonstrated the role of the arts in sustaining a community’s culture.
The graduation ceremony was held immediately after the final session of the program, and was sponsored by Walmart and Pet Haven Veterinary Hospital. To start the day, the young leaders completed service projects that they planned. One project included a “Color Run” benefitting St. Jude. Students received pledges prior to their run and raised $254 for St. Jude! The second group organized the “Cookie Credit for the Medics”. In association with National Nurses Week, this group of students prepared homemade goodies and delivered them to the nurses at Ochsner Medical Center – Hancock. This group of students also honored fire fighters by delivering similar goods to the Bay St. Louis Fire Department. The final group of students organized a “Special Day for Special Needs”. These students traveled to North Bay Elementary where they read a book to special needs students and participated in an art activity related to the book. The students also brought snacks for the students and accompanied them on the playground.
Students then learned first-hand what services and resources were available in the community by participating in an activity to understand the complex situations faced by the many families who interact with the social service system. This session’s activities provided the springboard to launch the students from the program, as they are now set to enter high school as young leaders with cultural sensitivity and a firm understanding of their community’s assets and resources.
“I am amazed every year at the service projects these young leaders plan and implement. Service is such an important aspect of leadership development and I could not be more pleased that they took their projects so seriously,” said Rhonda Rhodes, President of the Hancock Resource Center, who founded the Hancock Youth Leadership Academy in 2012.
The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy is the first county-wide youth leadership program in Hancock County. HYLA extends sincere appreciation to the generous sponsors of the 2018 program: Accelerated Physical Therapy, David Bassett, CPA, Brehm Bell, Betz, Rosetti & Associates, Clement Benvenutti, Attorney at Law, James J. Chiniche, P.A. Inc., Compton Engineering/Mickey Lagasse, Crane Builders, LLC, DAK Americas, Diamondhead Dental Clinic, Gus and Susan Gelpi, JEM, LLC, Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, Bert Keel, Jr. DMD, Kay Kell,, Dr. William LeDoux, Mike Meyers (State Farm Agent), John McDonald Realty, Pet Haven Veterinary Hospital, Mississippi Power Assoc., SABIC Innovative Plastics, Silver Slipper Casino, Southern Printing & Silkscreening, South Group Insurance, Dean and Marilene Taylor, Tellus Self Storage, Triton Systems, Inc., Rotary Club of Bay St. Louis, RPM Pizza, LLC, Waveland Walmart, Susan Williams-Allen, Bay Waveland Middle School, Hancock Middle School, Our Lady Academy, and Saint Stanislaus Prep.
(Picture #1) Devin Graham (OLA), Adisson Capo (OLA), Haley Cox (OLA), Brandon Rhodes (Saint Stanislaus), Ryan Ladner (Hancock), Gus Breisacher (Saint Stanislaus), and Christian Bourgeois (Saint Stanislaus) prepare to begin the “Color Run”, which raised $254 for St. Jude.
(Picture #2) Elisabeth Mooar (Hancock), Brandon Griffith (Saint Stanislaus), Urbano Mendez (B/W Middle), Keegan Leverett (Saint Stanislaus), Rachel Rowe (Hancock) and Maci Ladner (Hancock) present Shawn Cagle, RN with a basket of goodies for all of the nurses at Ochsner Medical Center – Hancock.
(Picture #3) HYLA students Naomi Robertson (B/W Middle) and Allie Lindsey (Hancock) read “The Hungry Caterpillar” to special needs students at North Bay Elementary.
For more information, please contact Rhonda Rhodes at 228-463-8887.
For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2018
HYLA visits Stennis to continue Economic Development Tour
On May 2, 2018, high school juniors participating in the Hancock Youth Leadership Academy continued their journey of economic development in Hancock County by visiting the John C. Stennis Space Center. The economic development session was the fifth session for the high school juniors and was sponsored by Aerojet Rocketdyne. Students began the day with an overview and briefing on internship and career opportunities at Stennis before traveling to the Naval Meteorology and Oceanographic Command Center. There they were able to view the tools used for scientific exploration of the ocean floor.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, a world recognized aerospace leader in propulsions, sponsored both lunch and a tour of their facility. It is here that large liquid rocket engines are assembled and tested. Next on the agenda was an amazing tour of NASA’s Propulsion Test Complex where the young leaders were able to walk to the top of A2 test stand where engines for all manned Apollo and space shuttle flights have been tested and where next-generation engines that will once again carry humans into deep space will be tested.
Students then met with Hamish Guthrie, General Manager of Rolls-Royce Outdoor Jet Engine test facility and discussed career opportunities with the students as well as why Stennis Space Center was a good home for their company. Students were taken on a windshield tour of the $50 million outdoor jet engine test stand.
The full day came to a close at the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) where students learned how this Naval Special Warfare Command trains and educates foreign Special Operation Forces. The students were amazed to learn that the more than 11,500 students from 100 plus partner nations have graduated from this school since 1963.
The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy is the first and only county-wide youth leadership program in Hancock County, and is a program of The Hancock Resource Center. Moving forward, local community sponsorships are needed. Please consider sponsoring a session or making a general donation to support the ongoing operation of the Hancock Youth Leadership Academy. Invest in Hancock County’s future by cultivating its next generation of leaders: visit www.hancockhrc.org or call 228-463-8887 to learn how.
Picture #1 HYLA students pictured with Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 Flight Engine: Designated to be flown on a NASA Space Launch System (SLS) mission. 1st row: (left to right) Hannah Pitalo (OLA), Ahmia Khadaroo (Bay High), Harleigh Lafontaine (Hancock), Wallis Mortillaro (OLA), Isabelle Gelpi (OLA), Savannah Lafontaine (Hancock), and Blake Comeaux (Hancock).
2nd Row: Liam McKeon (Bay High), Marguerite Gelpi (OLA), Maleah Austin (Hancock), Katie Ingram (OLA), Taylor Slade (OLA), Kearsten Shaw (Hancock), Alexander Fuller (Saint Stanislaus), and Trace Rhodes (Saint Stanislaus).
3rd Row: Shelbe McColley (Bay High), Brenna Labyak (Bay High), Brianna Mitchell (Hancock), Kennady Hertz (OLA), Margaret Spencer White (OLA), and Alex Koons (Saint Stanislaus).