Strength in steps: Walk, Youth Explosion to benefit at-risk, troubled teens
by Sally Litchfield
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The third annual His Hands Youth Connections Walk 2 Save Our Youth & Youth Explosion will take place Aug. 2 at 8:30 a.m. in Marietta. His Hands Youth Connections has played a major role in the walk and has steered many Cobb County youth to productive and valuable activities. The program promotes positive values, healthy habits and education. Several organizers and youth involved with His Hands prepared for the event with the construction of a banner. They include, from left, Shabazz Woodard; Denitra Gaines of Beautiful Me Consulting & Empowerment Group; Ebony Watkins; Shawn Blunt, partner in Cobb CNA School and Cobb Medical Institute; Chyna Woodard; Catrina Green, founder of Cobb CNA School; Santana Palmer; Darron White; and Devontae Black-Johnston. <br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
The third annual His Hands Youth Connections Walk 2 Save Our Youth & Youth Explosion will take place Aug. 2 at 8:30 a.m. in Marietta. His Hands Youth Connections has played a major role in the walk and has steered many Cobb County youth to productive and valuable activities. The program promotes positive values, healthy habits and education. Several organizers and youth involved with His Hands prepared for the event with the construction of a banner. They include, from left, Shabazz Woodard; Denitra Gaines of Beautiful Me Consulting & Empowerment Group; Ebony Watkins; Shawn Blunt, partner in Cobb CNA School and Cobb Medical Institute; Chyna Woodard; Catrina Green, founder of Cobb CNA School; Santana Palmer; Darron White; and Devontae Black-Johnston.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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Lace up your shoes for His Hands Youth Connections Third Annual Walk 2 Save Our Youth & Youth Explosion on Aug. 2.

The walk begins at JR Crickets parking lot at 2667 Powder Springs Road in Marietta and ends at Tramore Park.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., with a breakfast and prayer at 7:30 a.m. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. sharp. The cost is $10.

Following the walk from 1 to 5 p.m., the Third Annual Youth Explosion takes place at Sweetwater Park at 2447 Clay Road in Austell. There will be entertainment, prizes, free food, free school supplies, and free haircuts and hairdos.

“His Hands Youth Connections is an outreach program for at-risk youth. The program helps pregnant teens, troubled youth and other children that need direction,” said 17-year-old Chyna Woodard, a Powder Springs resident who attends programs provided by the non-profit volunteer outreach program.

His Hands provides a variety of services such as youth intervention, life skills workshops, service learning projects and recreational opportunities.

“I got involved not because I was in trouble but because I wanted to do better things and get my life back together,” said Woodard, who is a student at Grace Christian Academy in Hiram.

Founder Catrina Green mentored Woodard, helping her to find better direction for her life.

“Ever since I joined it, I have stayed out of trouble. It kept me focus. It’s just good,” she said.

Woodard said Green started His Hands Youth Connections because of her experience with gang members in 2011 who attacked Green’s children at a birthday party. Green wanted to press charges but gang members came to her home threatening that if she pressed charges they would shoot her house.

“She just wanted something to be done about it,” Woodard said.

His Hands Youth Connections provides hope.

“The work of His Hands is important because at this current time we’re losing young men and women to the streets. In the past two weeks, 15 youth have been killed. We want to get everyone off the street and show them there’s a better way,” she said.

“The community should support the walk because it’s for a good cause. Every one of all ages is invited. We’re doing it because we care about everyone. We just hope everyone will come out and support us,” Woodard said.

For more information, call (678) 428-7292, email hhyc@ymail.com or visit hhyc.biz/index.html.

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