I had the honor of being a guest speaker for Train Them Up for Success CDC this summer (2020). What a pleasure it was to be a part of a program that, in all honesty, I wish I could have participated in as a young girl. Participants have the unique opportunity to learn about college, numerous career options, fitness, and outdoor and nature. This program also continues to excel in reducing STEAM disparities. The founders of this wonderful program have a heart to serve the community, and the lives they change will have a long-lasting, positive impact on our overall society.
Margo and Jelyse provide supportive, educational and fun opportunities for young people. They not only support our community but are inclusive for all students.
I am fortunate that my 3 children are able to know them and learn from their expertise.
Train Them Up has been making an impact in Eastern NC for years. As a volunteer popping in and out since 2015, I have seen growth in their reach and success without compromising the mission to serve the community and children that live there
The Dawsons are committed to helping others. It shows up in all that they do for their communities, and in what they do for and through the church. Both Lin and Margo have a heart for young people, and the JH Sampson Community Development Corporation, Inc. is devoted to creating opportunities to help tomorrow's leaders gain and refine the skills and knowledge they need to grow and thrive.
As a Lenoir County Public Schools professional, I had the privilege of working with this organization first hand this 2018-2019 school year, although I had heard about the organization and the good opportunities they were providing our community much earlier. I was contacted by Mrs. Dawson with a wonderful opportunity for a select group of middle and high school students to attend the NCA&T University Women in Science and Technology Luncheon. She did a great job of contacting the university to ask for additional numbers of students to attend and arranged an extra campus tour for our young women. She visited our schools and met with our participants to give them an Etiquette training to prepare them for the big event. Our young ladies were encouraged by Mrs. Dawson and her daughter, a young professional herself, was in attendance. Mrs. Dawson prepared goody bags and made sure several of our young ladies had one-on-one conversations with the speaker and university representatives to help them accomplish their goals. She continued follow up with our attendees and their teachers to offer more opportunities. Currently we are looking at a summer workshop opportunity with Mrs. Dawson. JH Sampson Community Development serves many community needs, but has a special emphasis on our youth. This comes from the strong support Mr. Lin Dawson, co-founder, received as a youth in Lenoir County. We are thankful he is giving back to bring others these same opportunities he was afforded.
When I first came to JH Sampson I was astounded at how much support the community around it gave. Then after being involved, I began to understand that people are drawn to the love that the Dawson family has for the children and town. I never went into the center dreading helping because all of the activities were engaging and fun. This is one of the only places that is a safe haven for all who come in.