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Train Them Up for Success CDC Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Our mission is to rebuild, reclaim, and restore futures through education, health, and social programs impacting communities.

Results: Results began years prior to securing our nonprofit status with the IRS. The leadership team's years of experience in successful classroom instruction, diversity training, business and community partnerships, and law enforcement consulting paved the way to train people up for success. In 2013, Dr. J Lin Dawson returned to his hometown in Eastern North Carolina to launch a Boys Saturday Academy with the support of long-time coach/mentor/community leader Coley Little and a group of committed men, some of who grew up in housing developments with Lin. Margo Dawson, a former high school teacher, and community relations consultant grabbed the baton and closed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) in rural Eastern North Carolina from 2014 - 2017 partnering with Lenovo, NASA, Lenoir County Public Schools, Lenoir County Parks and Recreation, NSBE Jr., John Deere, Century Link, John Deere, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, NC State University, East Carolina State University, & local businesses and private donors from around the country.   Programming extended to the local community with a partnership with NC State University's Extension division to train youth how to plant and harvest produce & plants at the Kinston Community Children's Garden. The nonprofit organization was awarded a State Employee Teaching Fellow from East Carolina University to assist with the Saturday Math Lab for middle and high school students and with the Friends in Ministry Collaboration, the Rochelle After School Tutoring Program. As part of the mission statement, increasing health is integrated into all programs led by Fusion Fitness by Jelyse. Examples included 2015, 2016, and 2017 fitness classes for registered student participants and the community. Another result of setting SMART goals and pursuing the mission is responding to social issues like gang violence, bullying, and community engagement. The organization's leadership led community forums and training with local and state-wide groups to accomplish this goal. In addition, another mission goal is increasing career awareness for economic opportunity. This began in 2016 and continued through 2019 with invitations to the NCA&T University Women in Science & Technology events and exposure to a diverse group of industry leaders. Despite the 2020 pandemic, TTUS earned A GUIDESTAR GOLD SEAL. Our COVID Relief programs for K-12 students included the Online Story Time & Science Episodes, Nature Adventures, and the 2020 Girls Fit to Soar Virtual Camps gaining ABC News coverage. Our 2021 vision is a focus on career mentoring. Most of our students who began our programs in elementary school are about to go to college. Some are about to graduate. Join Train Them Up for Success in getting them all "work" ready using their skills and strengths.

Target demographics: Our mission is to restore broken lives, rebuild our community, and reclaim our future. The goal of this program is to increase school success, citizenship, and health by integrating community gardening activities, science, math, and mentoring to increase conflict management and decision making.

Direct beneficiaries per year: TTUS partnered with Lenoir County Public Schools and Girls Scouts to take students to the NCA&T University's Women in Technology Luncheon & College Tour. We also, with a grant from the American Tower Foundation, set the stage for our E-Learning program which galvanized career coaches in 2020.

Geographic areas served: North Carolina providing resources to all.

Programs: Career development, STEM camps, Boys Mentoring Academy, Girls Sowing Seeds to Success, Anti-Violence and Bullying Forums, Law Enforcement Collaborative Project, Sexual Abuse Prevention Training, Fitness with Yoga and Sports, College Connections and Community Development

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since 2014, this non-profit has helped youth to identity their strengths, explore careers, and learn about college. We partnered with them to bring fitness to youth in urban and rural communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Natalie Bullock B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.