On August 24, 2019 Pack Your Back was proud to sponsor the Z92.7 8th Annual Back 2 School Rally which was also sponsored by Park Place Hair Studio. This event was held at the Park Place Hair Studio (4236 Miller Road Flint, MI 48507) from 11:00am until 2:00pm. “They have the same heart as my organization. Whatever there’s a need FILL it or help in anyway.” Said barber Dwayne Harrington Sr. who is the owner of Park Place Hair studio when we asked him why he decided to partner with Pack Your Back for this event.
This event was a fun day for kids K-12 to get haircuts or shampoo/styles, their nails polished, and backpack filled with school supplies! There were also hot dogs and drinks available throughout the day. “I knew when I was a little boy my mom couldn’t afford haircuts or school supplies, so I wanted to give to kids K-12 and help them and their parents” said Dwayne Harrington Sr. when we asked him why he decided to organize this event.
At the event they had 25 volunteers helping to pass out hotdogs, back packs, polishing nails, cutting hair, or assisting in any capacity that was needed. They ended up giving over 60 services and 150 Back packs filled with school supplies! “Seeing the smiles on the children faces when they received their hair service and back packs.” Dwayne Harrington Sr. said when we asked him what his favorite part of the event was.
“To be the genuinely lending hand to people in need.” Dwayne Harrington Sr. said when ended with the question, why are events like this important to the community? We couldn’t agree more with what Dwayne had to say! Overall, this event is a great way to lend a genuine had to families in need. Keep up the good work and keep lending your hands out to families in need!
The Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village (SBEV) is happy to announce 3 different events occuring on September 7th, 2019. The following events will be happening on this day:
Village Market Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - 11:30am-12:00pm
Village Market is a partnership between Flint Fresh and SBEV to provide a mobile, fresh fruit and vegetable market in the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village. The market offers free and reduced, locally sourced fresh fruit and veggies and accepts double up food bucks, EBT, cash and credit. The Village Market was funded by The Community Foundation of Greater Flint by way of Toyota’s: Neighborhood Revitalization Program Fund. The market will be in open on the 7th from 11:00am-3:00pm. Speakers at this event include, Congressman Dan Kildee, SBEV Executive Director - Maryum Rasool, Flint Fresh Executive Director - Cheryl McHallam & a representative from the Greater Flint Community Foundation.
Waterbox Grand Opening - 12:00pm-1:00pm
SBEV is receiving the 2nd Waterbox donated to Flint by way of Jaden Smith’s non-profit “501cTHREE.” This specific Waterbox was sponsored by Kindhumans. Representatives from both of these entities will be present and will highlight the partnership and mission behind both of their initiatives. Jaden Smith, 501cTHREE & Kindhumans will be accepting questions from Flint area youth. During the one hour time frame, speakers will include, Rapper/singer/songwriter and environmental activist Jaden Smith, 501cTHREE - Drew Fitzgerad, The Last Kilometer and 501cTHREE - Jaron Rothkop, Flint area legend/public figure & SBEV Program Coordinator - Linnell Jones-McKenney, CEO of Kindhumans - Justin Wilkenfeld & COO of Kindhumans - Marcelo Bengoechea.
Pack Your Back Backpack Giveaway (open to public) - 1:00pm-3:00pm
Pack Your Back is supplying backpacks full of school supplies to the first 150 students from the community that come to SBEV between 1pm and 3pm. Founder and Executive Director of Pack Your Back - Galen Miller will be on site and helping pass out the backpacks.
About the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village
SBEV provides young people of Flint a space to learn, lead, and invest not only in their individual development but also the redevelopment of the region. SBEV is an IRS-approved 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and is located at the former Dewey school building, which has been rehabilitated and is currently being upgraded to house a wide array of programming in academics, athletic, and creative arts for youth in the north Flint area. Our campus has more than 62,000 square feet of devoted space that is exclusively dedicated to the developmental needs of Flint's at-risk youth population.
Kindhumans is a positive movement of respect, understanding, and small conscious decisions with a big positive impact. We are building a community based on these ideals. As citizens and consumers, we are more empowered with choice than ever before. At the same time, we have less trust in the products we consume and the companies that make them. We want to make the right choices, but in order to do that we need accurate information. The Kindhumans movement aims to inform and simplify consumer decision. Together, through our purchasing power, we can change the status quo and demand alternatives for a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle.
About the Waterbox
Water Box is a mobile water filtration system that uses proven methods to reduce heavy metals like lead and eliminate harmful bacteria from the water producing ten gallons a minute. We designed it to be rugged, portable, easy to use and serviced. It was designed using proven, certified parts to conduct a four stage filtration process designed to filter out several types of heavy metals, sediments and bacteria.
About Pack Your Back
Pack Your Back is committed to enhancing the educational experience for underprivileged students by giving them the tools and resources needed to succeed in the classroom.
On August 10th, Pack Your Back will be hosting its 4thAnnual Flint School Supply Distribution from 10 - 1 PM at the Mott Community College Event Center. Backpacks and school supplies will be available to students on a first come, first serve basis and students must be present to receive support.
“We want to make sure students in the Flint, Michigan area are able to start off the school year on the right path. By providing these basic resources, we are able to do just that!” - Galen Miller, Executive Director of Pack Your Back.
Pack Your Back was created by Central Michigan University students who decided they wanted to be hands on in helping the younger generation succeed. Since the organizations launch, over 25,000 students have received support from the organization in Flint, Michigan and beyond.
Since early 2019, Pack Your Back has been hosting water distributions at the Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan. Nearly 3,375 families have been able to receive access to clean water due to these water distributions.
On August 3rd, Pack Your Back added another resource to the water distributions to make it easier for the residents that have been affected by the ongoing water crisis. Over 250 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to students who attended the distribution to allow them to go back to school prepared. As we all know, education is the key to success and if a student doesn’t have the resources needed to be successful, they can’t be.
“We want to make getting access to school supplies as easy as possible.” - Galen Miller, Executive Director of Pack Your Back
If you are in need of water and school supplies, be sure to attend one of the following events:
School Supply Distribution: August 10th@ 10 AM - Mott Community College
Water & School Supply Distribution: August 10th@ 11AM - Prince of Peace
Pack Your Back would like to thank the Mott Community College Pipeline 2 Promise program for volunteering with the organization. This group of 25+ students assisted the organization in cleaning and organizing the Pack Your Back storage units on August 2nd. The students included in this program represent Carman-Ainsworth Schools, Bentley Schools, and Beecher Schools.
The Pipeline 2 Promise program was created to provide coaching at all levels of k-12 education to foster an environment that educates students on the positive outcomes of postsecondary education.
Thank you for all of the help!
On July 27th, Pack Your Back distributed 260 backpacks filled with school supplies at the Fresh Flint Festival that took place at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint, Michigan. Josie Born, Assistant Director of Pack Your Back, stated that the event went over well and that it was great to see so many students getting the resources they need to be successful in the classroom.
The Fresh Flint Festival is a two-day event filled with fun activities to support Flint residents while promoting fitness and healthy living as a means to mitigate the effects of lead poisoning.
Stay tuned to packyourback.org for updates on future events!