Emerald Youth Foundation is PBPA topic

Sandra ClarkFeature, Powell

Powell businesspeople heard from a ministry just down the road as representatives from Emerald Youth Foundation spoke at the April meeting.

Haylee Marshall, vice president of advancement, and Sanford Miller, corporate partnerships officer, described the ministry’s work.


Reynolds said at least half of the youth in our city do not have a mentor, coach, tutor or youth worker, yet “relationships are key.” Emerald Youth Foundation has nine church partners that offer faith-based after-school programming including academic tutoring.

She touched briefly on the Emerald Academy, a K-8 public charter school in Mechanicsville, saying, “We had eight applications for every opening.”

Sanford Miller of Emerald Youth Foundation.

Miller said Emerald wants to triple the number of volunteers by 2027.

In other PBPA news:

  • Dr. Shana Sparks, membership chair, announced 126 members to date with hopes for 150 by year’s end.
  • Austin White, communications chair, distributed directories printed by 1 Source Printing.
  • Laura Bailey, events chair, said Food City donated 1,285 hot dogs and buns for the Easter egg hunt at Powell Station Park. The event drew 18 sponsors and about 800 kids.
  • Clyde Woods, education chair, is eager to discuss with teachers and principals ways PBPA can get involved with schools.
  • Justin Bailey, Enhance Powell chair, said county inmates have been trained to remove obstructions from Beaver Creek and he expects the creek to be cleared from the interstate to Clinton Highway before summer.
  • Dr. Don Wegener announced the annual Travis Wegener Car Show, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Mustang Club, will be Saturday, Aug. 11, at Powell High School. He is looking for sponsors at $200 each.
  • Kelly Lohman announced that BeeHive of Knoxville, available for 16 residents in homestyle assisted living, will be opening on Beaver Creek Drive in mid-May.
  • Captain Jim Wright, who heads the Sheriff’s Office North Precinct, invited everyone to a party in the parking lot of the Rural King shopping center in Halls, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. He expects a helicopter landing, K-9s, and emergency equipment for kids and adults to explore.

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