On April 15th, 2016 In The Spirit Entertainment Foundation traveled to Los Angeles California to host a Youth Empowerment event at Jordan Downs Recreational Center located in the Watts neighborhood. Vice president of In The Spirit Entertainment Foundation Crystal Manning was the leader of the Youth Empowerment campaign. Miss Manning is also an American professional athlete (Triple Jump) with the USA Track and Field Team as a 2016 Olympic Ambassador. Miss Manning inspired the youth with great motivation and great tips of exercise along with a the help and collaboration of Olympic silver medalist of 1976 in the women’s long jump Kathy McMillan was also an array of sunshine at the youth empowerment event. Olympian Kathy McMillan empowered the youth with a fitness workshop with exercise and great motivation speaking. The Arts workshop was lead by Antoinette Titus, CEO of In The Spirit Entertainment. Denise Smith, CEO of House of Mini Desserts baked and served an array of delicious healthy desserts that she prepared and for the youth empowerment event. The Shields for Family partnered with In The Spirit Entertainment Foundation on assisting with the Jordan Downs public housing families and after school program to make the event a success. The workshops were strategically focused on youth development to improve self esteem and self awareness, through the workshops provided at the empowerment event.
The Shields for Family, The Shields since November 2011, SHIELDS has the lead agency for the Family 1st Program at the Jordan Downs public housing property providing on-site intensive home and center-based services for residents. Family 1st offers residents a one-stop center that provides a continuum of services that assist in enhancing and improving family functioning and well-being. This model was designed the principles and concepts of the Strengthening Families Framework and enhance child development. Their mission statement is “To develop, deliver and evaluate culturally sensitive, comprehensive service models that empower and advocate for high-risk families in South Los Angeles”.
In The Spirit Entertainment and In The Spirit Entertainment Foundation, Inc. empowered the Jordan Down Youths to move more with exercise, and sports at the fitness workshop. Learning to have great listening skills, critical thinking, and focus at the Arts workshop as well as healthy eating with the healthy desserts at the empowerment event. In The Spirit Entertainment Foundation mission statement ” Strives to improve overall health and wellness globally by increasing awareness of health-related issues, providing free health screenings, promoting proper diet and exercise, and improving literacy for both youths and adults. In the Spirit Entertainment Foundation is committed to improving overall health and wellness both nationally and internationally by partnering with organizations with a global vision to promote healthier lifestyles to help prevent potential health issues along with improving mental sharpness.