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KRL’s annual B4 youth program set for this week

May 21, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON — Registration is open for Team KRL’s ninth annual B4 (Be strong, Be positive, Be ready, Believe) youth program, a free, two-day program next month for middle and high school students aimed at helping them set goals for their lives.

The program will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 25-26, at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m. each day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The free event is for sixth-through 11th-graders from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. More than 80 students participated in 2017.

The B4 program will include workshops and interactive team building activities designed to encourage, motivate and educate youths to help them make a difference and reach their full potential. The activities stress the importance of education, having people skills, goal setting, and achievement through hard work and dedication.

Last year’s program consisted of several activities including a workshop on how to handle police traffic stops. Through different scenarios, Lt. Dan Underwood and officer Andre Jackson of the Huntington Police Department explained the dos and don’ts when being stopped by police.

The girls participated in a workshop led by St. Mary’s Medical Center educator Amy Browning and Angela Henderson-Bentley about the importance of living healthy at an early age and were introduced to the St. Mary’s Total Woman program.

The kids participated in an educational on-campus scavenger hunt with students from Marshall as well.

Cabell County Schools will allow students to miss school that Friday as an excused absence, as the B4 program is an educational activity.

Team KRL is made up of three men from the Huntington High School Class of 1990 — Shannon King, Duane Rankin and Chris Layne — who want to help kids from Huntington schools realize their environment doesn’t dictate their future.

To apply or for more information, visit the website at www.teamkrl2010.com or a school counselor.