|All Lives Matter Workshop presented by Louisiana State Trooper James Jefferson.|
|SU Ag Center Family & Youth Expo 2016 Talent Show participant Jomarion Tate.|
Baton Rouge, LA – On June 16, thirty students from Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes traveled to the Southern University Ag Center to participate in the 2016 Family & Youth Exposition. This three-day educational, but fun filled experience brought nearly 450 youth from around the state of Louisiana. This year’s Expo was themed, “Always Seeking Knowledge (A.S.K.).”
On June 17, many youth participants were engaged in a 50 minute workshop conducted by Louisiana State Trooper, James Jefferson. Students were presented with scenarios and discussed the proper ways to deescalate a hostile environment during routine traffic stops. Jefferson also provided youth with the proper chain of command when filing complaints for unlawful treatment.
The evening concluded with a talent show, featuring over ten acts. For the very first time Tangipahoa Parish's, Jomarion Tate of Kentwood, La. wowed the crowd as he performed a liturgical dance to Jessica Reedy’s gospel hit single, “Better.”
“I’m very thankful for community leaders stepping in to make the Family & Youth Expo possible. Former Mayor and NFL player Michael Jackson of Tangipahoa Parish; the Town of Kentwood’s Mayor Irma Gordon along with the town’s council members Paul Stewart, Evelyn Williams, Gary Callihan and Terrell Hookfin; and Sheriff Nathaniel Williams of St. Helena Parish, were very instrumental in making sure that our children could get such a great experience,” said Nicolette Gordon, SU Ag Center Assistant Area Agent.
Students from both St. Helena and Tangipahoa are already making plans to attend next year’s Family & Youth Expo that is tentatively scheduled for June 15 -17, 2017.
For more information on youth programs in St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes, contact SU Ag Center Assistant Area Agent, Nicolette Gordon at 225.222.4136 or 985.748.9381.