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(L-R): Jameson Cummings, Jeremiah Bazell, Zynia Hunt, Kimora Henderson, Dominic Mimbang, Angela Joiner, Katrina Grantham, Coach Mike Coe, Brody Grantham, Joana Mazariegos, Jalene Debro, and Kiran Reddy. Submitted photo (L-R): Jameson Cummings, Jeremiah Bazell, Zynia Hunt, Kimora Henderson, Dominic Mimbang, Angela Joiner, Katrina Grantham, Coach Mike Coe, Brody Grantham, Joana Mazariegos, Jalene Debro, and Kiran Reddy.
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At the Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council (DMYC) meeting in February, the council recognized Angela Joiner as the outstanding community leader for the month. The special guest speaker was Coffee High School’s head football coach Mike Coe.



The Youth Council Jr. Commissioner Brody Grantham was recognized for this month’s Youth Council spotlight. Brody is the son of Samuel and Camilla Grantham. He is in the 9th grade at George Washington Carver Freshman Campus, where he is on track to graduate with Honors. In addition to being an active member of the Youth Council and Teen Court, Brody is also a scholar athlete with a 4.0 GPA. He plays defensive line for Coffee High School. After graduating, he plans to attend college, play football and pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine.



The Youth Council chose Angela Joiner as the Outstanding Community Leader Spotlight for February. Ms. Joiner was recognized for her outstanding service as an exceptional educator for over 18 years. She has a Specialist Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and teaches Honors World History at George Washington Carver Freshman Campus. Ms. Joiner was applauded for her encouragement and availability to be there for students displaying she truly cares for all her students.



Jr. Commissioner Brody Grantham chose Coach Coe as the special guest speaker. Coach Coe spoke to the group about being active in youth sports and programs. Coach Coe believes in touching the lives of his players as he interacts daily with them through guidance and encouragement. He hopes his students choose to be “significant over being successful” and hopes as they graduate school they will make an impact on others.



DMYC Coordinator Dinitra Williams spoke briefly with the group about upcoming volunteer opportunities with the Keep Douglas Beautiful Committee. AYM Founder Mike Bazell, gave a wrap-up report about their February project “Pumpin Love Back Into the Community.” AYM members randomly pumped gas for women at Circle K on Valentine’s Day and gave out gifts and words of encouragement.



An organizer of the Black Business and Organizations Expo, Dominic Mimbang (GWCFC Student and FBLA Member), presented information about the event and invited all to attend to see the various African-American-owned businesses and organizations showcased for the community. The event will be held on February 24, 3 PM, at the JD Murrary Gymnasium located at 1020 S. Gaskin Avenue. Following Mr. Mimbang, Mayor Tony Paulk spoke briefly about Black History Month and what it has meant to him to be the first African American Mayor of Douglas. He urged the council to always be vigilant in career and life goals to achieve their full potential to become leaders of the community.



The next Mayor’s Youth Council will be held on March 21, 2023, at 6 pm at the Youth Center. The public is invited to attend Youth Council meetings. For more details on the Youth Council or Teen Court program, please contact Dinitra Williams, Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council & Teen Court Coordinator, at (912) 331-9398 or call the City Clerk’s office at (912) 389-3405.

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