Youth organization hosts conference, invites five guest authors

On June 1, Youth Advocacy and Resource Network (YARN) hosted Bridging the Generation Gap at the Mayflower Community and Senior Center. The exceptional program not only gives young people the resources they need to thrive but also encourages them to excel. Berthenia Gill founded the nonprofit in 1985. She passed the leadership torch to her daughter, Maria Hoskins, earlier this year.

At the event, a panel of experts spoke about mental health, victims and community service, juveniles in the justice system, life beyond high school, “having it,” financial literacy and bullying. The professionals rotated from table to table, sharing information and allowing students a chance to ask questions.

The experts were Antonio Jamison, Cherese Jones, Claudia Fountain, the Hon. Marion Humphrey, Jacqueline Wright, Henry Kimbrough, Ron McAdoo, Patrick Presley, Wesley Peters, Akire Williamson and Kamille Mohler.

They also provided free health screenings, and an insurance agency was there to help navigate Medicare or other insurance needs.

Anyone wishing to volunteer or donate to YARN may do so at or contact its director at 501.336.4726 or [email protected].