Local foundation celebrates 20 years of helping at-risk youth

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By Jamal Thomas

Montgomery, AL- The Second Chance Foundation 20th Anniversary “A Night of Inspiration” Gala was last night at the RSA Activity Center. Alabama State University President Dr. Quinton Ross, Jr. was the keynote speaker.

“We provide services that help youth redirect their lives and enable them to return to the public school system and be productive students” said David Pinnock, Chairman of the Board.

Executive Director Tonya Barkum said that dedicated staff, community support, and volunteers have all helped them to thrive over the years. “I am looking forward to serving the community for another twenty years.”

In his address, Dr. Ross shared how he has dedicated his life to helping young people. He told the audience that we have the to be the key that unlocks the potential in our youth. “We all should be eager to be part of an organization like this. Sometimes a second chance is the only chance that our youth may have.”

Rebecca Morris, Dr. Helen Kitchens, and Justice William B. Sellers were recognized as honorees. ALFA Insurance Company, Alabama Power Company, and Servis 1st Band sponsored the event.

The mission of the Second Chance Foundation is to provide quality therapeutic services to the most at-risk youth in our area – those expelled or otherwise excluded from the educational mainstream – in order to address the underlying emotional, social, behavioral, academic and family problems that threaten their ability to lead positive, productive lives. For more information call (334) 263-9733.

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