Local student wins 2014 statewide leadership oratorical contest

By Andreal Huffman
Public Information Officer SC Assoc. of Com. Action Partnerships, Inc.

Over 100 Community Action youth, youth professionals, community leaders, mentors and business leaders came together for the sixth annual Statewide Youth Leadership Oratorical Forum & Banquet, which was held on Saturday, December 20, at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center, 200 Stoneridge Drive in Columbia. This event was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event was hosted by the South Carolina

Jessica McMoore is the Association of Community Action Partnerships, Inc. (SCACAP) Executive Director.

The theme was “Speaking Out Loud.” The purpose of the banquet was to empower youth through strengthening their communicative and emotional skills, and increase self-confidence through public speaking.

Dominquie Walters is the 2014 Statewide Leadership Oratorical Winner representing Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council (EOC), Inc. He presented a very passionate speech entitled “The Streets” which address issues that affect his community. He is an outgoing young man. He is a full-time student at Williamsburg Technical College in Kingstree. In addition, Dominquie enjoys dancing, acting and helping others in his community.

Waccamaw EOC is one of 14 Community Action Agencies in the state of South Carolina. Waccamaw EOC serves Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties. James L. Pasley, Jr. is the executive director.

Guest judges for this event were: Donna Williams, community relations manager, BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid of SC; Eric Gluse, investment officer, BB&T Bank; Laura Hall, vice president of risk management services, First Sun Employee Assistance Program (EAP); David Harrell, co-founder, Insurance Advantage and Duane Cooper, executive director, SC House Democratic Caucus.

SCACAP’s Executive Director Jessica McMoore welcomed all of the attendees and shared with them the purpose of the event. “Developing our Leaders of Tomorrow, One Day and Youth at a time,” quoted Ms. McMoore.

The mission of the SCACAP Statewide Youth Leadership Program (YLP) is to provide income eligible elementary, middle, and high school students with the educational opportunities that target individual improvements in academic, behavioral, and social achievement, career exploration and civic responsibility. SCACAP sponsor many events for the Youth of South Carolina to include a Statewide Leadership Conference, the Development of a Statewide Youth Council, Youth Awareness Day and the Youth Institute for Empowerment. This event was a collaborative venture between the SC Association of Community Action Partnerships and the SC Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity.

The South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships is a Statewide Non-Profit Organization that strives to develop and advocate for programs to promote self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life for those in need in South Carolina.

For more information, visit the website at www.SCACAP.org or call their information line at 1-888-771-9404.