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Reading: 19-Year-Old Mayor Jaylen Smith Honored at Rainbow Push 33rd Annual MLK Celebration
Reading: 19-Year-Old Mayor Jaylen Smith Honored at Rainbow Push 33rd Annual MLK Celebration

19-Year-Old Mayor Jaylen Smith Honored at Rainbow Push 33rd Annual MLK Celebration

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19-Year-Old Mayor Jaylen Smith Honored at Rainbow Push 33rd Annual MLK Celebration
19-Year-Old Mayor Jaylen Smith Honored at Rainbow Push 33rd Annual MLK Celebration

Earle City’s youngest mayor, Jaylen Smith, was recently honored at the Rainbow Push 33rd Annual MLK Celebration in Chicago, IL. The 19-year-old mayor was presented the award, coming to represent Earle City. Smith shared his gratitude on Facebook, offering praise to God for the blessing and opportunity to participate in such a powerful event.

In his post on his Facebook account, Smith stated that he was “beyond grateful and blessed to be living my dream!” He expressed his gratitude for the recognition he received and for the influence he has been able to make in his community. Smith is thankful for the chance to be an example to other young people, showing that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.

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The Rainbow Push event was one of many events Smith has attended in the past year, many of which focused on celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a fitting tribute for an African-American mayor. Smith has been a role model for his generation, promoting achievements and diversity. Smith wants to continue to serve as an example to his peers, and to inspire them to work to make their dreams come true.

Mayor Smith is truly honored to have been recognized and celebrated by the Rainbow Push 33rd Annual MLK Celebration. He plans on continuing to serve his community and making strides to ensure that Earle City is the best it can be.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.