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Senior Jillian Bishop '18 Empowers Students at Kansas Elementary and High Schools
Posted 04/12/2018 06:00AM

By Camille Spurlock '18

Last month senior Jillian Bishop '18 of Clinton, Maryland, traveled to Salina, Kansas with her group, the Kiamsha Youth Empowerment Program. The Kiamsha Youth Epowerment Program was founded by Dorothy F. Bailey an active leader in Prince George's County. The word Kiamsha is Swahili for, "that which awakens me."  The program strives to build character and leadership for the youth in the D.C. area and other states in the country. They strive to inspire the young people today and they certainly are!

In this trip, Jillian and her team members presented skits to Kansas elementary and high school students about being "enslaved vs. slaved."  It was explained during the presentation that being enslaved meant that your freedom and the decisions you make were not up to you; to be slaved meant you have the choice to make your own decisions. In this particular skit (see Jillian in picture here), Jillian acted out how she chose to become a slave to smoking when she saw her best friend doing it. At the end, Jillian urged the students not be a slave to the modern day slave masters, which can be things like drugs, pre-marital sex, or violence. 

"It didn't hit home until I went to Kansas and spoke to those students what an impact we have had on their lives!" she reminisced about her trip. 

Jillian definitely is striving to inspire minds and hearts - nice job!

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