It looks like school and part of the time, it is. But it is a summer enrichment program that goes far beyond the three R's.
"Our main goal is to show the area and the state of Mississippi that there is a dire need for this type of program for our children because so often they are overlooked and in the school system, they don't get the stability and the foundation that's required to be productive and effective citizens. So our overall goal is to make better citizens and better young people going back into the school system next year," St. Paul Outreach Center Chrystal Neal said.
St. Paul Missionary Baptist's non-profit agency won a rare $30,000 grant from the state of Mississippi to host the Summer program.
It is outreach designed for 16 and 17 year olds. Classmates of Terrell Richmond, the youngster killed last week who was a church member.
"I've been here 19 years. I've never experienced anything like this. So I'm praying that we never have to do it again. But after prayer, you have to do something," Rev. Andrew Cheairs of St. Paul Missionary said.
The program is from 7:30 am until 4 pm for eighty teens. Food for body and soul, financial empowerment training, character development, and time for fun.
After the stunning death of Terrell Richmond, the St. Paul Missionary Baptist community said they know they must be more aggressive in spreading their message beyond their church campus.