The Girls Are Back In Town!

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SAYM junior and senior high were forced to postpone meeting for Nov through Feb due to lack of leaders. God has provided two additional leaders and began meeting again in March. 10 to 14 girls are now meeting every Thursday evening at Macedonia Baptist Church and enjoying lessons, food, and fellowship. Thank you to our leaders Katrina, Seanlay, and Jaeda.


Taevon and fellow JROTC member. Justice.

Taevon (right) and fellow JROTC member and SAYM mentee. Justice.

Taevon Miller, a mentee who is a member of the East Community Learning Center  Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)  program, for the second time in a year, has received another commendation for his leadership efforts.  On March 24, 2014, he was promoted from Cadet Second Lieutenant to the rank of Cadet First Lieutenant, making him the highest ranking officer in  his United States Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit.  According to the promotion certification issued to  him by Commander JE McClean, “This Officer will be therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the grade to which appointed by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto pertaining.  And, I do strictly charge require all personnel of lesser rank to render obedience as is due an officer  of this grade and position.  And this Officer is to observe and follow  such orders and directions as may be given from time to time by Superior Officers acting in accordance with the rules and articles governing the discipline of the United States Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training  Corps.   This commission is to continue in force for the time being under the provision of those regulations relating to officers of the United States Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and  the component  thereof in which this appointment is made.”  His performance and leadership have caused him to earn the trust of his commanding officers.  Previously, in November he was promoted four ranks from an enlisted man to an officer.  In March, he led his drill team to a second place finish in a multi-state JROTC event held at Garfield High School.

Taevon leads the drill team in a multi-state JROTC competition at Garfield High School.

Taevon leads the drill team in a multi-state JROTC competition at Garfield High School.

Taevon is not only active in the JROTC program, but also is an active member of the East Community Learning Center Student Council.  Our  prayer is that he will continue to be an overcomer and strive to be all that he can be.

Taevon heads up the drill team.

Taevon heads up the drill team.



Sian Cotton poses with mentees after talking about the importance of getting an education.

As a part of  SAYM's ongoing mission to get mentees to  "AIM"  for academic excellence and to stay in school, on Tuesday, April 25, 2014, Sian Cotton, a former basketball and football star at St. Vincent-St. Mary High school (and friend and high … [Continue reading]

4th Annual Golf Scramble


Dear SAYM supporter, South Akron Youth Mentorship requests the honor of your presence at our Fourth Annual Golf Event to be held on Monday June 16th at Ohio Prestwick Country Club. Sponsorship and Registration Form The SAYM vision "to break … [Continue reading]

Saymmy Girls Go Skating

Elem Girls RS Event 2-22-14

Fifteen 4th and 5th grade girls enjoyed a roller skating event on Saturday Feb 22 which was hosted by Child Evangelism Fellowship. The girls enjoyed free skate time, shooting baskets for a free drink, and some snacks. CEF shared the gospel clearly … [Continue reading]

HS Boys Get Drilled at YBPC Event

HS Boys at YBPC event H 2-17-14

Six high school boys attended the "Shoot Basketballs, Not People" event held on Monday February 17 at Buchtel High School. The boys were drilled in basketball fundamentals by 12 adults from Young Black Professional Coalition and EBA Hoops. Individual … [Continue reading]



  Taevon Miller, a  junior at East Community Learning Center, is a member of the school's  US Marine Corps' Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC).  In November,  in recognition of his leadership and performance, he was promoted  from … [Continue reading]



Earlier this month SAYM spent  a Tuesday evening recognizing several  young men who have committed themselves to focusing on the attainment of academic success.  The AIM (Academic Incentives for Mentees) which has been in operation for almost two … [Continue reading]

Waving The SAYM Flag

Mr Don CW B 1-15-14

One of the responsibilities for the Leadership Team of SAYM is to engage the public about who we are and what we are about. We take the opportunity to share SAYM in our daily circles of life, but we also seek out speaking engagements at churches, … [Continue reading]

Attending Mentee Activities

Mr.Vince and Mr. Don recently attended a 9th grade boys basketball game to watch three mentees play. William is shooting free throws as JJ creeps in at the 3 point line and Stephen rests on the bench. Both William and JJ have been selected to … [Continue reading]