PRESS RELEASE: Indivisible Gainesville Partners with Black Men United and UF Chapter of LADIES for Backpack 2 Success

Back Pack 2 SuccessIndivisible Gainesville is proud to announce our partnership with Black Men United and the UF Chapter of L.A.D.I.E.S (Leadership-Advancement-Development-Involvement-Engagement-Service) as co-hosts of Backpack 2 Success on August 12th at the Faith Mission Community Center at 3701 NE 15th St. from 10am to 2pm. This event is also supported by the Alachua County Young Democrats.

Backpack 2 Success will distribute high-quality, stylish backpacks filled with school supplies to 150 children of all ages from the surrounding east Gainesville neighborhoods. Local barbers will give free haircuts to kids, just in time for back to school.

This event will feature motivational speaker, Dr. Vincent Adjeumo, UF Professor of African American Studies, music by DJ Stroka Fresh, a bounce house, a photobooth, as well as games and activities for kids of all ages. Adam’s Rib Company and DeConna Ice Cream have generously offered to provide food.

In addition to activities for children, attendees will have the opportunity to register to vote, discuss issues impacting east Gainesville communities, and learn more about these local community action groups. Join us at this fun-filled event and help to make a positive impact on our city!

Quotes from organizers:

“As adults we know that we must dress for success; the same thing applies for children and a backpack is an essential part of that. We would like to empower kids of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds to dress for success to feel confident and independent. Self-confidence plays a huge role in succeeding both in and out of the classroom. The Backpack 2 Success giveaway is about building a foundation based on self-confidence, independence, positivity, and commitment. We are just trying to do our part in our community to be the change we wish to see in our world.” -Marcus Thompson, co-founder and chief operations officer of Black Men United.

“As a student at UF, I know first-hand how important education is to a bright future. To be successful in the classroom, children must first have the necessary tools. The goal of Backpack 2 Success is to provide underprivileged children with those tools by giving them access to quality backpacks and school supplies. With this event, LADIES hopes to alleviate stress from parents and students so that they can focus on their education and not on affording school supplies. Last year’s event was a big success and this year we plan on helping many more people. Backpack 2 Success is our way of helping children start off the school year on the right foot.” -Moesha Manora, President of UF Chapter of LADIES

“Since its inception, Indivisible Gainesville has been dedicated to an intersectional, progressive movement. We aim to build bridges within the beautifully diverse Gainesville community by supporting organizations like Black Men United and UF Chapter of LADIES, who have been working to bring about positive change long before the creation of our organization. We will have a table at the event where attendees can share with us the issues impact them most. We want to connect with our neighbors and learn the ways we can work together to ensure that our elected local officials and members of congress represent the needs of all Gainesville citizens, especially the children.” -Jess Martini, Events Team Co-Lead, Indivisible Gainesville.


We hope to all of your shining faces on August 12th at the Faith Mission Community Center at 3701 NE 15th St. from 10am to 2pm.!


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