YSIA Meets Mr. Hill Harper
Several of Devereux Kids Youth Spring Into Action (YSIA) Teen Leadership Council members had to the opportunity to meet Mr. Hill Harper after a lecture and book signing at the University of South Florida. Every year one of the teen led service projects is sponsoring a team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Mr. Harper is a cancer survivor. He thanked the young ladies for the work they are doing in the fight against cancer. They were really inspired by the lecture and his amazing personality.
Sulphur Springs YSIA focus is to increase youth engagement, provide leadership development, community service projects and promote student success and educational advancement. The program focuses on educational advancement by increasing exposure to career exploration including tours to post-secondary and vocational institutions, as well as conducting workshops on college/career planning, career shadowing, tutoring and mentoring. The youth are given many other opportunities in the community to gain leadership skills.
The lecture was held January 22, 2014 at the University’s Marshall Center. Hill Harper, acclaimed actor and positive role model stated “I want young women and men to have knowledge of the things that can bring them true empowerment: education, a strong sense of purpose, compassion, confidence and humility.” Humanitarian, actor, author, health and wellness ambassador/educator and philanthropist, Hill Harper is most recognizable for his starring role in the hit television drama “CSI: NY,” where he played eccentric Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. During that time Harper won three NAACP Image Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Dr. Hawkes. He currently stars on USA Network’s Covert Affairs as CIA station chief Calder Michaels. Prior to CSI: NY, Harper co-starred as an ambitious undercover FBI operative on the CBS series. In August 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Hill Harper as a Member, President’s Cancer Panel; a key Administration post seeking to combat cancer and its devastating effects.