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Villager Awards 2017, May 27, 2017 > The Village Of Mentors
The Village Of Mentors
Held at The California Endowment Conference Center on September 11, 2008 -- Sep 24, 2008 -- Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s' advisor Dr. Lovene Knight RN facilitated the "Village of Mentors” discussion of possibilities for making a difference in reducing health disparities in African American and African Diaspora Immigrant populations. Participating in the afternoon strategy discussions were Dorothy Paynes RN, MPH a retired nurse residing in San Jose, California; Carla Yarbrough, Assistant professor, Department of Journalism, CSULB and Executive Producer Ten-Out-Of-Ten Productions; Charles Wade, Co-Chairperson Long Beach Youth and Gang Prevention Programs; and Brenda Henderson RN. Ms. Paynes was one of the early African-Americans to earn a BSN from CSULB, and later to earn an MPH at UCLA. She has been a life coach and mentor to many persons and an advocate for good health practices in her community. At age 75 she became the first life member of the “Girlfriend's Club," a networking and support group for young women as they maneuver their way through adulthood. Ms. Yarbrough is the only African-American professor in the Department of Journalism at CSULB and as such is often sought out by students. Mr. Wade has often been referred to as "the pied piper of Long Beach" as he provides leadership by example and life coaching to youth. Mr. Wade often says that "all youth have promise, they just need opportunity." Brenda Henderson RN has always been interested in mentoring and in making a difference. Retirement has now provided her with the opportunity to move forth into proactive mentoring for the long haul. The first Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s “Village of Mentors” group was held at The California State University Dominguez Hills, School of Nursing Conference room in 2005, as a project hosted by Psi Eta Chapter, Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc. To learn more about the Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s and the "Village of Mentors" email villageprojects@aol.com