Inner city youth visit nation's Capitol - - Jackson, MS

Inner city youth visit nation's Capitol

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Every summer, parents plan vacations that take their children across the country, but some children, many in the inner city, don't get those opportunities.

But one Jackson church holds fundraisers, throughout the year, to take their youth to places they've never been.

"These are things that normally these children, some of these children wont be able to do, but we want to make it possible," said the Children's Ministry Director at Greater Bethlehem Temple Church.

Thirty children from the church will board a bus Sunday night for a trip to Washington DC.

The Children's Ministry will be visiting the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial and the Fredrick Douglas House.

"Every time we go we have fun and learn new things," said 15-year-old Shameria Cattenhead.

This will be the Jim Hill High School student's fourth trip with the church.

"I would like to go on this trip because I've never been to the United States Capitol and I think it's gonna be fun, and I'm gonna learn a lot of new things," said Cattenhead.

She isn't the only one looking forward to touring the nation's Capitol.

"It's gonna be pretty fun. I'm really excited," said 7-year-old Jordyn Pollard. "The last three years, it's been cool, fun. It's been great." 

It's all spearheaded by the Children's Ministry Director, Brenda Williams, who has taken these trips for the past 16 years. Last year she met President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at the White House and wanted the children to have the same opportunity.

"A lot of children have glass ceilings and they only reach as far as their parents go," said Williams. "So we want to break those glass ceilings. We want them to see that there's a whole world out there for them to explore." 

"We like to catch them from the cradle and we like to inspire them and encourage them and make sure that they have a good fighting chance," said church Pastor Robert Fortson.

The group will spend five days in Washington and return to Jackson on Friday.

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