Monthly series brings outreach

YOUNGSTOWN – Self-esteem, bullying and self-defense are among the topics to be addressed each month as part of the A Time for Recovery Outreach Youth Mentoring series at the Youngstown Public Library Main Branch, 305 Wick Ave.

Ramona Martin Jones, founder and CEO of the group, said the first program, 2 p.m. July 2, will be on understanding the grieving process.

”The speakers will offer help to anyone needing assistance,” she said.

Jones said she started the program in 2012 and ran it for two years before her mother had cancer and she had to become her mother’s caregiver. Jones has worked in home health care and as private duty nurse.

The programs address mental, physical and spiritual needs, she said. At past programs, Eastern Gateway College helped youths prepare for their futures, she said.

“My main goal is to enrich the young people in a positive way and motivate them to make better decisions,” Jones said.

Jones said many past program participants have graduated from school with assistance provided for getting GEDs.

Nanyale Martin, youth coordinator, said the participants have wanted to learn about self-defense, address bullying, helping to finish high school, domestic violence, and recovery.

”We want to reach out to families and help with recovery,” Martin said.

Jones was ordained a minister in 2007 and was part of a radio ministry, “In Times Like These,” with her mother, Evangelist Barbara Martin, before Martin died in 2014.

The schedule:

l July 2 – “Understanding the Grieving Process: Part 1,” with Amanda Hilderbrand of Hospice of the Valley;

l Aug. 6 – Career Day with Eastern Gateway College;

l Sept. 17 – Domestic violence discussion with Audrey Walker of Sojourner House

l Oct. 8 – ”How High is You Self-Esteem?”

l Nov. 5 – “Understanding the Grieving Process: Part 2;

l Dec. 3 – Christmas party

All events are held 2 to 4 p.m. at the main library. Registration is requested at 330-565-2118