Youth mentoring program starts Monday

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The Integrity Unlimited Community Development Corp. and ICB productions are bringing the fifth annual GOMA Fest to Wilson.

The youth and family program runs Monday through Friday at Vick Elementary School and is named for the GOMA curriculum, which stands for goal, objective, method and attitude.

In addition to the 60 North Carolina youths participating in Integrity’s White Oak Summer Enrichment Program, GOMA Fest will attract an additional 60 people traveling to Wilson from Florida, Georgia and the Bahamas.

GOMA Fest is an annual event that tours domestically and internationally during the summer months. Its objective is to promote character and economic development by way of ICB’s Kidz4Kidz & Young Adults program, which focuses on youth mentoring other youth in concepts of community building, character education, personal development, leadership, entrepreneurship and economic development.

“Bringing GOMA Fest to North Carolina was the vision of my husband, Commissioner Thomas Lucas, alongside Dr. Deryl G. Hunt, Leroy Akins,and David Ritchey,” Wilson County Commissioner Sherry Lucas said. “Both my husband and Dr. Hunt have passed away; however, we are ecstatic to witness and experience their vision fulfilled.”

The theme of this year’s GOMA Fest is “Making Connections: Go Be Great.” Participating youth will learn inclusive relationship-building practices hinged on values of caring, sharing, loving, trust, honor and respect.

GOMA Fest 2019 will culminate with a closing ceremony from 1:15-3:20 p.m. Friday as student participants showcase what they have learned. The event includes distribution of certificates to student attendees, a live performance by South Florida music group 7 Steps and special presentations to organizers.

Parents and community members are invited to attend.