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Kinston Promise Neighborhood, Inc. Newsletter  

"Creating an oasis of hope for our youth's future"

In This Issue
East Kinston Meeting
The Sound of My Life
2013 Easter Egg Hunt
Kinston High State Champs
About Kinston Promise
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
East Kinston Poised for Community Change
2nd Meeting Scheduled for April 11, 2013

The second in our series of East Kinston Community Meetings has been scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at St. Peter Church of Christ (DOC) located at 602 JP Harrison Blvd. in Kinston.

The meeting will include a summary presentation of some of the key issues and concerns that residents and community leaders have identified for East Kinston.  

Our discussions will also focus on housing and ways to improve and increase development in East Kinston communities.

Ashley Pierce, Manager at Self-Help Credit Union will provide an overview of their housing development model.  Additionally representatives from several of Kinston's Community Development Corporations have been invited including Compassion Outreach Ministries; Hands for Humanity CDC; the Fuller Center and more.

Lin Dawson
Over 50 community leaders and residents attended the first East Kinston Community meeting held on March 14 at Emmanuel Hill Baptist Church. 

Kinston native Lin Dawson (standing above)  shared plans for the Lin Dawson Youth Leadership Academy as well as plans for the proposed Sampson School Community Life Center. 

Chief Johnson
Chief Bill Johnson, Kinston Department of Public Safety provided an overview of programs provided by the KDPS including Project Safe Neighborhood; Crossing Boundaries; the GATE; and the Boys and Girls Club.  Their youth programs are designed to reduce teen pregnancy and increase graduation rates.

Other City of Kinston representatives attending the March 14 meeting included City Manager Tony Sears; and Kinston City Council members Joseph Tyson (Mayor Pro Tem); Sammy Aiken; Robbie Swinson IV and Bobby Merritt; and Roland Davis and Clinton Glover.

Rep. George Graham
NC District 12 Representative George Graham, Jr.  provided a brief overview of activities taking  place in the General Assembly. Representative Graham also distributes a weekly newsletter from his Raleigh office.  Click on the link below for the most recent newsletter.

The March 14 Meeting was covered by Johnathan Rodriguez for WNCT Channel 9.  Please click on the link below for the story.

Kinston Native, Suzette Randolph Hinton Celebrates Book Launch of "The Sound of My Life" on April 6


  Suzette's book cover

For too long we have believed that the key to success is working someone else's dream.  Certainly, we can point to individuals who have acquired material wealth from doing so, but for most, it is only temporary and, next time you see them, they have moved to something else new and shiny or they no longer find it fulfilling.  There's a better way.  The Sound of My Life shares my personal story of self-discovery and self-love that reminds men and women that who they are uniquely created to be is enough.  They need only to tune in to their inner voice and it will lead them to a more fulfilling life.  No longer will you look in someone else's backyard for what you already have buried in yours.  This life-changing book is scheduled to launch April 6, 2013 where it'll be available at  To preorder, go to   

Concurrently, my new coaching program, The Sound of My Life "Live Your Dreams" will be debuting.  Designed to reinforce the insights presented in the book, this 12-week boot camp will move you from dreaming to being and from being to doing.  Not only that, but participants will build a network of accountability and comradery to keep them moving forward.  More information about the book and coaching program is available on  

"Every life has a purpose to be discovered" and The Sound of My Life is the catalyst of that discovery.  Live your

Suzette Hinton 

Author, Suzette Randolph Hinton was  born in Kinston to Mr. William McKinley Randolph, known as "Randy" now deceased and Alice Graham Randolph who later remarried.  She was a member of the Kinston High School Class of 1978, which was the last graduating class from the old Grainger High School building.


Young Women Support Kinston Easter Egg Hunt
YWOP Logo      2013 Easter Egg Hunt
Young Women of Promise students and volunteers provided support to the Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Neuse Regional Library and Queen Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 30.
Hunting Eggs
Over 200 Kinston area youth scooped up over 5,000 eggs from the grounds at Queen Street United Methodist Church in less than 5 minutes.  They also enjoyed a variety of activities including A Reading Corner; face painting, a Bounce House; music and free snow cones.

Kinston High School Teams Bring Home State Titles

We offer congratulations to the Kinston High School Boys and Girls basketball for winning both State Championships.  The Kinston Free Press has written several stories about this accomplishment.  


The KHS Vikings girls team defeated Canton Pisgah and the boys team won over Waxhaw Cuthbertson to gain the North Carolina state 2A basketball titles.


Please feel free to visit the Free Press for more information about our championship teams.


Way to go, Vikings!!!



"Creating an oasis of hope for our youth's future"
Kinston Promise Neighborhood is a collaborative and comprehensive approach to educating children and strengthening families in the town of Kinston, a mid-size community in eastern North Carolina.  The Kinston Promise Neighborhood model is based on the highly successful Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ), developed by Geoffrey Canada in the early 1990's.  The figure below illustrates the HCZ and Kinston Promise Neighborhood service model.

Kinston Promise Neighborhood, Inc., works through existing community-based  organizations and programs to create a continuum of "cradle-through-college" solutions to improve the academic and developmental outcomes for children at all stages of growth: early learning, elementary school, middle school, high school, and college.

Kinston Promise Neighborhood has been recognized as a GradNation Community by America's Promise Alliance.  

Grad Nation Communities are at the front line of efforts to help young people succeed in school, work and life. The GradNation initiative launched in September 2011 to recognize communities across the nation for their efforts in support of the Grad Nation campaign which is designed to end the dropout crisis in our country.

For more information about Kinston Promise Neighborhood, Inc. please visit our website at

Theresa Williams
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Phone: 252/522-8019