TPC Foundation, Inc. Names 14-year-old Myia Jones 2006 "Emerging Living History Maker"

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Myia Jones, a 14-year-old high school freshman, and founder and presidident of Multicultural Youth-In-Action, has been named by TPC Foundation, Inc. as the 2006 Emerging Living History Maker.

"... and a little child shall lead them..." Myia Jones is a 14-year-old high school freshman who is a wise leader, mature well beyond her years. As well as founder and president of MYIA, Inc. (Multicultural Youth-In-Action), a nonprofit community organization, she is a public speaker; national sports awardee, and champion of youth causes. In acknowledgement of her numerous accomplishments contributions and the goals her company strives to reach, TPC Foundation, Inc. selected Myia to be named 2006 Emerging Living History Maker. Myia will be featured in the January/February 2006 issue of Turning Point Magazine, and honored at the 13th annual Living History Makers Awards Reception hosted by TPC Foundation, Inc. and Turning Point Magazine in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 23, 2006.

"The TPC Foundation, Inc. received almost 100 nominations in total from all over California," says TPC Foundation, Inc. Board President Pat Means. "This year's judging process was filled with many worthy and quality nominees. In our new category of Emerging History Maker for individuals up to 21 years old, we wanted to draw focus on the wonderful work youth in California is doing to make a difference in the community. We are happy to announce that Myra Jones is that 2006 Honoree for Emerging History Maker."

The Living History Makers Awards and Reception is hosted by the TPC Foundation, Inc. and Turning Point Magazine. It celebrates Black History Month by honoring California's African American Living History Makers in presenting a tribute to those 'unsung' heroes for their outstanding accomplishments and/or contributions to the community. They are nominated by individuals and organizations and honored at the Living History Makers Awards Reception on the last Thursday in February. This affair is attended by corporate and business executives, community leaders, elected officials, opinion leaders and decision makers that directly influence California's African American community.

The Living History Makers Award Reception committee chooses an honoree in each of following categories: Advocacy, Arts & Entertainment, Education, Science & Technology, and new to this year's reception – Emerging Living History Maker, honoring individuals up to the age of 21 who have shown an unusual commitment to their community or have demonstrated extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit.

About Myia Jones / MYIA, Inc. (Multicultural Youth-In-Action):

Founded by then 10-year-old Myia Jones, MYIA, Inc. is a non-profit community organization formed to develop community service activities that encourage young people to become intimately involved with positive societal events from which participants may learn leadership and citizenship life skills.

The organization's 14-year-old visionary and president is a capable and joyful leader of girls in her capacity as ambassador for the Women’s Sports Foundation's GoGirlGo! national outreach campaign. The program's goal is to encourage one million girls - ages 8 to 18 - to get healthy through sports and physical activity. In 2005, MYIA, Inc. hosted two GoGirlGo! events - in Oakland and Richmond, CA - where more than 150 girls signed commitments to "get moving." Additionally, this year CityFlight Media Network and State Farm Insurance named Myia among the "10 Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area," in recognition of her community and academic accomplishments.

In addition to her community work and sports activities, the highly awarded teen excels academically. MYIA, Inc. is located in Vacaville, CA. Myia Jones is 14-years-old and attends Vacaville Christian High School in Vacaville, CA. For more information about Myia Jones and MYIA, Inc., please call (707) 301-6302, email CEO@myiainc.com or visit http://www.myiajones.com.

About TPC Foundation, Inc.:

TPC Foundation, Inc. supports the growth and development of African American business and prepares youth for an entrepreneurial world. This mission is accomplished through mentoring and internships, small business training, conferences and seminars, and market research.

TPC Foundation, Inc. works with a wide network of public and private sector organizations that provide support to minority business owners and youth. TPC is distinguished by its access to the strong network of subscribers and supporters of Turning Point Magazine. Recognized as a strong and positive vehicle for information, Turning Point Magazine has developed a strong reservoir of good will among people who care about economic and community development in the African American community. TPC Foundation, Inc. is therefore uniquely positioned to assist other organizations in ensuring that small business owners and youth have access to the information they need to succeed. For more information about the TPC Foundation Inc., please visit: http://www.tpcfoundation.org

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