14-Year-Old President of Non-Profit Organization 'Myia, Inc.' Blasts Her Way Into 2006 with Awards & Recognitions, Keynote Speeches, Press Interviews and More

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Named Emerging History Maker by TPC Foundation, Inc. and "Turning Point Magazine;" interviews on John Salley’s popular Los Angeles-area radio program; keynotes a Carson, California Black Chamber of Commerce affair; Hosts a GoGirlGo! outreach program; and her Black History Month PSA airs on San Francisco Bay Area ABC television affiliate.

2006 is proving to be a most exciting and impressive year for Myia Jones, 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. During a February 2006 visit to Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area teen will receive an award from TPC Foundation, Inc. and Turning Point Magazine; interview on John Salley’s popular radio program; and keynote a Carson, CA Black Chamber of Commerce affair.

“Emerging history maker” award recipient

Having already received more awards and recognitions than do most people in a lifetime, Myia Jones is recognized yet again by TPC Foundation, Inc. The organization will bestow its prestigious “Living History Maker” award to the teen. Featured in the current issue (Jan./Feb. 2006) of Turning Point Magazine, Myia will be 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. Annually, TPC Foundation, Inc. and Turning Point Magazine host a reception in honor of individuals who are deserving of recognition as Living History Makers. With the intent of giving focus to California youth who have shown an unusual commitment to their community or have demonstrated extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit, the Foundation created a new category, and will present Myia with its first “Emerging History Maker” award.

“The John Salley block party" interview

While in town, Myia will stop by 100.3 The Beat / KKBT-FM on the morning of February 23rd to chat with John Salley during the 9:50 am “Vibrations” segment of his popular radio program “The John Salley Block Party.” Myia will share with Salley and his listeners news about her company’s mission and current endeavors. Salley, a former star basketball player is also a full-time host on the “Best Damn Sports Show Period” on Fox Sports Net.

Carson Black Chamber Of Commerce Keynote

In January 2006, Sadie Kimbrew and Wanda Johnson-Pope founded a Black Chamber of Commerce in Carson, CA to support the city's black business owners. According to Kimbrew, the Chamber's president, its first major event was the organization's kick-off celebration breakfast. The second will be a "Young Entrepreneurs' Mini-Summit" to take place Friday, February 24, 2006 at the Home Depot Center Stadium Club. Program organizers invited Myia to deliver the keynote address to attending dignitaries and Carson-area youth. "After learning of Miss Jones and her many accomplishments, we felt that she would be the ideal person to deliver the program's keynote address," said Johnson-Pope." She continued, "Myia is a wonderful role model and an example of the things that young people can accomplish. She is an inspiration for us all." Myia's presentation is titled "Just Do it While You are Young."

Other of Myia Jones’ January/February 2006 Activities:

  • As an ambassador for the Women’s Sports Foundation, founded by tennis champion Billie Jean King, Myia hosted a GoGirlGo! outreach project for the third time in six months; this time at Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo, CA as a special assembly for ninth and tenth grade girls. The program to encourage the girls to commit to getting fit through physical exercise and sports participation.
  • Interview on Bay Area ABC 7 Black History Month “American Heritage Salute Series,” which is a PSA that is airing repeatedly throughout Black History Month.
  • Commissioned to contribute 100 words of inspirational wisdom to the second edition of “100 Words of Wisdom for Girls: A 31-Day Exercise in Empowerment” compiled by Hiyaah Power, a dynamic online community for women.

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 three GoGirlGo! events - in Oakland, Richmond and Vallejo, CA - where more than 200 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 or visit http://www.myiajones.com.

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