• Angela Robinson, right, a teacher North Springs Elementary School in Columbia, S.C., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, left, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Angela Robinson, right, a teacher North Springs Elementary School in Columbia, S.C., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, left, a supply specialist...

  • Mr. A.J. Franklin, Suicide Prevention program manager at the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st RSC, proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Mr. A.J. Franklin, Suicide Prevention program manager at the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a...

  • Children from the Summerton, S.C. area participate is a cooperation exercise during a Youth Expo called Let's Talk About You coordinated and held in Summerton by Army Reserve Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command. Georgia proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Children from the Summerton, S.C. area participate is a cooperation exercise during a Youth Expo called Let's Talk About You coordinated and held in Summerton by Army Reserve Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support...

  • A local Summerton, S.C. teen asks a question of a varied panel of adults during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    A local Summerton, S.C. teen asks a question of a varied panel of adults during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson...

  • Staff Sgt. Sophia Ellis, a human resources NCO with the 416th Engineer Command stationed in Denver, Colo.,  speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command, proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems. Ellis is also co-founder of Youth With Ambition, which also aims to assist with at-risk youth.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Staff Sgt. Sophia Ellis, a human resources NCO with the 416th Engineer Command stationed in Denver, Colo., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a...

  • Staff Sgt. CiAndra Na'eem with the 7/108th Personnel Support Battalion and a health services case manager with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Staff Sgt. CiAndra Na'eem with the 7/108th Personnel Support Battalion and a health services case manager with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About...

  • Bryant Lawson, an accountant and Founder of The Lost Angels Foundation, speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st RSC, proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Bryant Lawson, an accountant and Founder of The Lost Angels Foundation, speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st RSC...

  • Ms. Tammy Tooley, center, a member of a varied panel of adults, listens to her daughter, Alexis Benn, speak to the audience during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Ms. Tammy Tooley, center, a member of a varied panel of adults, listens to her daughter, Alexis Benn, speak to the audience during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with...

  • Alexis Benn talks to a varied panel of adults and local teens during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems. Benn's mother, Tammy Tooley, was a member of the panel.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Alexis Benn talks to a varied panel of adults and local teens during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C...

  • Yushika Cantey, an analyst at Verizon Wireless Atlanta, Ga., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Yushika Cantey, an analyst at Verizon Wireless Atlanta, Ga., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st proactively...

  • Angela Robinson, left, a teacher North Springs Elementary School in Columbia, S.C., and  Spc. Stacy Georgia, right, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command, role play a mother and daughter for local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Georgia proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Angela Robinson, left, a teacher North Springs Elementary School in Columbia, S.C., and Spc. Stacy Georgia, right, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command, role play a mother and daughter for local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a...

  • Angela Robinson, right, a teacher North Springs Elementary School in Columbia, S.C., role-plays a mother for local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, left, a supply specialist with the 81st proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Angela Robinson, right, a teacher North Springs Elementary School in Columbia, S.C., role-plays a mother for local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, left, a...

  • Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C.,  speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Georgia proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Georgia proactively...

  • Staff Sgt. Sophia Ellis, a human resources NCO with the 416th Engineer Command stationed in Denver, Colo.,  speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command, proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems. Ellis is also co-founder of Youth With Ambition, which also aims to assist with at-risk youth.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Staff Sgt. Sophia Ellis, a human resources NCO with the 416th Engineer Command stationed in Denver, Colo., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a...

  • Staff Sgt. CiAndra Na'eem with the 7/108th Personnel Support Battalion and a health services case manager with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Staff Sgt. CiAndra Na'eem with the 7/108th Personnel Support Battalion and a health services case manager with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About...

  • Staff Sgt. CiAndra Na'eem with the 7/108th Personnel Support Battalion and a health services case manager with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Staff Sgt. CiAndra Na'eem with the 7/108th Personnel Support Battalion and a health services case manager with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About...

  • Staff Sgt. CiAndra Na'eem with the 7/108th Personnel Support Battalion and a health services case manager with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About You aimed at area youth, ages 13-18. Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Staff Sgt. CiAndra Na'eem with the 7/108th Personnel Support Battalion and a health services case manager with the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., speaks to local teens in Summerton, S.C. during a youth expo called Let's Talk About...

  • Children from the Summerton, S.C. area participate is a cooperation exercise during a Youth Expo called Let's Talk About You coordinated and held in Summerton by Army Reserve Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support Command. Georgia proactively organized the event in order to give teens in her community an avenue to talk to other adults and open up about their issues such as self-esteem, attitude and trust, in hopes of preventing future social problems.

    Wildcat Soldier starts program that inspires youth

    Children from the Summerton, S.C. area participate is a cooperation exercise during a Youth Expo called Let's Talk About You coordinated and held in Summerton by Army Reserve Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with the 81st Regional Support...

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Inside of the Taw Caw Community Outreach Center in Summerton, S.C., many young people and parents gathered together to participate in the first Lets Talk About You Youth Expo, March 29.
Spc. Stacy Georgia, a supply specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, S.C., created and coordinated the youth expo to give young people a safe place to open up about their issues.
"It's not enough that we're losing (young people) to violence," said Georgia, "but how many parents even realize that their child hates school because of their peers and not because of academics Therefore, we have to do something because if we don't, we're going to lose more than what we think."
Furthermore, Georgia says providing a place for young people to express themselves freely is her mission because it's something she didn't have when she was a teenager.
"It doesn't matter what you go through, you always have to find someone (who) you can trust and go to, to help empower you to do what you're supposed to," Georgia said.
"So for me," Georgia added, "if I had of known that I had this I wouldn't have had all of the issues that I had. It would have helped tremendously to just have had someone to talk to back then."
In addition to discussing topics that ranged from self-esteem, attitude to trust, Georgia and a panel of volunteers from her community performed various scenarios of everyday situations and how to handle them.
"I want (these young people) to have hope for their future and learn from their past," said Sophia Ellis, founder of Youth With Ambition. " … I want them to be eagles and have hope to soar and reach higher heights beyond what their life has presented to them already."
After concluding the discussion, the group ate lunch and the males and females were later separated in order to talk about more personal issues.
"Something like this is important because it gives people our age a place to express (ourselves)," said Faithe Oliver, a junior at Scott's Branch High School, "(We) don't have to worry about being judged when (we) come here."
The next Let's Talk About You Youth Expo is scheduled for May 31 at noon inside the Taw Caw Community Outreach Center.
For more information about the youth expo or how to get involved, please email Georgia at letstalkaboutyou2014@gmail.com.

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