? >v.v, F()rmer W S S U5 ""'* -See Page BIO R A. IV4 S " The Chronicle Volume40,Number II WINSTON-SALEM, N.C THURSDAY, November 7, 2013 ' I i CHAMPIONSHIP SWACCCfc. A : ^ Submitted Photo The Winston-Salem Tiny Indians hold their championship trophy on Saturday after winning the Cadet Division 11 Championship of the Piedmont Youth Football and Cheer League. The squad beat the Greensboro Giants 13-0. The Indians' Junior Peewee team also won the championship in their divi sion, beating the Winston-Salem Grayhounds 40-31. The Cadet and Peewee squads will be back in action Saturday at North Forsyth High School for the state championships. Fashion Foward (and Reverse) Mobile clothing boutique making the rounds ^ BY LAYLA GARMS THE CHRONICLE Meka Harrcll is hoping to become a "dri ving force" in local women and children's fashion. The Baltimore native is the proud owner of Pink Culture Inc., billed as the Triad's first fashion truck. She opened the doors to her vibrant "Barbie pink" Chevrolet Step Van in August during a Greensboro event, officially embarking upon a dream that began more than a decade ago when she got her first job work ing in her godfather's clothing boutique. Harrell said she was a tomboy prior to starting at the boutique, but she quickly fell in love with clothes and fashion there. "Honestly, I worked for clothes when I was 16," confessed the 32-year-old. "I worked and bought clothes ... I was kind of like a walking billboard for my godfather's store." Fashion was a positive escape from the harsh realities of HarreU's youth. She grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Her father was murdered when she was four, and her mother was addicted to drugs. Many of her friends had dropped out of school by the time they reached eighth grade. Never one to follow the crowd, Harrell, who relocated to Winston-Salem dur ing her senior year of high school, earned her diploma and then became the first person in her family to earn a bachelor's degree after completing her studies at Livingstone College. "I'm always asked the question, Hpw do you do that when you don't have any positive influences around you?' I've always had this motivation to be successful," related Harrell, who also holds an MBA from Pfeiffer University. "I think it's weird, but I always believed. I felt like God told me to be success ful." See Harrell on A7 Photo by Liyla Gurm I Meka Harrell sits at the entrance of her "store." Photos by Todd Lock Antonio McKoy talks about YouthBuild. Jobs program pushes to fill roster BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE YouthBuild, a new City of Winston-Salem pro gram, is giving high school drop-outs a chance to earn their GEDs while learning the lucrative construction trade. YouthBuild is targeting drop-outs ages 16 to 24 who meet at least one of the following criteria: is a youth or adult offender: is a low-income city resident: are a current or former foster child: is a disabled resi dent; has an incar i i i cerated parent; or is a migrant farm youth worker. During the six month program, participants take GED classes and courses that will lead to certifica tions needed for entry-level con struction work. Along the way, they will rehab a house that the City's Housing Rehabilitation pro gram will convert to an affordable housing unit. Participants will be paid while in the program. which operates under the auspices of the Office of Community and Business Development and is funded by a three-year $1.1 mil lion U.S. Department of Labor grant. City Council Member James Taylor helped to bring the national program to Winston-Salem. He said it will provide second chances to many local residents. "This takes young men and women who may have dropped out of high school, who may be experiencing some problems with the juvenile justice system, and gives them something productive to do. and then you get paid for it and learn a trade all at the same time." Taylor said. Last week, YouthBuild held information sessions at several recreation centers. Applications for the pro gram's second class, slated to start at the end of the month, were also accepted. Program Manager Antonio McKoy, speaking at the Sims Rec in Happy Hill last Thursday, told prospective applicants about some of the program requirements, including passing math and reading assessments, a drug test and an interview con ducted by a panel of City officials. After that, there is a trial work week, when participants will take part in the program's six hours of daily sessions. The city will track the progress of those who successfully complete the program for up to a year. "If you want it. you've got to earn it yourself, right?" McKoy asked. "The good thing is we provide you with the opportunity to do that." See YouthBuild on A8 I ^? 1 Daiquan Adams shares his YouthBuild experience. "s ^ 2; P s 7 2 > ? : o: ^ ==: 8 < 2 =. t ffl o ?z. 2 -1 K ~ a y o T ^ m z I S | J. I o?5 lil^i IP ? o z u. a s f I Election Night 2013 offers no surprises Molly Leight with Council Member-Elect Macintosh. BY LAYLA GARMS r THE CHRONICLE L Election night went off without a hitch for City Council incumbents. Across the board. Twin City residents favored r veterans over newcomers, reelecting every incum bent on the ballot for another term by a comfort able margin. Incumbent Molly Leight in the South Ward and Dan Besse in the Southwest Ward easily reclaimed their seats with more than 71 and 81 Sec Council on A9 Pt>o?o? by Layla Oirrm Mayor Pro Tempore Burke poses with her son. Judge Todd Burke, and daugh ter-in-law, Barbara. storage BHM i of Winston-Salem. LLC ^ VHp 3? 9 '