GREENBELT – By day, Ke’Von Young trains individuals in law enforcement for the state of Maryland. In her spare time, she joins forces with like-minded women who exhibit virtues such as love, patience, honesty, serenity, hope, joy and peace to support worthy causes. Young lends a hand to people in need in Maryland, the District […]
GREENBELT – By day, Ke’Von Young trains individuals in law enforcement for the state of Maryland.
In her spare time, she joins forces with like-minded women who exhibit virtues such as love, patience, honesty, serenity, hope, joy and peace to support worthy causes. Young lends a hand to people in need in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia through a club she created last year called The Dynasty Social Club.
This September marks the anniversary of her journey to reach out to various community organizations and find out what is needed alongside other women who are committed to brightening the lives of adults and youth. Original projects and partnerships allow members to take action, often on a monthly basis. Young said members are encouraged to take care of obligations at home first, although they must have the time and desire to help other people in the community. A spiritual foundation was also built into the social club.
On Sept. 9 at 8 p.m., Young and members of The Dynasty Social Club will celebrate their anniversary and receive donations at Willy K’s – a restaurant located at 7200 Hanover Drive in Greenbelt – for their “Fill A Diaper Bag” fundraiser. Donations such as baby shampoo, baby lotion, ointment, pacifiers, socks, blankets, bottles and bottle cleaners will be used to stuff diaper bags that will be given to expectant mothers who reside at the Capitol Heights-based Shepherd’s Cove Women’s Shelter. The public may also meet The Dynasty Social Club’s members and drop off new and gently used clothing items for newborns and babies up to one year of age.
“This is our first time working with Shepherd’s Cove,” Young said. “They informed our business manager that they have a lot of expectant moms that are in transitional housing, as well as teenage moms, but their funds will not allow them to be able to give them the necessities for newborns coming home even though these babies will be returning to this housing with their mothers. So the idea from my group was to come up with a drop off location for everyone to just come and stuff (diaper bags).”
The group is asking for 25 diaper bags that can be completely stuffed with supplies from Pampers to wipes to bibs, anything a person can think of that a newborn would need. Young said no donation is too small, even if there is just one item.
Young was born and raised in Prince George’s County and recently moved to Baltimore. She feels communities go down hill when others do not reach back to demonstrate what can be accomplished to better them.
“Dynasty (Social Club) is my heart,” she said. “Initially when the dream came, when the vision came, it was to basically enrich the community around me. I grew up in the Capitol Heights/Fairmount Heights area, which was not a really good part of Prince George’s County, but I also consider myself a success story. And I just feel that if more people of my nature, of my culture, breathe back into the community, then we would have move success stories.
“So I took some of the people from the same walks of life. Everyone in my club either came from Prince George’s County or South East Washington, D.C., and everyone, outside of just Dynasty, they have their own endeavors. For instance, one member is now a pom squad coach at Fairmont Heights High School. Another is starting a mentoring program. I have two members who teach.”
Young said in the future she wants the social club to offer resume preparation, provide food and clothing for homeless shelters, and increase youth enrichment by mentoring more boys and girls ages eight to 18. Although the group is currently looking for a designated school where such assistance can be offered, one student from Beltsville has already begun to benefit from the club’s example.
Khadeejah Hawkins, 15, attends High Point High School. The 10th grader said that her mother, Yvette Doe, is a part of The Dynasty Social Club. Hawkins has been helping to feed the homeless in Baltimore and participating in other events. She said mentorship is important because mentors show youth the right way to go and the right things to do. Additionally, the opportunity to gain community involvement experience helps her to feel better about herself and appreciate things more.
“At first I was scared because I wasn’t really used to being around homeless people, but after doing it like once a month, I got used to it after a while, seeing the same people come over and over again, and I got comfortable at one point,” she said. “It helped me learn that there are people who need more help than I do. I used to be really spoiled. I learned to appreciate things that I have now.”
To learn more about The Dynasty Social Club, please contact TheDynastySocialClub@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/DynastySocialClub/. Although new members are not currently being accepted at the moment, opportunities to volunteer through the club are available.