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Making a Difference: Mable Starks

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GREENVILLE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mable Starks of Greenville works with the young people in that city, specifically gang members. She runs toward situations the rest of us may run away from.  

I met with Mable Starks in her newest venture. It is Delta Arts Gallery and Craftorium that she located in an empty store on Washington Avenue in downtown Greenville, right beside one of the few stores that never left downtown in the great exodus; Goodman's.

"It's her newest venture," said Greenville Public Schools PR Specialist EVerett Chinn. "But just her passion and commitment to education and further enhancing the Mississippi Delta right here in Greenville is really awesome."

In another capacity, Ms Starks work with the young people of Greenville has gotten most folks attention. Especially her dealing with members of gangs who are found often just hanging around on street corners.  

When we see our young people out there we can't be afraid to stop our car, get out of our car and go and talk to them," said Starks.

Frankly, that's when I click the door locks and speed up. Consequently, that's why I'm not changing lives like Ms Starks is doing in Greenville. She runs the Youth Build Program with the delta improvement organization MACE

"Which helps a lot of the young people find their way that maybe have not had that opportunity like others," said Rebecca Goodman, Mable Starks biggest cheerleader. "Helps them get their GED, helps them find jobs; become young productive people in this community. Which is a real benefit to all of us. Takes away from the crime and the gang violence and all that."

 

These are young people who are basically on the streets who we tend to think don't want anything, that they just want to be there," said Starks. "Let me tell you that is incorrect."

And Mable Starks has proved that they are anxious to change their lives by getting youngsters off the streets and into jobs and even into college; right off the street corners. And most of it is because of her willingness to do so and her believing that things like that can happen.  

"I'm an optimist," said Starks. "I think every child who comes before us we can make a difference." 

Reflect on how much of a change one person can make next time you sit at a table at her new venture in downtown Greenville, sipping on a glass of wine after work, thinking about how folks around us are Making a Difference.

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