Family art day in North Gulfport

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - With a little color and creativity, kids in North Gulfport are exploring their artistic potential.

"I like seeing these young kids, making them laugh and showing them a good time," says George Walker with the North Gulfport Community Landtrust Youth Council.

Though the painting and beadwork was fun, the youth council from the North Gulfport Community Landtrust hopes to offer the kids more than just tips on their artwork.

"It's setting a real good example for them (the kids) because if they see us doing something good, then they might want to do something good, too," says Walker.

"A lot of them talked about not having good role models in the community and nobody to tell them things when they were growing up.  They realize it's important for them as teenagers to be the role models for the younger kids," says Director Veronica Mulazeem.

Among their numerous community service projects, the council has planted a community garden and plans to open an education center in January.

"The youth council has really come a long way, and we really need the community to support the youth council," says Mulazeem.

When it comes to events like this, Walker says the council's reason for reaching out to kids boils down to one very simple point.

"We love the young kids around here," says Walker.

The Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church hosted the event. The youth council plans to do art day every second Saturday of the month.  It also wants to start a youth club where youth earn membership through community service, among other things.