By Kelvin Cowans, Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Pastor Steven Hardrick, Jacob’s Ladder and the Belt Line Youth Enrichment Center have joined forces to make the Memphis community better.

The focus is on operating a neighborhood-based children’s program at the Belt Line Youth Enrichment Center (BYEC). The emphasis is on literacy, homework, cooking, Bible Study and spiritual formation with a strong neighborhood component. The vision is of a pipeline of youth/young adults ages 16-24 who are high schools dropouts in need of a Job Corp experience.

Hardrick and Jacob’s Ladder recently completed their inaugural summer camp program at Life Change N Ministries on Park Ave.

“One of my close friends once told me to ‘do the work and trust the process’ and hey, that’s what we’ve been doing, said Hardrick.

(For more Information about both programs, contact Pastor Steve Hardrick at 901-574-5388 or the Belt Line Youth Enrichment Center is located at 2646 Midland.)