BURGAW, N.C. (WITN) - Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development based in Burgaw and Wallace launched an academy on Saturday meant to help and support youth.

The vocational, industrial and college preparatory academy, also known as “VIC Academy,” aims to provide advanced post-secondary exposure and career training to fifth and sixth-grade students in underserved communities including Duplin County, according to the press release.

Participants can explore fields such as aviation, construction management, culinary arts, engineering and more.

“We will bring in the best facilitators possible for this program,” said Dr. Jimmy T. Tate, the president of Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development.

Students selected to enroll in the inaugural VIC Academy will undergo 12-weeks of interactive training at various locations throughout the region, including Duplin, Bladen, New Hanover, Pender and Sampson counties.

Tuition, transportation, entry into field activities, and meals are provided at NO COST to students.

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WALLACE, N.C. (WITN) -Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development and Duplin County Partnership for Children hosted a Community Resource Fair in Wallace, Saturday.

Attendees came out for food and fun. They even had the opportunity to receive a Covid-19 vaccination. Dr. Ricardo Valdivia and San Martin Medical partnered to provide the vaccine.

“Mt. Calvary continues to rigorously promote health and vaccine awareness through our Community Health Program so we are glad in particular to be able to provide the COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with San Martin Medical based in Rocky Point to those interested today. We appreciate so many area agencies offering their support for this event.”

Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development President, Dr. Jimmy T. Tate. A number of different organizations attended the event, including Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office, the Wallace Fire Department and more.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Mt. Calvary Center helped to sponsor a food giveaway this morning in Wilmington.

Items distributed to those in need included ham and other nutritional meal ingredients.

The event was held in the parking lot of Freedom Way Ministries, and gave away food all morning to a steady flow of cars.

Volunteer Eliza Mendez says there is always a need in the community for food, especially during a pandemic.

“Mount Calvary is here to help any and everybody in need,” New Hanover County representative Eliza Mendez said. “Just give us a call and we will come out and look for you and find you and give you the help that you need. Any type of resources that we can have and we can give you, we will come to help you out with.”

In addition to feeding the community, organizers also say they are trying to help as many people as possible get their COVID shots. They plan to hold a COVID-19 vaccination event next weekend.

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