Coca-Cola, one of my very favorite companies, is known not just for their delicious, refreshing beverages, but for all of the wonderful programs they offer throughout our communities. Their latest Pay It Forward program celebrates and acknowledges the richness of African American heritage, and gives teens between the ages of 16-21 the opportunity to achieve their dreams through unique and exciting apprenticeship experiences.
We all know a deserving teenager that dreams big, wants to make a difference in our world, and rises to the occasion when given the chance. My own children have been raised to believe they can do anything they set their minds to, and each of them has their own unique qualities and goals for the future — which includes becoming a teacher, a rapper, a cartoonist, and serving in the military. All creative, noble ambitions in my book.
My family and I have had rough times in the past, where we needed help and were fortunate enough to receive it. And because of the kindness shown to us, we wanted to "pay it forward" by organizing and participating for many years in our "Be a Blessing" program at our church, which helped to bring Christmas to children and their families that were struggling or down on their luck.
My children, as well as, other church members, helped with purchasing/donating food items, toys, clothing, toiletries, and more, packing boxes and wrapping gifts, and then delivering them to the homes just before the holidays. There were times when we were not doing so well financially and had our own struggles, but giving back to those families brought so much joy to their lives, as well as, our own lives.
Now through March 2nd, you can nominate up to 5 young people (or they can nominate themselves) for a chance to win this awesome apprentice experience. Four of those lucky nominees will be rewarded with an apprenticeship experience with one of the country’s most respected celebrity history makers: business mogul Magic Johnson; chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee; or hip hop artist and philanthropist, Common. And for each nomination, you have the chance at winning $5,000!
Coca-Cola wants to inspire you to Pay It Forward by nominating one or more deserving teens (up to five) for this apprenticeship experience. They are rewarding one lucky Mother of Pearl It Is reader with a Prize Pack valued at $120, which includes all of the following:
- $100 Amex card to help you and your family “Pay It Forward” in the New Year
- Coca-Cola “Pay It Forward” journal
- Coca-Cola “Pay-It-Forward” t-shirt
Simply complete the Mandatory Entry in the Rafflecopter form below, telling me "who you will be nominating or sharing a time that you and your family were able to Pay It Forward," and as many of the optional entries as you'd like for more chances to WIN!
** The prize was provided by Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this giveaway. I received a Pay It Forward prize pack. No other compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.