BLUE stands for Building Leaders Up Every day, and Founder Willie Robinson said the goal of the program is to teach youth in the area what it means to give back to those in need.

The BLUE Foundation is gearing up for its first annual summer program that seeks to get kids involved in service work throughout the summer. Ten young men will mow lawns for needy members of the community, while also being mentored by local leaders.

BLUE stands for Building Leaders Up Every day, and Founder Willie Robinson said the goal of the program is to teach youth in the area what it means to give back to those in need. He said the word blue was placed on his heart, and he wondered how he could use it to be a blessing to others. That's how the Blue Foundation came to be.

The program is designed to equip young men in the community with the spirit to serve, to care, to give, and to be considerate of other people. Robinson believes that by doing that, these young men will become better people and better leaders of the future.

Robinson said it all started with him and his son, Willie Robinson II. He said he wanted to show his son the joy of serving others during the summer break. The two of them worked together to mow lawns for single moms, widows, disabled veterans, and elderly people in the community. At the end of the summer, Robinson asked his son how he felt about the work they did. His son responded that it was the right thing to do and that it felt good to help others.

Robinson said now is the time to spread that spirit throughout the community, and he said local churches feel the same. St. Paul Baptist Church, True Light Worship Center, Crossway Church, East Ascension Minister Alliance, and St. Theresa will provide the young men, and the churches will also select the citizens who will be served.

The boys will work throughout the morning on Thursdays and Saturdays during the summer. After mowing lawns, the boys will have a chance to interact with various mentors from the community. Robinson said it's all about exposing these young men to positive role models and teaching them the value of service to others.

Clarks Unlimited Lawn Service will provide the equipment at no cost to the foundation. Ascension Roofing will provide several lunches for the young men, and St. Paul Baptist Church will offer its facility as a lunch site throughout the summer.

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