Block Party
Zyreeanah Shepard, J’Viona Baker, Kelise Kelley and Nyla Tearney at the Get the Lead Out Block Party held July 27. | Dara Harper

Block Party

Young mentees learn about lead hazards at annual event

During the 10th Annual Photo Walk, Poised, Gifted & Ready Mentoring Program (formerly known as Pretty Girls Rock) covered the annual Get the Lead Out Block Party.

We met many who are passionate about making people aware of the hazards of lead and teaching community members about lead poisoning.

Jaime Howley is one example of someone that enjoys coming to this event to make people aware of lead poisoning. Howley is from Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today Southside Housing Task Force, the organizer of this educational event. She is trying to educate families to better protect children.

Jaime Howley, co-chair of TNT’s Southside Housing Task Force, has set a community-wide goal to end lead poisoning in Syracuse by 2025. | Kelise Kelley


This is TNT’s second year holding the event, and members hope that lead levels in our city become so low that they don’t have to offer the event next year.

PGR members Kelise Kelley, Zyreeanah Shepard, Nyla Tearney, Amadea McClain, Royal McClain, Amerie Chandler, Rebekah Hidek and Nevaeh Hall also participated.

— By J’Viona Baker, Poised, Gifted & Ready Mentee