• Y.E.L.L.! Mayor’s Youth Council and Kingsport Chamber to host BOE Candidates Forum

    • Share:
    April 22, 2019
    Kingsport Chamber News Release
    Monday, April 22, 2019
    Vanessa Bennett

    Executive Director of Operations and Leadership Programs
    Kingsport Chamber
    Y.E.L.L.! Mayor’s Youth Council and Kingsport Chamber to host BOE Candidates Forum
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Y.E.L.L.!  Mayor’s Youth Council and your Kingsport Chamber will host a Kingsport Board of Education Candidates Forum. The Forum will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Robinson Middle School Auditorium. The Forum starts at 4 p.m.
    The Kingsport Chamber hosts these events in an effort to inform and educate Kingsport Chamber members and citizens of the views of candidates who seek to lead our school system. Candidates will be asked a series of questions by members of the youth council.
    There is no cost to attend. If you have questions, please contact Vanessa Bennett at vbennett@kingsportchamber.org.
    Early voting begins on May 1 through May 16 at the Sullivan County Election Commission Office in Blountville. Early voting begins May 9 through May 16 at the National Guard Armory in Bristol and in the Civic Auditorium in Kingsport.
    Election Day is Tuesday, May 21. Contact the Sullivan County Election Commission at (423) 323-6444 or visit www.scelect.org for more information.
    Kingsport Leadership Programs oversee three leadership programs of the Kingsport Chamber.
    The mission of S.H.O.U.T.!® (Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow) is to develop, in an interactive environment, the leadership skills and community awareness of selected high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  
    The Y.E.L.L! (Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning) Mayor’s Youth Council are a group of selected students who want to continue to give back to our community and to lead projects that enhance learning.
    The mission of Leadership Kingsport is to develop leaders who give life to community dreams.
    For more information on Kingsport Leadership Programs, call Vanessa Bennett, executive director of operations & leadership Programs, at (423) 392-8813 or e-mail vbennett@kingsportchamber.org.
    The policy of the Kingsport Chamber regarding political campaigns is to remain neutral.  The Kingsport Chamber does not support or endorse candidates.  The Kingsport Chamber's role during elections is to distribute information about all candidates to assist members in making educated voting decisions based on issues affecting business and to provide equal opportunities to ALL candidates to meet with members of the business community.
    The Kingsport Chamber is composed of two non-profit organizations: the Kingsport Chamber Foundation (501(c)(3)) and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (501(c)(6)). 
    The Kingsport Chamber Foundation manages, promotes, supports and assists a number of charitable, educational, environmental, leadership, quality of life and wellness programs that have a tremendous impact on the Kingsport community.
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber Foundation include:  Communications & Development; Downtown Concert Series; Education & Workforce Development; Fun Fest; Healthy Kingsport; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport Leadership Programs (Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; STREAMWORKS; Tennessee/Virginia Scholars; and Visit Kingsport.
    The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. 
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include:  Communications & Development; Government Relations; and Membership.  The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce has nearly 1,000 members.
    For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Chamber, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.