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Leaving a Legacy
Posted on 10/13/2021
Leaving a Legacy
Always leave a place better than you found it. 
 
Commit to something bigger than yourself. 
 
Strive for greatness in everything you do.
There are many different ways to leave a legacy, all of which we instill into every aspect of our I PROMISE program. Perhaps no clearer model of these values is our very own Jayden Shippe, whose life ended much too soon, but whose legacy lives on today. 
 
There are many different ways to leave a legacy, all of which we instill into every aspect of our I PROMISE program. Perhaps no clearer model of these values is our very own Jayden Shippe, whose life ended much too soon, but whose legacy lives on today.
This week, the Shippe family gathered together with our current I PROMISE Network students attending Kent State University and our KSU family to honor Jayden’s legacy and announce the very first recipient of the Jayden Shippe Lane Scholarship. Prior to handing out the award, Jayden’s mom, whom we lovingly refer to as “Mama S” and keeper of the I PROMISE Village, shared with our college students Jayden’s lasting advice for his family and everyone: “keep on living.” With that, she bestowed the challenge upon our next generation to keep persevering through whatever challenges come their way. Jayden would be so proud to see them now, preparing for midterms and well into their very first year of college.
As the family meal and celebration of an extraordinary life and perseverance all around continued, Dean Eboni Pringle announced Asakee Asanarii, a former 330 Ambassador, as the recipient of the Jayden Shippe Lane Scholarship. Having been personally touched by Jayden’s legacy, we have no doubt Asakee will continue to make an impact in whatever they take on next. 
 
The Jayden Shippe Lane Scholarship will be given out annually to an incoming LJFF freshman attending Kent State University. To contribute to this scholarship for future students, you can click here
 
This month we also celebrated mental health day, with mental health being an area we champion alongside our families. We continue to create environments where love and support are at the forefront, and where all feelings, fears, or trepidations are welcomed to the table. Between our I Promise School, I Promise Village, I Promise Institute, and all of our endeavors, we want to make sure our kids and their families get what they need to survive. All of our work in these spaces would not be possible without the support of our family at the Peg’s Foundation. From providing counselors, supporting our families in times of crisis, and guiding us on how to increase our mental health supports, they have been critical to our work in this important area. 
 
We can’t wait to see what comes next with this incredible family by our side!
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