252Buzzworthy - Willie Joyner, Community Leader

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Name: Willie Joyner

Nickname: Willo

Job Title: Assistant Principal and CEO of HYPE Crew step dance team and The HYPE Leadership Institute

Age: 45

Hometown: Farmville

Town where I currently live: Winterville

Education: BS in Business Education, Masters in School Administration

Hobbies: Dancing, singing, basketball

Family and pets: Engaged to Latoya Mewborn; 3 daughters, Kyra and Keturah Joyner and Mia Mewborn; and two dogs, Oreo and Max

Are you involved with something new that you would like the readers to know about: We recently started a non-profit called the HYPE Leadership Institute. Within the Institute, we have started a program called Funday Monday. The focus is early reading intervention for boys aged 5-8. We hope to inspire, encourage, and motivate young men to develop an appreciation for reading. We hope to have an extension to the program by next year and be able to offer after school homework help and tutorials. We will have quarterly leadership seminars and invite guest speakers to pour into community young men.

Favorite local place for a bite to eat, a drink, or a cup of coffee with a friend: I actually like Cheddars; I love anything with shrimp but the New Orleans Pasta is delicious. I also visited Villa Verde recently and the cilantro lime sauce they brought out made me crave grilled pork chops and rice for days.

How can the public find out more about you or your organization: 252-258-0123 or 252-367-0628 Facebook: HYPE Crew

2 things that inspire me:

Seeing great achievements happen with young people, and seeing someone defy the odds

5 things on your bucket list:

Don't really have a bucket list but would love to go to Hawaii

2 reasons you like living in the 252:

Latoya Mewborn lives in the 252 and the area is starting to thrive with many movers and shakers.