Bootcamp provides positive mentorship for Hattiesburg kids

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – In Hattiesburg, the 8th Annual Needham Jones Back-to-School Bootcamp will return for another year.

The bootcamp helps provide skills to young people to help them deal with stress. The event also teaches them life lessons.

“There’s so much negative influence out there, and if we don’t provide any balance or positivity in their lives, that negative influence will engulf them,” First Sergeant said. David Brooks.

Brooks said the bootcamp isn’t just for kids interested in the military.

“There are no military requirements involved. I’m not a recruiter. I just want to bring that positivity into their lives whether they’re thinking about the military or not. But if they’re thinking about the military, I’ll provide them with advice on the military if that’s a route they decide to go down,” Brooks said.

The bootcamp is aimed at young men aged 12 to 15. It will take place on July 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

For more information or to register, contact the African American Military History Museum at 601-450-1942, visit or email [email protected]

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