Former MHS standout returns to mentor students at Project Reclaim

Many children attending Project Reclaim’s Youth Leadership Institute this summer have grown up in environments with no role models for success, no example to follow but those of complacency, stagnancy, and even violence.

CJ Elkins, a senior and basketball player at Southern Arkansas University, grew up in Minden in those same situations, but he was able to rise above expectations, earning a basketball scholarship to further his educational and athletic opportunities.

Thursday, Elkins shared his story with kids in the Youth Leadership Institute program, focusing on the summer-long theme “Bring your ‘A’ Game.”



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