Second class graduates from Yadkin NETworX program

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Graduates of the NETworX Yadkin program.

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On June 6, NETworX Yadkin held its second Training Class graduation at Yadkinville United Methodist Church. NETworX is a program designed to build relationships across lines of socio-economic class, culture, and race, with the goal of securing well-being together.

The program consists of a 15-week training class, followed by work in smaller networks as participants build supportive relationships and work towards individual and community-level goals. Thirteen men and women graduated from the NETworX training class. In addition, 12 children were recognized for completing the NETworX Kids program.

Crystal Imes, who wrote and taught the children’s curriculum, said, “I wrote the curriculum so that NETworX could promote the well-being of all members of the family. What better way to eliminate poverty than to teach children how to set goals in order to achieve dreams while they are still young?” The children’s lessons were adapted from themes used in the adult curriculum, and included topics like needs versus wants, stress relief and goal setting.

Graduates from this program will begin working on some of their goals together immediately, including participation in a six-week food and nutrition course offered through collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank.

The next 15-week training session of NETworX is slated to begin in mid-September. To find out more information about participating in this program, email Laura Beach at or call/text 540-420-0352. Volunteers also are needed to assist with meals, childcare and transportation. Those interested in volunteering, contact Meals and Childcare Coordinator Crystal Imes at 336-671-3109 or

Graduates of the NETworX Yadkin program. of the NETworX Yadkin program. Submitted photo

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