Henry Oakes is bringing Tomorrow’s Footprints to Central Texas.
A nonprofit organization that was founded to help disadvantaged youth, Tomorrow’s Footprints has branches in Atlanta and New York, where it was founded.
Oakes, a native of Queens, N.Y., is establishing a branch in Central Texas and, to raise awareness of the nonprofit organization, is throwing a Back 2 School Blast for students Aug. 25.
“We have dance. We have karate,” Oakes said. “We’re working on getting a recording studio. We have computer classes. We’re trying to provide life skills.”
Providing children and young adults with resources and information to help improve their lives is one of the founding principles of Tomorrow’s Footprints. To that end, Oakes also started connecting with the community’s law enforcement and juvenile authorities.
Tomorrow’s Footprints was founded in April by MC Sha-Rock, founding member of Funky Four Plus One and the first female MC in a hip-hop group. Oakes, who owns In Da Cuts Recording Studio in Killeen, met MC Sha-Rock through the studio and she asked him to help with Tomorrow’s Footsteps, he said.
The Back 2 School Blast will be held at American Shotokan Karate Academy in Killeen. Free classes, demonstrations, food, entertainment and school supplies giveaways will be featured.
“We’re going to have a karate demo, and we’re going to have dance instruction,” said Tia Evette, the academy’s dance instructor. “(We are) helping each other out. Let people know we’re here, and at the same time, we’re helping out Tomorrow’s Footprints.”
While its primary demographic is young adults 13-18, the Back 2 School Blast is open to everyone.
“I’m basically trying to get it more of a household name and let everybody know what we’re providing for single moms and kids,” Oakes said. “We’re going to open an office next month.”
If you go
The Back 2 School Blast is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at the American Shotokan Academy, 3800 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Suite 102, Killeen. For more information, call 254-699-0577.