We are excited to launch our new festival gear! When you make a purchase in our virtual store on Teespring.com it helps us help the youth! The logo design is made in creative collaboration with a youth artist, DJ Clarke. All proceeds go towards the festival so we can continue keeping the event totally free for families to enjoy in 2024. We hope you will rock your Just Be You Children's Festival gear with joy and happiness. Thank you for your support. We decided to have an online store as we are very much conscious of our carbon footprint and being eco-friendly. Plus, we can offer more variety with the virtual store. So shop away! We have hoodies, t-shirts, mugs, and more! Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of children and families! Buy your gear TODAY helps us with the festival for 2024!
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The mission of the Just Be You Children’s Festival of Easton™ was achieved and a tremendous success with outstanding and positive outcomes. We concluded the event with a youth award ceremony. Seen in this photo, with Mahogany Reynolds, is musician-artist-photographer-filmmaker and community service volunteer, DJ Clarke, and Ja'siah Young, Emmy-Nominated actor of the Netflix series "Raising Dion" and community role model. We are so proud of them! What wonderful result of this event. More photos soon!
The 2nd Annual Just Be You Children's Festival of Easton® was held at the awesome outdoor space, Scott Park & Stage, located in downtown Easton, Pennsylvania. Children from all backgrounds and cultures enjoyed interactive activities plus were inspired and entertained by performances.
The Delaware River waterfall in downtown Easton is a wonderful attraction to enjoy. We offered a sensory-friendly area set up on the lawn; away from the stage, with creative arts & crafts plus science activities that children to enjoyed.
We were excited to move the festival to Scott Park & Stage. This is a lovely spacious park overlooking the scenic Delaware River and includes a fun playground for kids. Families spread out and relaxed on the lawn during the festival. Our festival is designed to encourage family-connection. We offered creativity and exhibits that encouraged interaction!
Families who attended the festival, thank you for helping us keep the park clean during the children's festival by tossing your trash in the bins or bringing your own portable container for your recyclable items. We worked as a community to keep the park lovely for all to enjoy. This was a children and teen based event. The JBY children's festival is a smoke-free, drug-free, alcohol free event.
Motivating and empowering the youth to believe in themselves is the hallmark of Mahogany Reynolds' legacy as a mentor, coach and teacher. Come be inspired by her motivational speech presented in an interactive talk show format to engage the youth. Children will be invited on stage to have an engaging conversation with Ms. Mahogany. Plus, have some fun during her energetic dance-along as she teaches us how to Detroit Hustle. Her way of paying homage to her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
For over 20 years, Mahogany Reynolds has mentored the youth through various philanthropic programs on the East Coast and around the world through her virtual platforms and programs.
"The Just Be You Festival of Easton is an event designed with children and teens in mind with a focus on family engagement and cultural diversity. Children will be inspired and celebrated during this family-friendly event. Your donation is greatly appreciated." --Ms. Mahogany
The 2nd Annual Just Be You Children's Festival of Easton is made possible thanks largely to the continued support of key sponsor, the Mayor's Office of Special Events. We greatly appreciate Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr. for being a proud supporter of the festival's mission to uplift the youth and bring diverse families together.
Mayor Panto's track record as a former teacher in the Easton Area School District coupled with numerous leadership roles in the community is in perfect alignment with the mission of the Just Be You Children's Festival of Easton. Which is to inspire and empower the youth to embrace their natural talents and to be ambassadors of their own wellness and happiness.
We are grateful for the continued support of the dynamic Da Vinci Science Center located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Their mission is to bring science to life and lives to science. They are hosting fun and interactive science activities at the festival on Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2023. You don't want to miss it!
The Da Vinci Science Center’s roots were planted in 1992. The 29,000-square-foot facility in Allentown has become a major attraction with exhibits and programs that make science fun and accessible for learners of all ages. We are excited to have them return as a sponsor of engaging STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) activities at the festival on both the 19th & 20th so don't miss the fun!.
We are thrilled to welcome a new sponsor, the beautiful and historic Grand Eastonian Hotel & Suites. Since 1927 they have provided warm hospitality, historic charm, and stunning river and city views for their guests. Their commitment to excellence and community growth are in alignment with Just Be You Performing Arts.
The Grand Eastonian Hotel & Suites mission to provide warm hospitality is in perfect alignment with the children's festival family-oriented focus. We are excited to host the Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival™, a new edition to this year's children's festival, in the Grand Eastonian Hotel & Suites lovely Gold Room. Space is limited. The film festival screenings will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2023.
Thanks to the support of the Grand Eastonian Hotel & Suites they will provide yummy popcorn for kids to enjoy at the film festival screening day! Afterwards, families can enjoy their gorgeous terrace for social hour and networking (weather permitting). We'll be screening amazing short-films by talented youth filmmakers from all around the world on Thursday, August 17, 2023 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Gold Room.
We wish to thank the FastSigns of Easton team for donating the printing of the festival's banner, poster, and table runner. Their commitment to excellence is in alignment with Just Be You Performing Arts, which strives for excellence in all we do.
We are proud to have Wegmans return as a festival sponsor again this year. Wegmans is a family-owned company, founded in 1916 and headquartered in Rochester, NY. Their commitment to communities are in alignment with Just Be You Performing Arts, which is also a family-owned business.
Wegmans' mission to provide families with healthy food choices is in perfect alignment with the children's festival wellness focus. Thanks to the support of Wegmans we are able to provide yummy and healthy snacks for kids to enjoy at the festival. (while supplies last) food allergies disclaimer - we cannot guarantee products contain no food allergies)
Weis Markets, located in Easton, PA shares our commitment to community service. With over 100 years of history, being self-reliant and committed to being good neighbors, Weis Markets' values on giving back are in wonderful alignment with the mission of the festival. We appreciate their donation and encouragement.
Supporting JBY's love of creativity, the Banana Factory Arts Center will sponsor an engaging art-demo facilitated by teaching-artist, Rebecca Kelly. Located in Bethlehem, PA, they are operated by ArtsQuest, and provide a variety of opportunities for artists. We look forward to more collaborations with the awesome Banana Factory and ArtsQuest.
Danielle and Camille Jefferson are consistent supporters of Just Be You Performing Arts. Their donations have helped us provide stellar youth programming over the past several years. These multi-talented teens from Brooklyn, New York are medal winning track and field athletes, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater trained dancers, stellar academic students, and overall just wonderful young ladies. We truly appreciate their support and know that great things are in their future.
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