DeKalb Youth Services Brings Back Virtual Chess and Leadership Summer Training – On Common Ground News

DEKALB COUNTY, GA — Be Someone Inc., the Stone Mountain-based youth development organization that has taught more than 88,000 young people how to make the right choices in their lives by learning to play chess, has been named to the range of virtual summer camps offered by DeKalb County.

Registration is now open for the eight-week “Chess for Success” program, which will be held every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from June 4 to July 23. Classes are designed for ages 8 to 18 and are free.

Be Someone founder, head coach and strategist Orrin Hudson, who has traveled the world to teach his program, will provide the instruction. Hudson attended the World Chess Championship match in Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier this year and was honored to be invited minutes before the event to sit in Ian Nepomniachtchi’s chair and to predict his first opening move against Magus Carlsen, the resigning world chess champion.

Hudson is excited about the opportunity to continue teaching young DeKalbs in his hometown. He calls the classes “meeting of the minds”, virtual learning that will not only teach young people how to play and succeed at chess, but also provide them with invaluable life skills such as how to accept failure and learn of every decision you make.

Hudson was an at-risk kid growing up who was taught the game of chess by a high school teacher who saw potential in him.

“It changed me, but more importantly it saved me,” Hudson said. “I have dedicated my life to reaching as many young people as possible through this wonderful game that teaches so much.”

Hudson, who served in the U.S. Air Force and was an Alabama state trooper before founding Be Someone in 2000, believes the timing of chess lessons is critical.

“Given the rise in violence among our young people that we are witnessing in our communities right now, it is time they knew how to choose peace over violence and how to think before they move. We have to show them that every move they make has a consequence,” Hudson said. “Our children need hope. When they lose hope, they make bad decisions. My classes teach young people how to make the right moves on the chessboard and in life.

The eight-week course is more than just learning to play chess. During these two summer months, students will be personally mentored by Hudson who will use his own life lessons to encourage them to “make every move their best move with the future in mind; keep your head up, your pants up, your notes high and never give up; and think about it, don’t shoot it.

The “Chess for Success” program is one of many virtual programs sponsored by DeKalb County Youth Services.

The Be Someone class will have a maximum of 100 participants, so early registration is encouraged.

For more information: www.dekalboys.org. Scroll down the list until you find “Chess for Success” and click on the icon or click on this link https://dekalboys.org/chess-class/. You can find out more about Hudson and Be Someone at www.besomeone.org.

Photo courtesy of Be Someone.



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