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Rising Senior Interns as a Trial Court Assistant, Launches All-Girls Summer Camp

July 2015

Takeyshia JohnsonEnglish major Takeyshia Johnson, C'2016, is experiencing a busy, but rewarding summer combining her love for law and community outreach in West Helena, Arkansas. 

An aspiring lawyer, Johnson works as a trial court assistant in the First Judicial District of Philips County, Arkansas, while also operating and funding her own all-girls summer camp. Working closely with Circuit Judge L.T. Simes II, Johnson's duties include performing administrative operations ranging from documentation processing and communications/report production and information management, to appointment scheduling and high-volume phone management.

Aside from her court duties, Johnson also operates Sisters in Solidarity to Achieve Success, or SISTAS, an all-girls camp for girls ages 8 to 14. This free, six-week camp inspires girls through healthy relationships, mentorship, education, and exposure to Christ. According to Johnson, SISTAS strives to provide young girls in underserved geographic areas with the tools necessary to grow into virtuous women. During the program, girls acquire reading, writing and oratory skills to develop effective communication skills while learning and interpreting Bible scriptures; cooking  and making healthy food choices; and taking educational field trips. 

Johnson said she remains committed to making a difference in the girls' lives.

"I truly believe that God has a divine purpose for me in this small town," said Johnson, a Memphis native whose future plans include practicing entertainment law and opening two charter schools. "I'm not saying that I can change everything, but I have made the commitment to make an impact one child at a time. I take pride in reaching back to uplift underserved youth because I realize how much potential they have."