Sunday, March 10, 2019

DC Area Coalition to Host Black Youth Leadership Symposium


Washington, DC  The DMV Youth Leadership Coalition has announced that registration is now open for its joint symposium event at the University of Maryland, College Park's Adele H. Stamp Student Union. The Saturday, April 20, 2019 event will feature workshop facilitators, panelists and exhibitors, and is intended for high school students (grades 9-12) and parenting adults. Attendees will also be treated to a catered lunch.

The purpose of the daylong event (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is to provide Washington, DC/Metro area youths with a more accurate definition of Authentic Leadership while giving parenting adults the information they need to ensure their children gain proficiency in this area.
According to the 4-H National Youth Survey on Leadership (2016), ninety percent (90%) of young people say they are concerned about the future leadership of America, and two-thirds are more confident in the next generation of leaders than in the leaders they see today.

More specifically, the online Harris Poll of 1,501 of the nation's 9th through 12 grade students revealed the following:

  • Most youth (81%) think leaders today are more concerned with their own agendas than with achieving the goals of their organizations.
  • Seventy-six percent (76%) say leaders are focused on different priorities than what matters most to them.
  • Half of youth rate government and political leaders as having weak leadership (51%), among the highest relative to other groups of leaders examined in the survey. Overall, weak leadership is related to not accomplishing what is promised (59%); not working collaboratively (56%); and not offering new solutions (53%).
  • Most youth (96%) think leadership is important to addressing the country's most pressing issues; but only one in three young people says they have the skills they need to be prepared to lead.
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Throughout the day, youth registrants will attend interactive workshops on Holistic Mentorship, College Readiness, Youth Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy. They will also hear from a select group of panelists, who will testify to the mindsets and behaviors that allowed them to become leaders right where they are.

A separate strand of workshops will be held for adult registrants. Adult professionals from area colleges/universities and corporations will be on hand to help parents better understand the unique role they play in helping children prepare for college and career. During the Community Resource Showcase, adult registrants will be introduced to organizations that offer programming that increases youths' confidence and competencies by providing outlets for personal and professional development.

The Early Bird Registration fee is $10 for individuals and $20 for groups of three. After Wednesday, March 20th, the price increases to $15 for individuals and $30 for groups of three. On-site registration is unavailable for this event.

Register for the joint symposium event before March 20th at: (option: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.).

Reserve your space at the Community Resource Showcase at:

The 2019 Joint Symposium for Youths and Adults at the University of Maryland, College Park is produced by the DMV Youth Leadership Coalition in association with the University of Maryland, College Park chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Everyday Mentorship, LLC, ACHIEVEMENT SQUARE Development & Training Centers, Inc. and the Brickers Foundation.

For additional information about the DMV Youth Leadership Coalition, visit:

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