2023 African American Youth Leadership Conference - 9th - 12th Grade
2023 AAYLC
March 04, 2023  ·  Colorado College - Reid Arena

The African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) is back for its 30th Anniversary conference!! The 2023 conference will be IN-PERSON at Colorado College on March 4th, 2023. The theme this year is Generation Now - Emerging Leaders! This conference continues the AAYLC’s effort to cultivate diverse student leaders amongst middle and high schoolers. The conference provides innovative, creative, and expansive sessions that will inspire student empowerment, knowledge, opportunity, growth, and connections.


Sessions for the event will be divided into four (4) one-hour blocks. There will be two sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon. Topics will range from Leadership, College Preparation, Black History, and Entrepreneurship to S.T.E.A.M, Personal Growth, Financial Literacy, and Workforce Readiness.


We are excited that you have decided to join us!


Agenda
Saturday, March 4
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
High School and Middle School Attendees
8:30 AM - 9:10 AM
8:30 AM - 9:10 AM
Middle School, High School and Parent Attendees
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
#ThatsNotLove: The RAW Truth about Dating Violence - Kristen Faith & TerryJosiah Sharpe - Armstrong 302
In this session, you'll learn about the differences between mental health and mental illness, as well as learn coping skills to help manage feelings of stress and anxiety.
Explore Career and Technical Educational (CTE) programs that can lead to cool careers. Students will learn police (K-9) and emergency first responder techniques, how to build and operate a robot, zoo keeping or create designing computer games.
What does it look like to be successful with the odds against you? Determine what you need to turn your barriers into scalable fences and opportunities. You will learn the level of focus you must have to be successful in this current economic climate.
MUST REGISTER FOR AND ATTEND PART 2 also. Learn how to make life goals, visualize your future self and learn the basic tools to help build your dreams.
Join a Panel of Minority Medical Professionals highlighting barriers that contribute to the underrepresentation of minorities in the medical field and provide insight to have the knowledge and confidence to pursue health professions.
Using the wisdom and lived experiences of influential Black women, such as Octavia Butler, Audre Lorde & Bell Hooks, this session develops participants' skills in self-determination and the power of naming oneself. MUST ATTEND PART 2
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Students will gain a perspective on the mechanisms of pain. Pain education will be divided into two components: Pain Science Education (i.e. how and why is pain produced?) and Pain Management Education (i.e. what should you do about your pain?).
Success Leaves Clues is an immersive participatory training that addresses the high impact habits, practices and rituals of best in class leaders who have achieve unparalleled levels of success.
This session will introduce students to Career and Technical Education (CTE), Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M) and Workforce Development (WFD) programs offered through the Pikes Peak State College and their local high schools.
MUST REGISTER FOR AND ATTEND PART 1. Learn how to make life goals, visualize your future self and learn the basic tools to help build your dreams.
Engage in dialogue, self-reflection and activities that promote leadership development. Learn more about how G.R.I.T. (guts/moxie, resiliency, integrity, tenacity) with purpose may be used to strengthen positive decision-making. "
Knowing yourself and others is a key component of leadership. Through this interactive session, students will learn about their own personality style, the styles of others, and how to effectively communicate across differences.
MUST REGISTER AND ATTEND PART 1. Using the wisdom and lived experiences of influential Black women, such as Octavia Butler, Audre Lorde & Bell Hooks, this session develops participants' skills in self-determination and the power of naming oneself.
Join community leaders and gang leaders who have experienced negative life outcomes from gangs, drugs, incarceration, and violence, who have changed and are now making a positive difference in our community.
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Race and the judicial system have been at the forefront of the news. A panel will describe their encounters in the judicial system and discuss how to recognize racial bias and guard against it to promote justice.
Learn about available career assessment and readiness tools, where to find opportunities for paid internships, apprenticeship programs, and other entry-level employment with integrated career advancement and education assistance.
Do you have an idea for a podcast? It's easier than you may think. In this session, find out how to select a topic, what equipment you need, and how to get published. Learn from a podcast pro how to get started without any money or technical skills.
What does it look like to cultivate change in your community as a young community member? Join Food to Power to explore what makes a community strong and how your voice is powerful in helping your community thrive.
The Tuskegee Airmen kicked down a lot of barriers so that WE could achieve our goals. But that's not all... They also had a leadership philosophy and personal strengths that can make you more successful at your goals.
This session will consist of a panel of Black, African American, and African college students from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Learn all the tips and tricks for preparing for and making the most of your college experience!
Engage in exercises to help you discover your unique values, interests, skills, and aptitudes (VISA). Explore college majors and career paths that align with your personal traits to clarify your vision for the future and how to get there.
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Civic engagement encourages individuals to recognize and attempt to solve real problems as they develop their leadership skills.
Learn about available career assessment and readiness tools, where to find opportunities for paid internships, apprenticeship programs, and other entry-level employment with integrated career advancement and education assistance.
Do you have an idea for a podcast? It's easier than you may think. In this session, find out how to select a topic, what equipment you need, and how to get published. Learn from a podcast pro how to get started without any money or technical skills.
An open and honest discussion about HBCU's and the school experience to include formal presentation an lengthy Q&A.
This presentation will include a diverse panel of individuals working in the judicial system. The panelists will discuss their pathway to their current jobs as judges, attorneys, probation officers, and courthouse administrators.
Learn about self-care and feeding your mind so you can always put your best out there to reach your goals, no matter what stage of life you're in.
Engage in exercises to help you discover your unique values, interests, skills, and aptitudes (VISA). Explore college majors and career paths that align with your personal traits to clarify your vision for the future and how to get there.
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
High School and Middle School Attendees
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LOCATION
Colorado College - Reid Arena, 14 East Cache La Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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Location: Colorado College - Reid Arena, 14 East Cache La Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903