Oregon State University hosted the 11th Annual African American Youth Leadership Conference – and what a successful day it was! High school students from the Salem-Keizer School District were in attendance and heard from speakers, attended a variety of workshops and got to enjoy special entertainment during lunch from members of OSU’s African American Greek Life organizations. The theme of the conference was P.R.I.D.E.: Proud Responsible Individuals Dedicated to Excellence (Connect with Your Future: Dream, Focus, Plan, and Achieve Your Goals)
The goals of this conference are to promote positive youth development in African/African American youth and multicultural youth of African descent by:
- Raising awareness on how to achieve personal goals
- Emphasizing the value of education
- Empowering future leadership (responsibility)
- Establishing a sense of community
- Increasing personal self-esteem and affirm cultural awareness
Always a pleasure to participate and host such a program.