Youth invited to conference


Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.

Do you have a purpose or a vision for your life? And if so, do you know how to make it happen?

Facts

YOUTH CONFERENCE

What: The inaugural Youth Empowerment Conference for youth and young adults.
When: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 16.
Where: University of Florida, Physics Building, Room 1001, corner of Museum Road and Gale Lemerand Drive.
Cost: Free, but registration required.
Information: Call 352-519-2093 or email actso.rbrown@gmail.com.

If the answer is No, and you are 15-25 years old, then the free inaugural Youth Empowerment Conference is an event you probably should attend.

The Youth Empowerment Conference, which is being held in conjunction with the 2013 King Celebration, will take place from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 16 at the University of Florida in the Physics Building, Room 1001 on the corner of Museum Road and Gale Lemerand Drive. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida.

Registration is available through the day of the conference by calling 352-519-2093, at www.employedbymyvision.com or via email at actso.rbrown@gmail.com.

Rahkia Brown, director of the Youth Empowerment Conference, said the conference is designed to empower youth and young adults to figure out what they want in life, to identify the talents and gifts they can use, and to provide a step-by-step road map to success. The theme of the conference is “Discovering Purpose, Creating Vision.”

Brown said the keynote speaker will be Davie resident Darius Brown, a motivational speaker and life coach and founder and president of Employed By My Vision Inc.

Rahkia Brown said she will deliver the welcome and talk about the importance of having a purpose and fighting for it. She said the program also will include a question-and-answer segment led by a panel of men and women who will share how they have overcome obstacles to achieve success.

The panelists will include Sabreen Brown, co-founder of the UF Women of Respect, Achievement, Perseverance and Service, or WRAPS; Capt. Dave Bridges, a freight airline pilot; Joseph Johnson, assistant director in the UF Office of Academic Support, and Stephanie Pollard, a community health educator and founder of Health Workshops R Us.

“Darius (Brown) will empower participants to figure out who they want to be and what they want to do with their lives,” said Rahkia Brown, who also is a program assistant for Kids Count of Alachua County Inc., an after-school program, and founder and past chairwoman of the Alachua County NAACP branch of ACTSO, or Afro Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics.

“I feel called to work with youth in the community,” said Rahkia Brown. “I want to help students get the tools to be successful and to reach their full potential. I hope participants leave the conference with clear directions, a fresh inspiration and the confidence to live out their purpose.”

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