Previous Events

African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC)

March 9, 2019

Our 2019 AAYLC is in the books as a resounding success with more than 1,000 students, parents, presenters and volunteers. We received direct feedback indicating that attendees and guests found the conference to be a “great success” that was “well organized” with “quite a variety of diverse class offerings” that offered “something for everyone”. Thank YOU!

Celebrating the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 21, 2019

The AAYLC was proud to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on Monday, January 21st.  Our premier sponsor, Colorado College, began the day with the All People's Breakfast.  The AAYLC had a table located at Colorado College - Worner Center.  We enjoyed meeting everyone!

January 19, 2019

Educating Children of Color (ECOC)

The African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) was excited to participate as a vendor for the ECOC annual conference.   We met with many students who will be attending our conference.  We look forward to a great turnout on Saturday, March 9th.

Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway

December 22, 2018

Tis the season of giving!  Tremendous joy was felt by all at the Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway. Our Board and Planning Committee members, and our families volunteered for this incredible event. The delight we saw on the family's faces as they received books, stuffed animals, bikes, clothes, toys, and groceries was truly amazing.  groceries was truly amazing.  

December 4, 2018

Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. The AAYLC was honored to be one of the non-profit organizations participating this year.  All funds will help with our annual conference, scholarships and programs. Thank you to all the people who donated through this program.   We are humbled by the tremendous out pour of support on this great day!   Thank you!

Pre-Kwanzaa African Marketplace

November 17, 2018

The holidays are right around the corner.   This incredible Pre-Kwanzaa African Marketplace event gave vendors an opportunity to share their merchandise in the community before the holidays.  The African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) enjoyed having a table at this event.   Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see us!

Student Leadership Advisory Committee

October 25, 2018

We had some impressive students that wanted to step up and speak up at our AAYLC Student Leadership Advisory Committee. Our goal is to have students provide valuable input for the 2019 conference. We are excited to work with these bold, creative and energetic students.

October 20, 2018

Mile High Flight Program Kick Off Meeting

We had an amazing turnout at the Mile High Flight Program kick-off meeting. This organization is part of the Tuskegee Airman, Inc. - Hubert L. "Hooks" Jones Chapter for Denver & Colorado Springs. They focus on students, in grades 7 - 12, who want to fly airplanes, be an air traffic controller, work as an aerospace engineer, or just love aviation. The AAYLC enjoyed speaking about the conference, networking, and touring the United Airlines Training Center in Denver. The picture on the right shows the Wilkerson family, their son attends the AAYLC, with Fed Ex Captain John Frazier.

Welcome Reception for Newly Selected District 11 Superintendent 

October 2, 2018

College Bound Program

September 29, 2018

The African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) partnered with Wells Fargo to conduct a FREE Informational Workshops for College Bound Students in 9th – 12th grades and their Parents/Guardians.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this event.

AAYLC Fundraiser - Shopping Extravangza



The African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) enjoyed spending an amazing day with you!  We shopped, ate, laughed, won prizes, got chair massages, took photos, listened to music, danced, made new friends and shopped some more.  Thank you for making this event a huge success!  We appreciate your continued support and hope to see you again next year!  

September 15, 2018

The AAYLC and the Colorado Association of Black School Educators (CABSE) jointly hosted a Welcome Reception for Dr. Michael J. Thomas, newly selected School District 11 Superintendent. Dr. Thomas was humbled by all the support he had in Colorado Springs. Thank you to everyone who attended this incredible event. We look forward to a strong partnership with Dr. Thomas.

July 9, 2018

Black Panther Screening & Panel Discussion

The AAYLC had a great time on the panel at the Pueblo City-County Library event.  Wakanda forever lives in our hearts.  Thank you for your participation and support.

T. Rowe Price Community Involvement Fair

This event enable various groups in the community to showcase themselves to the T-Rowe Price Community.  Thank you for a wonderful event T. Rowe Price.   We enjoyed meeting all the amazing employees interested in serving their community.

May 30, 2018

Oratorical Contest

April 28, 2018

The African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) was honored to judge the oratorical contest for the Jack & Jill of America, Inc. - Central Region West Division.  These students spoke on the topic of "If I Could Go Back In Time, I Would Ask My Ancestors..."   We couldn't be more proud of the students who participated.

Get on Board

April 24, 2018

Leadership Pikes Peak and Center for Nonprofit Excellence hosted its annual "Get on Board" event.   The African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) had an opportunity to meet people who may want to participate with the organization.   We appreciate everyone who stopped by our table to learn more about us and our Board of Directors.

Book Summary Lottery

April 20, 2018

The African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) received a  grant from Gazette Charities to provide books to students at our annual conference.  We received some impressive book summaries.  Thank you to all students that participated.  Congratulations to our winners - Jonathan Matoke, Leslie Roebke  and Ciera Staples!          

College Bound Program

April 7, 2018

The African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) partnered with Wells Fargo to conduct a FREE Informational Workshops for College Bound Students in 9th – 12th grades and their Parents/Guardians.  Thank you for participating in this valuable session.

Dining for a Cause

April 4, 2018

Thanks to our supporters the AAYLC fundraiser with HuHot was a success!  We appreciate your attendance and look forward to your continued support at future events.

African American Youth Leadership Conference

March 10, 2018

Thank you for attending the 2018 African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC).  We had a record number of students, schools and parents.  We are grateful for all of your support and look forward to seeing you next year!


College Readiness & Success

February 28, 2018

Thank you for your attendance at the El Pomar Foundation College Readiness and Success Program.   The AAYLC enjoyed meeting you at our table.


25th Anniversary Celebration

"Dream Big" Gala

January 20, 2018

Thank  you for celebrating 25 years of the African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC).  We appreciate all of the support we received from our previous, current or new volunteers, partners and sponsors. This momentous occasion drew over 400 guests.  We are truly thankful for your attendance!

30th Anniversary Curated Screening

October 17, 2017

Thank you for attendance and support for the AAYLC and the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute FREE screening of IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE.  We had an amazing turnout for this film.

Castle Rock Outlet Mall - 

Shopping Extravaganza

September 16, 2017

Thank you for supporting the AAYLC fundraiser.  Everyone enjoyed great discounts, food and fun with family and friends.  See you next year!


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