Previous Events

Colorado College hosted another successful celebration with their All People's Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Ryan P. Haygood ’97, Esq. presenting “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” The breakfast was followed by a community rally and march. In addition to attending these events, AAYLC members were available to inform people about the conference.

1/20/20 - MLK Celebration at Colorado College

We can't express how inspiring it is to speak with students about their futures. This year's ECOC encouraged students to "Keep Moving Forward" and was well attended. At our vendor table, several AAYLC members met with attendees to discuss our resources and upcoming conference. We appreciated the opportunity to be involved with such an amazing event.

1/18/20 - Educating Children of Color (ECOC)

'Tis the season to be jolly! Tremendous joy was felt by all at the Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway. Our board, committee members, and our families volunteered for this incredible event. The delight we saw on the people's faces as they received books, stuffed animals, bikes, clothes, toys, and groceries was truly amazing. Committee members Brenda Bell and Kathy Hardy Jones (pictured) showed their spirit with fancy Christmas hats! 

12/21/19 - Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway

The AAYLC was honored to be one of the non-profit organizations participating in this annual statewide movement. We were humbled by the tremendous out-pour of philanthropy on this great day! All donations will be used for our annual conference, scholarships and special programs. Thank you to everyone who supported us through this fundraiser.

12/10/19 - Colorado Gives Day

The annual pre-Kwanzaa event was a unique facet in the Colorado Springs African-American community. From the moment you walked in you were immediately immersed in a world full of striking colors, inescapable rhythms, and delectable foods from across the globe. Everywhere you went was something new to see, hear, taste and explore. The AAYLC was honored to participate as a vendor.

11/02/19 - Pre-Kwanzaa African Marketplace

More than 6,000 people attended the 27th Annual Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire. Each person had the opportunity to bid on the beautiful wreaths donated by various organizations, businesses, and governmental entities. The AAYLC was among 25 organizations to provide a wreath for this event. A special thank you goes to AAYLC member Collet Thornton, who made our "Winter Wonderland" wreath.

11/02/19 - Castle Rock Craft Show

Due to the generosity of the local chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, twenty AAYLC students and their parents heard the amazing sounds of Grammy Award winner Nicholas Payton at the Pikes Peak Center. His United States debut of the Black American Symphony and Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain was like no other! We appreciate the opportunity for our students to explore the arts.

10/25/19 - Nicholas Payton with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Pop open the trunk and find a treat! AAYLC member, Patrica McKenzie and family made the evening frightful at the annual trunk or treat at Fort Carson. The night was filled with costumes, laughter and lots of candy. We greeted over 2,500 kids and provided information on our 2020 conference.

10/20/19 - Trunk or Treat

This year's students are ready to step up and speak up! We had a great turnout for our Student Advisory kick-off meeting. These bold, creative, and energetic youth are ready to make their mark on the 2020 African American Youth Leadership Conference.

10/19/19 - Student Advisory Committee

The AAYLC enjoyed being one of 23 vendors at the Poetry719 Pre-Festival: Art Market at The Social in Colorado Springs. There were many artists with varying media and an open mic for poetry. Our booth was strategically located so attendees could not enter or leave without walking by our beautiful and energetic team members! Thank you to everyone who visited our table.

10/12/19 - Poetry 719 Pre-Festival Art Market

Several AAYLC members attended the Peak Education Mix & Mingle event which was held at the old Ivywild School. During the event, members of the Peak Education board and executive committees shared the history of the organization and the immense impact it has had in the Colorado Springs community over the last two decades. We appreciated the opportunity to participate in this event and strengthen our partnership with such a powerful organization. 

10/02/19 - Peak Education Mix & Mingle

Senior Associate Dean of Students - Rochelle -Dickey Mason and Dean of Students - Mike Edmonds invited the AAYLC, along with two other community partners, to co-host a dinner. It was a privilege to converse with students who did not have family visiting them during the weekend. We appreciate the opportunity to spend time with these amazing students!

09/28/19 - Colorado College - Friends & Family Weekend

The feedback from our College Scholarship Workshop was tremendous! With over 200 participants, our event provided tips and tricks from a variety of organizations. Our keynote speaker, Tanika Mangum from the United Negro College Fund, made quite the impression on attendees. We would like to thank our presenters, supporters and attendees for making this seminar a success. 

09/18/19 - College Scholarship Workshop

Due to your support, our Outlets at Castle Rock - Shopping Extravaganza fundraiser was a huge success! We had a winning combination of ticket sales, great weather and YOU! Seeing all the smiles, shopping bags, prizes winners and wine tasters was priceless.  The AAYLC was honored to participate in this event for a 3rd year.  We simply could not have done it without you.  We hope to see you next year!

09/14/19 - Outlets at Castle Rock - Shopping Extravaganza

The time has begun to start planning for our 2020 conference.  We kicked-off the new planning year with a bang!  Over 40 people attended this initial meeting.  We appreciate all of the new volunteers who joined the team.   This year is going to be amazing!

09/04/19 - Kick-Off Meeting

The AAYLC graciously received tickets for students to view Theatrework's latest production The Mountaintop. The recipients were grateful for the opportunity to attend this powerful show and discuss their thoughts with the cast afterwards. We appreciate your generosity.

08/31/19 - UCCS Theatreworks presents The Mountaintop

AAYLC's Vanessa Little welcomed children of all ages and backgrounds to discover culture, community, and literacy through a variety of stories. Since the theme was conquering fears, the children whispered one of their greatest fears into a balloon, blew it up, then let it go. They are not afraid of that anymore! 

08/17/19 - Stories with Miss Vanessa

Each year the AAYLC meets to recap our achievements and create a path for our future. With over 26 years of service, we look forward to continuing to serve our community.

08/17/19 - AAYLC Strategic Planning Meeting

Board Secretary, Nicole Frazier, taught "How to Build a Website" to students in the Entrepreneur Nation technical club. Supported by the Colorado Association of Black School Educators (CABSE), this organization enables students to experience STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities first-hand. We appreciate the opportunity to spend time with these amazing students. 

07/12/19 - The Entrepreneur Nation

Several AAYLC members attended the 2nd Annual T. Rowe Price (TRP) Community Fair. This event was a great opportunity to speak with TRP associates about volunteering for future events, and networking with other community organizations. We thank T. Rowe Price for their continued support of the AAYLC. 

06/20/19 - T. Rowe Price Community Fair

Board Treasurer, Stephane Wallace, (pictured with Rep. Tony Exum Sr.), was honored to attend the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region's 140th Anniversary Celebration on June 6th.  Our thanks goes to the YMCA for having such a tremendous impact in the community.  The AAYLC is grateful to partner with the YMCA in making a difference for youth in the Pikes Peak region.

06/06/19 - YMCA 140th Anniversary Celebration 

And the winner is...the AAYLC. Yay! We were humbled to be honored with the Peoples Choice Golden Ticket Award for Social Impact. Thank you My Black Colorado and all of the voters for selecting us! If you are unfamiliar with My Black Colorado, it is time to discover the ways they are connecting people through their beautiful magazine. To learn more about this amazing organization, click here: My Black Colorado

05/19/19 - My Black Colorado: Peoples Choice Awards

The Colorado Non-Profit Association rolled out the red carpet for all of their members. Several AAYLC board members enjoyed an evening of celebration and fellowship at Old Chicago in Colorado Springs.

05/09/19 - African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC)

The AAYLC is continuously looking for eager volunteers who want to serve their community. We recently attended the "Get on Board" event at Colorado College. All of the enthusiasm and people visiting our table was greatly appreciated. If you are interested in sharing your talents on our Planning Committee or Board of Directors, please contact us at

04/23/19 - Get on Board

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!

03/09/19 - African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC)

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!

01/21/19 - Celebrating the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

01/19/19 - Educating Children of Color (ECOC)

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.  

12/22/19 - Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway


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