Our virtual conference was a success. Although the conference was in a different format, we were excited to deliver the same quality of excellence in our programming as we have done in the past. For seven weeks, we focused on themed workshops including: Personal Growth, College/Workforce Readiness, Entrepreneurship, Black History, S.T.E.A.M., Financial Literacy, and Leadership. Thank you to all the presenters and attendees that made our conference a success! We look forward to serving you again in the future.
12/08/2020 - Colorado Gives Day
“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” ~Alice Walker We cannot deny that 2020 has been a year which took most of us by surprise. What started out as a year full of promise—a year in which we would finally see clearly—turned into a year of uncertainty and blurred vision. We’ve held onto hope that the world will be better soon. The evidence to support this? YOU. Your contribution to AAYLC proves that there are those who see the value in investing in today’s youth…in planting seeds today that will produce a great harvest tomorrow. Thank you for your generosity and partnering with us to continue the legacy of “Youth Building Respect & Responsibility for Future Success.”
10/27/20 (Sat) - 2nd Annual College Scholarship Workshop
Thank you to everyone who participated in our virtual scholarship event. Mary Williams, Director of Outreach & Recruitment for United Negro College Fund (UNCF) was truly outstanding! She provided insight into navigating the scholarship application process, tips for securing scholarships, and ways for creating the perfect essay. The AAYLC wants to see students attain their dreams and goals. Check out our scholarship resource page under the WeAreAAYLC tab.
Reference Materials - Document #1- College Checklist and Document #2 - Walk-In Flyer
The Outlets at Castle Rock - Shopping Extravaganza fundraiser was another huge success! We were honored to participate in this "shop-for-a cause" event for a fourth year. Although the event was modified to maximize participant safety, everyone had a great time. With our winning combination of ticket sales, great weather, and our supporters, nothing could stop our fun! Seeing all the shopping bags and prize winners was priceless. We hope to see you next year!
8/15/20 - SocialSEO's Climb to the Clouds Honoring the AAYLC
SocialSEO, the number one digital marketing firm in America, is making a difference in our community. Despite the smoke from the wildfires, on August 15th, a climbing crew trekked to the summit of Colorado's Quandary Peak (14,265' elevation) to honor and benefit the African American Youth Leadership Conference. Their efforts raised over $2,300. We simply can't thank them enough for their generosity. We look forward to a growing partnership for many years to come. For more information on this amazing company, visit their website here.
3/07/20 - African American Youth Leadership Conference
On behalf of the AAYLC planning committee and the board of directors, we would like to thank all the students, sponsors, donors, presenters, entertainers, parents, and volunteers for making the March 7, 2020 conference a great success! Our 2020 Vision came to fruition with over 575 participating students. These energetic young people represented 15 districts and over 65 schools. Over 50 dynamic presenters provided actionable and practical tools to help our youth bring their vision for life into focus. The day was filled with educational opportunities providing new insights that empowered students to #SeeBeyondNow. Again, we thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you next year.
2/23/20 - 7th Annual Multicultural Black History Program
Several members of AAYLC had the privilege of attending OneBody Ent’s 7th Annual Multicultural Black History Program which was held on February 23rd. It was a pleasure to be among several vendors and 100+ attendees of the event which featured a variety of performances from members of the Greater Colorado Springs community. The entire event was a crowd-pleaser - from the energetic performances by local artists, to the historical enactments by several brave youth, to the grand fashion show finale. We commend OneBody Ent for continuing to build upon the richness of the United States’ Black history.
2/18/20 - Palmer High School History Program
Shantelle Nix, Executive Director, was honored to be invited to attend the Black History program at Palmer High School. A big "thank you" goes out to the students for their tribute to black Americans who made an imprint in history, and significant contributions to society. Shantelle also had the opportunity to discuss the upcoming conference.
2/4/20 - It Takes a Village
Greg Johnson, from Black Beat Productions, wanted to provide a platform to discuss ways to help students succeed in our society today. The team of community leaders explored a variety of relevant issues that define student success. These topics included: problems that hinder children of color from being proficient in school, promotion of student success, and assistance in navigating the educational system. Pictured are panelists Dr. Theresa Newsom, Sharon Tunson, Dr. Ron Wynn (AAYLC Founder), Jeff Bryant, and Dr. George Houston
1/20/20 - MLK Celebration at Colorado College
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.
1/18/20 - Educating Children of Color (ECOC)
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.