Previous Events

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

10/3 & 10/4 (Sat & Sun) - Shopping Extravaganza "Social Distance Style" Fundraiser

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.

12/21/19 - Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway

'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! 

12/10/19 - Colorado Gives Day

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.

11/02/19 - Pre-Kwanzaa African Marketplace

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 - Castle Rock Craft Show

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.

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

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.

10/20/19 - Trunk or Treat

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.

10/19/19 - Student Advisory Committee

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.

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

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.

10/02/19 - Peak Education Mix & Mingle

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. 

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

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!

09/18/19 - College Scholarship Workshop

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. 

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

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!

09/04/19 - Kick-Off Meeting

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!

08/31/19 - UCCS Theatreworks presents The Mountaintop

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.

08/17/19 - Stories with Miss Vanessa

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 - AAYLC Strategic Planning Meeting

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.

07/12/19 - The Entrepreneur Nation

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. 

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

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. 

06/06/19 - YMCA 140th Anniversary Celebration 

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.

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

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

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

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.

04/23/19 - Get on Board

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

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

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!

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

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!

01/19/19 - 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.

12/22/19 - Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveaway

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.  


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