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A Message from Our Executive Director

Shantelle Nix - Welcome to the AAYLC

Welcome to the African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC)!

The AAYLC continues to embark on an amazing journey to uphold our purpose of providing and supporting educational, personal and leadership development for youth. The AAYLC will be hosting its annual conference virtually for 2022!  We plan to deliver the same quality of excellence in our programming as we have done in the past. 

The Conference will be held each Saturday morning for four weeks beginning March 5, 2022 and ending on March 26, 2022.  There will be specific sessions for middle school and high school students. 

Each year the conference delivers dynamic, engaging and multidimensional sessions that provide first-hand learning experiences to inspire possibility, creativity and imagination. The conference seeks to provide adaptable insights and takeaways for youth that are applicable to the goals and challenges that they face today. Discussions ranging from college preparation, career exploration, social and political happenings, to black history and S.T.E.A.M. are presented to support our goal of “Youth Building Respect and Responsibility for Future Success”.


My personal involvement with the AAYLC has spanned over 17 years.  As a parent of four children, I understand the importance a good education has for student development.  It is truly a privilege to serve as the Executive Director for this progressive organization.


I invite you to partner with us in supporting our endeavors as a student, parent, volunteer, presenter, sponsor or donor.   Our team of talented volunteers are passionate about building a better future for youth.   Feel free to reach out us at  We would love to hear from you.

Thank you for your continued support!

Shantelle Bridges

Executive Director

African American Youth Leadership Conference