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A Message from Our Executive Director

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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 30th annual conference, in-person, on March 4, 2023! Our theme, developed by our student advisory committee, is Generation Now - Emerging Leaders!

Each year the conference delivers dynamic, engaging and multi-dimensional 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. We strive to cultivate diverse student leaders in the community and beyond!


My personal involvement with the AAYLC has spanned over 18 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 delivering innovative programs and experiences to enhance student empowerment in their communities and beyond.  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

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