|Janet Riley-Ford, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Chester and Dr. Lenora Fulani, Keynote Speaker|
The Boys and Girls Club of Chester held a Youth Summit on Saturday, May 14, 2016 and it was DOPE, Determined Outstanding Powerfully Enlightened. The Keynote Speaker was Chester native Dr. Lenora Fulani. She addressed the audience on her background growing up in the city, graduating from Chester High School in 1968, and making a name for herself. Dr. Fulani ran twice for the President of the United States. “In 1988, she became the first woman and first African American in U. S. History to appear as a presidential candidate on the ballot in all 50 states. In 1994, she co-founded IndependentVoting.org, a national strategy center for independent voters and she is a founder of the Independent Party of New York State.” She focused her speech on the organization she founded and directed since 2006, Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids, a series of dialogues and performance-based workshops with police and inner-city youth to help them improve and develop their relationship. Dr. Fulani said, “Our young people are so censured in this country that they need a stage where they can do their thing.”
|Clayshawana Cogman and Desiree Lias on the Summit Leadership Committee|
A full day of seminars and workshops were presented on Hip-Hop Reality “Identity Crisis” by Al Motley, Fighting Back Insecurities Communicating with Yourself by Tara Jones, Deal Breaker: “Building Healthy Relationships” by Ambi Grant, Transitions - Life after High School “Road Map to Success” by Julani Ghana, and Release the Brakes - What’s holding you back? by Delorean Andrews. Plenty of good food and entertainment was also provided for many who attended the summit.
|Transitions "Road Map to Success" presenter Julani Ghana from the College Access Center with Micah Gardner, Summit Leadership Committee|
Julani Ghana presenting in his workshop, “That’s why we talk about the network. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. The network is important. At the end of the day, you’ve got to drive for success yourself. So that’s what the goal is for the youth summit. Don’t let nothing stop you.” Ghana’s group completed a student success profile which included career interest and colleges.
|Special step performances by the Xinos and Kudos mentor groups of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa|