These are terms and themes that are called for when it comes to service and outreach to our communities. However, when you do so with youth and recognize those who are actively engaged in the lives of young people, you are able to start the process early and often.
This Friday, May 29th, the Urban League of Greater Atlanta is taking time to promote the aforementioned themes as well as those who make a concerted effort to do so when it comes to youth. Their luncheon, which takes place at 12pm at the Twelve Hotel in Atlantic Station, focuses on the message of “Investing in youth today…Empowering young people tomorrow”.
“The theme for today’s luncheon (as noted) reflects the age-old truth that we cannot advance as a people without investing in our youth. It also acknowledges the importance of letting these young people know when they are doing the right thing and applauding them for it and supporting them in keeping it up,” notes Nancy Flake Johnson (earlier today), who serves as President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta.
Five of the program’s honorees are youth and young adults who are enrolled in the ULGA Urban Youth Empowerment Program. Jovan Gay, Rontavious Stovall, Adrecus Culbreath, Hancy Aldeclat and Domence Flannigan are the honorees whose outstanding accomplishments within the organization’s Youth Services Division are being recognized and celebrated.
In addition, actress and singer KeKe Palmer is being acknowledged for her efforts in working with youth as the recipient of the organization’s Spirit of the League Award. The long-time (since the age of 5) artist with a solid track record of Broadway stage performances (in the stage-version of Cinderella) and film (including Akeelah and the Bee, Barbershop 2, Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story, and the more recent film Brotherly Love) is being commended for her work on and off screen. Given her work on larger campaigns with the Boys and Girls Club of America and their Cool to be Smart program (which places emphasis on the overall importance of learning), Urban Farming, Girl Scouts, the YWCA, and Saving Our Daughters and their anti-bullying campaign (among other causes), her work aligns with the larger focus of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta and their youth programming.
WSB-TV (Channel 2) reporter Erica Byfield is serving as the mistress of ceremonies for the event. Fusion (an area teen jazz band) and the Tri-Cities High School Band, are among the scheduled musical groups scheduled to perform.
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Since 1920, the Urban League of Greater Atlanta is a civil rights dedicated to economic and civic empowerment. With their work in and around Atlanta in the African-American community and other demographic groups, through the lenses of helping the aforementioned achieve their highest human potential and secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights, their impact is a steady presence for the past 95 years; Saturday’s program is not only a celebration of their efforts and those of others, but a reminder of the work that remains and can be done through their principled and focused approach.
The celebration is this Friday; the work of community empowerment still continues.