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The African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) is dedicated to educating, empowering, and enlightening, youth to become critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and embrace the traditions, histories, and cultures of their communities. 

Over our 24 year history, the AAYLC Members has inspired and challenged our Student Attendees to: “Build Respect and Responsibility for Future Rewards 

The conference is an inclusive community-level educational event and is open to all Students from grades 6 - 12.  "ARE YOU INSPIRED? "


 
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Saturday, March 11
 

7:30am

On-site Registration
Saturday March 11, 2017 7:30am - 8:45am
Open Registration / Refreshments -- El Pomar, Auxiliary Gym Colorado College, El Pomar Sports Center, 44 W. Cache La Poudre St.

8:45am

Opening Session
Agenda:    
  1. Invocation: 
  2. Posting of Colors: Mitchell High School Air Force ROTC Honor Guard
  3. National Anthem: Sonata Ford
  4. Welcome: Colorado College Representative 
  5. Greetings: Otis Campbell, Conference Executive Director                                     
  6. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” -- written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) in 1899 and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873–1954) in 1905
  7. Conference Rules: Detra Duncan, Conference Co-Executive Director


Saturday March 11, 2017 8:45am - 9:30am
Opening Session, El Pomar Sports Complex Main Gym Colorado College, El Pomar Sports Center, 44 W. Cache La Poudre St

10:00am

Session 1: Leadership I
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Regina Lewis

Dr. Regina Lewis

Department Chair & Professor, Pikes Peak Community College
Dr. Martin Luther King said, “If you want to be great, you must serve.” A graduate of Harrison High School, Dr. Regina Lewis services impacts people across the world through her inspirational talks and trainings. Regina helps to give voice to the voiceless and helps to make the invisible visible as she presents and facilitates widely on topics of understanding and climbing out of poverty, entrepreneurship, cultural inclusion... Read More →


Saturday March 11, 2017 10:00am - 10:55am
Cornerstone: Celeste Theater 825 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

10:00am

Sessions 1 & 2: Project Alpha (Male Only) -- W.E.S. Room in Worner Hall
This collaborative project of the March of Dimes and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is designed to provide education, motivation and skill-building on issues of responsibility, relationships, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases for young males ages 12-15 years. 

Program Objectives
  1. Provides education for young males 12-15 years old on sexuality, fatherhood and the role of males in relationships.
  2. Motivates young men to make decisions about their goals and values, and act in ways that support their decisions.
  3. Builds young men's skills through role-playing. Utilizes appropriate male role models and mentors.
The Project Alpha curriculum focuses on five key topics:
  1. Responsibility, Respect and the Role of Males in Relationships
  2. Adolescent Pregnancy and Fatherhood
  3. Protecting Yourself and Your Partner
  4. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  5. Intimate Violence in Relationships

AAYLC Staff
avatar for Freeman Gault

Freeman Gault

Facilities and Equipment Committee, African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC)
Freeman is an experienced and proven leader in fraternal, military, social, and community activities. He is a team player who can lead or follow when necessary, and can always be counted on to get the task accomplished.  He is an effective problem solver and planner.  Strong assets include flexibility and dependability.  


Saturday March 11, 2017 10:00am - 12:05pm
Worner Center: WES Room 902 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

11:10am

Session 2: Financial Readiness
In this breakout session, members of T. Rowe Price, a global investment management firm, will cover a variety of pertinent financial topics. The purpose of the interactive Financial Readiness workshop is to provide a high level overview of personal financial management.  We will discuss the true meaning of wealth, the common thought patterns that drive spending habits, and basic budgeting skills that will help youth make the most of their money.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Morrison

Lisa Morrison

Retirement Plan Operations Services Representative, T. Rowe Price
avatar for Dejon Singleton

Dejon Singleton

Participant Service Center Associate, T. Rowe Price
avatar for Stephane Wallace

Stephane Wallace

Retirement Plan Services Technical Analyst - Nonqualified Plans, T. Rowe Price



Saturday March 11, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
Cornerstone: Room 301 825 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

11:10am

Session 2: Become a Leader in Healthcare
Speakers
avatar for Rhiannon Sunday

Rhiannon Sunday

Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Southern Colorado Medicine
Do What You LOVE and LOVE what you do: Mrs. Rhiannon Sunday, Adult-Geriatric Nurse | Practitioner, will teach students about how successful leaders love what they do in their | individual careers. She will stimulate the students to find their passion and how they can create their own careers with it. | | Rhiannon Sunday is a Colorado native, being born in Colorado Springs in 1979. She attended Corpus Christi Catholic School and then went on to... Read More →



Saturday March 11, 2017 11:10am - 12:05pm
Cornerstone: Room 302 825 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

11:10am

Session 2: Healthy / Unhealthy Communication & Goal Setting
Ms. Collet Thornton, former Client Manager, Colorado Springs Teen Court, will teach students how successful leaders communicate, set and achieve their goals. She will identify communication myths and let students know that the ways they communicate with each other will not work in the professional business world and the way one communicates is an indicator of one’s leadership abilities.

Speakers
avatar for Collet Thornton

Collet Thornton

Collet Thornton was born in 1970 in Okinawa, Japan.  She moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado at the age of 6.  She attended Penrose Elementary, Sabin Junior High School and graduated from Doherty High School in 1988.  After school, Collet earned s diploma at Pikes Peak Institute in Medical Assisting.  She also attended National American University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Management. ... Read More →



Saturday March 11, 2017 11:10am - 12:05pm
Cornerstone Center: Flex Room 825 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

12:05pm

Lunch / Entertainment
Born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. Reggie started writing music at age 13. He Never wanted to be a rapper but since he couldn't sing he looked for other way to use his passion. After hearing Kanye West's College Dropout album Reggie fell in love with hip hop. He now uses his talents to bring God the glory anywhere he can. Reggie has been married to Alyssa for 6 years and they have a son named Dominik.


Saturday March 11, 2017 12:05pm - 1:15pm
Lunch / Enterteinment Colorado College Campus, El Pomar Sports Center, Gym Annex, 44 W. Cache La Poudre St

1:30pm

Session 3: Leadership “Boot Camp”: Basic concepts to jumpstart development
This interactive presentation will introduce core leadership concepts to help young, aspiring leaders begin to practice essential leadership skills in their daily lives in preparation for present and future educational and work experiences

Speakers
avatar for Rylan Charlton

Rylan Charlton

Instructor of Behavioral Science and Leadership, United States Air Force Academy
Hometown:    Farmville, VA Education:     BS, Counseling & Human Development, USAF Academy MS, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, San Francisco State University  Specialty/Research Interests:  Organizational culture,  Person-group & person-organization fit, Affective commitment & performance, Collective fit constructs
avatar for Robert Reimer

Robert Reimer

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science & Leadership, United States Air Force Academy
Lieutenant Colonel Robert D. Reimer, PhD, United States Air Force, is an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy. He is a senior pilot with 2,700 hours piloting mobility and training aircraft.  During his career he has served in various roles including undergraduate and graduate education, aircrew training, mobility operations, air field management, and squadron... Read More →



Saturday March 11, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cornerstone: Celeste Theater 825 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

1:30pm

Session 3: Bring Your 'A' Game (Male Only)
Bring Your “A” Game is a one-hour session that focuses on the instructors using both 22-minute video and an interactive discussion format to have a conversation with African American males about the plight of young African American men and boys who are dropping out of High School with the dream of becoming a rapper, entertainer or sports figure.
Regarding the film, BRING YOUR "A" GAME; to generate a national conversation on the plight of Black men and boys, the Twenty-First Century Foundation (21CF) partnered with actor-director Mario Van Peebles and producer Karen Williams to create BRING YOUR "A" GAME—a groundbreaking documentary film that, in Van Peebles' words, uses a two-prong approach to "sheds light on both the plight and the resilience / influence of Black males."
Interviewees include such iconic figures as Richard "Dick" Parsons, Chris Rock, Spike Lee, Dr. Cornel West, Ice Cube, Cory Booker, Sean Combs, Russell Simmons, Kevin Liles, Lou Gossett Jr., Lupe Fiasco, Hill Harper, Damon Dash, Kevin Powell, Melvin Van Peebles, Geoffrey Canada, Bruce Gordon and former NBA star Alan Houston, among others.
The two-prong approach is a s follows:
First the film uses a cinematic (i.e., movielike) style, influenced by popular culture and employing innovative technologies, the Instructors use the film to first show the pitfalls of dropping out of High School, i.e., having no job, dealing with drugs, crime and how this path usually leads to the individual ending up living in a life of poverty or worst, landing in jail.
Second, using an interactive discussion format the instructors underscore how essential educational achievement and high school graduation are to helping the audience develop strategies to improve their lives and make them successful in today's world. 

AAYLC Staff
avatar for Freeman Gault

Freeman Gault

Facilities and Equipment Committee, African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC)
Freeman is an experienced and proven leader in fraternal, military, social, and community activities. He is a team player who can lead or follow when necessary, and can always be counted on to get the task accomplished.  He is an effective problem solver and planner.  Strong assets include flexibility and dependability.  
avatar for Loran Smith

Loran Smith

Project Alpha, *A* Game and Tuskegee Airman Coordinator, African American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC)
 


Saturday March 11, 2017 1:30pm - 2:35pm
Worner Center: WES Room 902 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

2:40pm

Session 4: Careers in Business and Leadership - Degrees and Certificates
1.  Audience: 11th to 12th Grade Attendees
2.  Location: STEM -- Celeste Theater, 825 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 8090
3.  Topic: Session 4: Careers in Business and Leadership - Degrees and Certificates
4.  Discussion: 
A team of PPCC academic, recruitment and workforce development professionals will hold a panel discussion and Q&A session focused on providing students with information about business and leadership opportunities in both the business and culinary career fields.

Academic and career development topics will focus on the following PPCC's Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science Degrees and Certificates:

Associate of Arts: Business Transfer

Associate of Applied Science: 

Business- Administrative Assistant
Business- Management

Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts Baking
Culinary Arts Food Service Management


Moderators
avatar for Dennis Natali

Dennis Natali

Dept Chair and Professor of Business, Pikes Peak Community College

Speakers
avatar for Pikes Peak Community College

Pikes Peak Community College

Pikes Peak Community College
At PPCC, providing access to quality education drives everything we do. That access begins with affordability – with tuition less than half of our university counterparts – and then redefines convenience, with classes at campuses throughout the Pikes Peak region (three main campuses, two learning centers and two military education centers) as well as online. Our 20,000 students range from high school grads seeking an excellent... Read More →
avatar for James Harvey

James Harvey

Adjunct Instructor, Pikes Peak Community College
From an early age, I knew that I wanted to be a Chef. In high school, I began taking courses at a vocational college to start laying the foundation for my career. My Culinary Education was completed at the Culinary Institute of America.    I have been a member of the American Culinary Federation since 1990.   In the ACF Pikes Peak Chapter, I have held the following positions: Treasurer, Vice President, and President.   I was awarded the... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Natali

Dennis Natali

Dept Chair and Professor of Business, Pikes Peak Community College



Saturday March 11, 2017 2:40pm - 3:35pm
Cornerstone: Celeste Theater 825 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

2:40pm

Session 4: Careers in Electronics Technology & Robotics
1.  Audience: 11th to 12th Grade Attendees
2.  Location: Cornerstone Room 301, 825 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 8090
3.  Topic: Session 4:Session 4: Careers in Electronics Technology & Robotic 
4.  Discussion:

Why Choose Electronics Technology and Robotics at PPCC? The Electronics Industry has transformed the world. Individuals with the skills and knowledge to build the electronic circuits that drive high-tech devices are in high demand. From cell phones to robotics, personal computers to iPods, we use a number of these devices to prepare our students to meet these needs.

Decades ago robotics was science fiction, and any consideration of the types of jobs in robotics was a thing of the future. Well, it’s no longer science fiction, but rather science fact. It’s still a thing of the future, but it’s also very much a thing of the present with many job opportunities. It will continue to grow and increase in job prospects. If you’re even remotely interested in this science, now is the time to get the training to enter this field.

This session introduces industrial robotics as well as a survey of the technologies, equipment and skills used in manufacturing automation and process control.  
A few of the types of jobs in robotics include: Robotics Engineer, Software Developer, Technician, Sales Engineer, Operators, Robotics Account Manager.

Speakers


Saturday March 11, 2017 2:40pm - 3:35pm
Cornerstone: Room 301 825 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

2:40pm

Session 4: Careers in Manufacturing
1.  Audience: 11th to 12th Grade Attendees
2.  Time and Location:  Session 4, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Cornerstone Room 302, 825 N       Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 8090
3. Topic:  Careers in Electronics Technology & Robotic
4.  Discussion:

Any student interested in starting and / or advancing their career within the manufacturing career field should attend this interactive session, hosted by the Pikes Peak Community College’s Manufacturing Team.    
Specifically, a group of manufacturing education and employment professionals from the El Paso - Teller county region will conduct this interactive career pathway session for 11th and 12th grade students. 
Questions to be covered in this session include:
(1)  What educational degrees and certifications do I need for a career in manufacturing?
(2)  What are the common manufacturingjob titles that I need to know?
(3)   How can I find and research the in-demand manufacturing skills in the El-Paso – Teller county region?
(4)   What are the job openings and salaries for in-demand manufacturing jobs in the El-Paso – Teller county region?
(5)  Which employers are offering manufacturing internships and apprenticeships programs in the El-Paso – Teller county region?

Speakers
JZ

Joy Zincone

Schedule complete as of 5 MAR 17 (ESL)



Saturday March 11, 2017 2:40pm - 3:35pm
Cornerstone: Room 302 825 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

2:40pm

Session 4: Leading the Way in the Military
This presentation will focus on leadership opportunities in the military's various career fields. Most young people's vision of the military is getting yelled at in Basic Training or deploying to fight in wars. Presenters aim to expose students on how they can gain valuable leadership and career experience (officer or enlisted) from a plethora of military career fields that will set them up for leadership success if they chose to stay in the military of transition to the civilian sector. 

Speakers
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Courtney Henderson

Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

AAYLC Staff
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Dr. Paul Prosper

Chairman, Leadership Institute Committee, AAYLC Staff
Dr. Prosper is the Chair of the AAYLC Leadership Institute, an Active Duty Military Officer & currently an Assistant Professor of Management in the Management Department at the United States Air Force Academy. Dr. Prosper is also an entrepreneur & an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.



Saturday March 11, 2017 2:40pm - 3:35pm
Cornerstone Center: Flex Room 825 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

3:50pm

Closing Session
Saturday March 11, 2017 3:50pm - 4:20pm
Closing Session Colorado College Campus, El Pomar Sports Center -- Gym Annex, 44 W. Cache La Poudre St

4:00pm

Busses Stage
Saturday March 11, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Busses Stage Colorado College Campus, In Front of El Pomar Sports Center, 44 W. Cache La Poudre St.

4:30pm

Busses Depart
Saturday March 11, 2017 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Busses Depart Colorado College Campus, El Pomar Sports Center Complex, 44 W. Cache La Poudre St.