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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 10


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. 

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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... Read More →
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Loran Smith

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

Saturday March 10, 2018 1:30pm - 2:35pm
Worner Center: WES Room 902 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903