4th Annual African American Teen Summit features the theme #LifeReady

High School District 214 will host the fourth annual African American Teen Summit on Friday, April 26, 2019.

Students from across District 214 will be in attendance. This event, which begins at 9 a.m., will be held this year at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Rd., Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005.

The theme, “#LifeReady,” will introduce keynote speaker VaLarie Humphrey, an author and motivational speaker specializing in academic and achievement based seminars throughout the country.  VaLarie Humphrey is a highly requested keynote speaker, author and leading authority on motivating students and educators and empowering women. For the last 28 years as an educator, her mission has been to impact the lives of the next generation by inspiring them to think beyond the walls of their classrooms. To broaden her work, she founded True Eagle Beauty Foundation, Inc., a mentoring program for girls and young women. Today she travels the world solving the problems of students, parents, educators, schools, and colleges/universities by delivering speeches, creating courses, and writing books.

The afternoon’s keynote will include, Jahmal Cole, the founder and CEO of the city’s fastest growing social impact organization, My Block My Hood My City, Jahmal is the creator of an exposure-based education program for teens and a network of volunteer initiatives that serve Chicago communities year-round.  A champion of social justice, Jahmal Cole’s mission is to build a more interconnected urban communities on the pillars of service and education. Traveling, youth mentorship and community organizing are the subjects of Jahmal’s highly acclaimed books and speeches. He has spoken to audiences ranging from high school students to the Mayor of Chicago.

Students will also have a musical artist and motivational speaker Brandon Fox, a 2004 graduate of Elk Grove High School. Fox will relay a message of perseverance by sharing his personal journey with students.  He has been open about his personal tragedies and hardships and how he has used positive coping mechanisms to overcome and persevere.

At the summit, students will participate in special breakout sessions on dedication, responsibility, service, social justice and being #lifeready.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Ami Relf, Buffalo Grove High School teacher, ami.relf@d214.org.

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