African American Teen Summit features District 214 grad with story of perseverance

High School District 214 will host the third African American Teen Summit on Friday, April 27, 2018.
Students from across District 214 will be in attendance. This event, which begins at 9 a.m., will be held at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. 

The theme, “Building a Legacy,” will introduce the morning’s keynote speaker Allen J. Bryson, an author and motivational speaker specializing in academic and achievement based seminars throughout the country.  A native of Chicago Illinois, Allen J. Bryson is an author, poet, spoken-word artist, motivational speaker, and educational specialist. He has been writing and performing spoken-word and delivering speeches for over ten years. He has shared the stage with speakers such as Harry Belafonte, Les Brown, Danny Glover, and Def Poetry Jam Co-Founder Bruce George. He is the author of two books, Sleeping with My Eyes Open (2004), The Ministry of Motivation (2008), and currently working on his third publication The Vernacular of Victory.

The afternoon’s keynote will include, Justin Cunningham, executive director of Chance the Rapper’s organization SocialWorks. SocialWorks aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility, and positivity within the youth. 

Students will also have 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 financial literacy, entrepreneurship and social justice.
For more information regarding this event, please contact Ami Relf, Buffalo Grove High School teacher,

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