Mi­ra­mar joins South Florida Youth Sum­mit L.I.T Rally

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port

MI­RA­MAR, Fla. – The City of Mi­ra­mar will join the 5th An­nual South Florida Youth Sum­mit (SFYS) to present the first Lead­ers In Train­ing (L.I.T.) Youth Rally from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19 at the Mi­ra­mar Cul­tural Cen­ter, 2400 Civic Cen­ter Place in Mi­ra­mar.

The high-en­ergy lead­er­ship em­pow­er­ment rally is de­signed to groom ad­vo­cates and will in­clude high school stu­dents who have been in­vited from around South Florida to join the em­pow­er­ment ex­pe­ri­ence.

Hosted by Papa Keith and fea­tur­ing other DJs from 103.5 The Beat, the rally will be full of ex­cite­ment.

The SFYS week­end is an an­nual pro­gram cre­ated by LEAD Na­tion in part­ner­ship with the Knight Foun­da­tion. Held May 1820, the ses­sions will be full of knowl­edge­based en­rich­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in an in­ter­ac­tive set­ting.

The Sum­mit is the brain­child of State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and L.E.A.D. Na­tion co­founder Shevrin Jones.

"We are ex­cited about the 5th An­nual South Florida Youth Sum­mit. Look­ing at the di­rec­tion of our na­tion and our com­mu­ni­ties, the time is now that we not only en­cour­age our youth, but we em­power them – em­power them to do more and greater than they can imag­ine, to be the change they want to see (and) be,” said Jones.

The Sum­mit will kick off this year with an adult only event, Cock­tails & Con­ver­sa­tions on May 18 at the Ur­ban League of Broward County at 7:30 pm.

Cock­tails & Con­ver­sa­tions will be an evening when com­mu­nity lead­ers, ed­u­ca­tors, civic lead­ers and par­ents unite for an in­ter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion on em­pow­er­ing youth to be change agents in their com­mu­ni­ties.

The night will be mod­er­ated by an­chor Jawan Strader of NBC 6, with guests Roland Martin (Host of TV One's Daily Morn­ing Show) and An­gela Rye (CNN Po­lit­i­cal Com­men­ta­tor).

Sum­mit Chair­per­son Ker­line Jules said they will pull out all the stops this year.

"We are beyond ex­cited! The South Florida Youth Sum­mit will fea­ture break­out ses­sions on var­i­ous top­ics from STEM, En­trepreneur­ship, Fi­nan­cial Lit­er­acy (and) Goal-Set­ting to name a few. With the theme: ‘LEAD Now: Redefin­ing Lead­er­ship in 2017,’ we want our sum­mit at­ten­dees to walk out know­ing that they have a voice and can be ad­vo­cates in their cir­cle of in­flu­ence even in this young phase of their life.”

The week­end’s fi­nale will be the ac­tual South Florida Youth Sum­mit on May 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mi­ami-Dade Col­lege North Cam­pus, 11380 NW 27 Av­enue in Mi­ami.

Stu­dents will en­joy a full day fea­tur­ing sem­i­nars, work­shops and panel dis­cus­sions and have the op­por­tu­nity to be­come ac­tive par­tic­i­pants in cre­at­ing pos­i­tive so­cial change in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Left to Right: Roland Martin, An­gela Rye, Shevrin Jones and Jawan Strader will all ap­pear at the 5th An­nual South Florida Youth Sum­mit.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF DAR­RYL NO­BLES

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