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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Youth Empowerment Summit returns to Grove

The Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) returns to Coconut Grove at Peacock Park on Saturday January 30, from 1-4pm under direction of the Golden and Golden Gates Foundation.

YES will build on its efforts to celebrate leaders of tomorrow by motivating youth of today with conversation stationslead by some youth. Other stations will also be led by community partners such as The State Attorney’s Office, faith based organizations and social groups. Participants will also receive community service certificates.

Though the conversation stations are for youth between the ages of 12-19 , the summit will conclude with a free kickball game from 4-6 pm open to all ages.

YES was originally conceived by Johnny Walker in order to organize youth of the area and encourage their participation in programs and organizations created to serve them. The feedback from the first YES which took place on January 31, 2015, also at Peacock Park, was exciting. Area programming such as One Grove and Striving
To Attain Remarkable Teens (START) provided more than 75% of the attendance for the afternoon. 

YES ranked in the top three programs/events by the Coconut Grove Crime Watch Evaluation and was welcomed back this year. With an improved layout of activities, YES welcomes new partners such as The Miami Fire Department, Cultivate Church and Branches, Inc. Participants can expect free food, live music and a celebration of culture, unity and purpose.

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