Youth conference aims to inspire confidence and character

FILE - LBJ High School (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - LBJ High School (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Community leaders from all around Austin teamed up Saturday to host a conference that inspires proactive and constructive responses in young adults.

The African American Men & Boys Conference began at 9:30 a.m. at LBJ High School. On-site workshops fostered dialogue between local leaders, organizations and young adults on important scholastic and social issues issues in the community.

The conference, organized by the African American Youth Harvest Foundation, was supported by leaders from the Austin Police Department, Austin Independent School District, City of Austin, Travis County and Dell.

“The time is now to be responsive to our youth,” Michael Lofton, founder of AAYHF, said. “Let’s give them the tools to reach their goals and provide a path for solutions.”

Lofton began holding conferences in Austin over a decade ago to promote positive behavior and self awareness, spreading a message of cultural diversity and community engagement.

Beyond the conference, AAYHF provides workforce development, mentoring, life-skills and substance abuse counseling, serving people living in poverty and with lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

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