51sNt ational Convention Cov era g e can become a social activist and complimentary airfare from Delta Pat Hector, national youth director how do I get to that point. I really Airlines. for National Action Network, and appreciate that.” “The Presidential Youth Confer-ence Quentin James, national director The students also participated participants were phenomenal,” of the Sierra Student Coalition and in a virtual college tour, but it was said Soror Brandi Jones, member of member of the NAACP board of direc-tors, the trip to Howard University they the National Program Planning and shared words of encouragement seemed to enjoy the most. Development Committee. These ex-traordinary and leadership tools with the young “I think one of the really cool young people learned participants. things was the fact that they got to the advocacy skills necessary to im-pact “Don’t wait to be great – you meet current undergraduate stu-dents,” their communities.” can change the world now,” was the said Soror Ashley Lewis-Jack-son, “This was an absolutely amaz-ing theme for Hector’s message during member of the National Program event, and I have learned that I the luncheon July 12. Planning and Development Commit-tee. refuse to be forgotten. I’m absolutely “The torch of leadership will not “They told them what university thankful,” said Jacqueline Gibson, a be passed to you, but you must de-mand life is like, not just giving them the student representing Southwest Dal-las and take the torch,” advised tour around the campus.” County Alumnae. James. “Build a pipeline behind you, During the closing banquet, three Gibson reflected heavily on one expose younger siblings to opportu-nities participants, each representing one of the workshop speaker’s, Clifton and encourage them.” of Delta’s youth programs, received a Anderson, Jr., mantra “Be phenom-enal When asked what his lasting im-pression $100 check courtesy of Xerox Corpo-ration, or be forgotten.” Anderson is a of the trip was, Hargro re-sponded, for their well-written essays. leadership expert, author, motiva-tional “The friends that I made All participants were presented with speaker, and founder of Clifton with EMBODI. We are lifelong friends. an iPad mini and a certificate of rec-ognition. Anderson Enterprises. These are like my brothers now.” s Participants also received Other speakers, including Mary- Xerox sales executive, Dallas Bailey and Dr. Sybil Knight Burney, member, Program Planning and Develop-ment Committee present Presidential Academy participants Jordan Seals (EMBODI), Taylor Keith (GEMS), and Lucy Mbiyu (Academy) with awards for essays submitted. PHOTO BY VALERIE PHILLIPS s30 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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