Free Library of Philadelphia Youth Empowerment Summit

Hundreds of eager high school students packed the halls of the Parkway Central Library on May 19th for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s 11th annual Youth Empowerment Summit (YES). With keynote from acclaimed poet and educator Sonia Sanchez, the all-day event included workshops on college and career transition issues, an Information Fair with participants representing colleges and employers, and of course plenty of refreshments. The annual event is planned by the teens it attracts, and previous summits have featured “hip-hop intellectual” Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, authors Veronica Chambers (Mama’s Girl) and Mat Johnson (Incognegro), author Lorene Cary (Black Ice; The Price of a Child), and novelist/playwright/screenwriter Walter Mosley. For more details, access
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