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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 http://libwww.freelibrary.org/PressRel/Pressrel.cfm?id=456.