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“Bring Your A Game” Memphis Symposium

(Memphis, TN, February 17, 2011):  Our young people are full of possibilities!  They all have the potential to be lawyers, doctors, teachers, poets and yes, even President of the United States.

So why have so many of our Black men and boys missed this message? Why are the high school dropout and incarceration rates for this demographic astoundingly high?  Somewhere along the way they begin to believe the lie that they should not dream beyond their current circumstances.

The Office of Early Childhood & Youth and partner Boys Inc. are hosting a call to action to begin steps to eradicate the dismay.  As we embark on our re-launch of our “Ask First…Is it Good for the Children” campaign, we challenge you to ask this question of your community, place of worship, local businesses and … yourself.

The “Bring Your A Game” Memphis Symposium will be held on Friday, February 18th, 2011 at 9am , The Urban Child Institute, 600 Jefferson and will include a meet & greet, viewing of the 22-minute video “Bring Your A Game”,  a panel discussion and 4 workshops focusing on Education, Ethics, Fatherhood and Criminal Justice.

Confirmed Speakers/Panelist:  Mayor Mark Luttrell, Mayor A C Wharton, Councilman Harold Collins, US States Attorney Edward Stanton, III, Earnest Townes, Kelly D. Price, Carey Booker, Mark Yates, Dr. Brian Dobbins, Hendrell Remus,  DeAndre Brown, and Derrick Lanois.

Faith-based Community, Civil Organizations and School Leadership asked to attend.  For reservations/information:  Nicole Gates, Campaign Coordinator (901) 385-4224.

Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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