'Self Love' Umoja Symposium Empowers Youth

By: News Email
By: News Email

March 15, 2014

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Alliance of Black School Educators and the Young Black Professional Network of Charlottesville organized the symposium at the African American Heritage Center.

The event created a platform for kids to become empowered about their self-worth.

Parents took part in a panel discussion, learning how to become advocates for their children.

One teacher drove a group of students from Lynchburg just to attend the symposium.

"I felt like it was necessary. We don't have many events like this in our area so I was willing to take the drive the young ladies I picked. I handpicked them because I knew they would benefit from this experience of empowerment within themselves," said Charmagne Scott.

Kids took part in three sessions, each focused on building healthy relationships and learning how to navigate through life experiences.

The symposium was free for all participants.

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