ASU to host youth empowerment summit

ALBANY, Ga. -- Groups from the Albany area will come together Saturday with the hopes that youth empowerment will help to cure some of the community's ills.

The first Parents for Change "4GIVEN" Youth Empowerment Summit will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the ACAD Building at Albany State University.

Coordinators of the summit say it will serve as an entertaining and educational event with speakers who will discuss different positive youth development issues. Topics are expected to include abstinence education, goal setting and attainment, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, gang and violence prevention, bullying prevention, as well as other topics.

The event is being catered to middle and high school students, a news release on the summit stated.

A flyer for the event states that a talent show with first-, second- and third-prize winners, live music and hip-hop dance are part of the summit. Special invited guests include Montrel Miller from the TV series "House of Payne."

Some of the sponsors for the event are Christopher Warren, a candidate for Dougherty State Court judge, 100 Black Men of Albany, as well as individual members of the Albany-Dougherty Gang Task Force.

Warren, an Albany attorney who grew up as a disadvantaged youth, said his involvement in the event is part of his "Heart for the People" campaign.

"I would rather take my money (to a program that will) have an impact on young people," he said. "This is about inspiring and touching lives. (Programs like these) are designed to get better results."

Warren indicated in an earlier interview with The Albany Herald that there would be as many as 400 young people in attendance at the event.

Admission is free with registration. Contacts for more information are Bernetta Quimbley at (229) 733-9071 and Detrell Hawkins at (229) 854-2891.