FREE 2 BE ME: We here at LIWI would like to thank 3 Dreads and a Bald Head, along with the adult and youth facilitators that were in attendance for the Black Youth Conference Day (BYCD) held the last weekend in February in Ottawa. A special BIG shout out has to go to Adrienne Coddett, founder of 3 Dreads and a Bald Head, for the excellent job she did in arranging for team LIWI to come down and be participants. We would also like to thank her for her hospitality and warm welcome that she greeted us with. We are honored to have experienced such a powerful event and look forward to contributing and working with her organization in the near future.
The BYCD was held at the Government Conference Centre and is a gathering, held annually, of black youth from across the Nation’s capital in order to engage youths in meaningful conversation which empowers themselves to be active participants in the discovery, manifestation, and articulation of their visions for themselves, black communities and the world.
Team LIWI had the wonderful opportunity to provide the design and t-shirts worn by over two hundred participants and volunteers at the two day event. We also had the pleasure of engaging in an intense adult seminar with some of Ottawa’s young black professionals and teachers of various educational institutes from across Ottawa. The facilitators who were part of The International Black Summit which participates in yearly summits around the world did an excellent job in running the seminar. We would also like to thank them for their passionate, words of wisdom that, before we start tackling any one of the problems facing youths in society and facing ourselves, a mastering and understanding of the “I” meaning the “self” must be obtained before “WE” the people UNITED as one can accomplish anything.
The second, and closing day titled “BlackYouthaPalooza” which took place at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, was an event which allowed youths to rub shoulders with some of Ottawa best and brightest young adults within the community. Art, academics, athletics, entertainment, poetry, business, ideas, possibility, and potential were just a few of the areas of interest that was on display at this wonderful event. Team LIWI was fortunate enough to be allowed to set up and sell some of our t-shirts along with a chance to interact and build strong partnerships with some of Ottawa’s brightest young black professionals.
It was truly a wonderful experience in Ottawa to have engaged and interacted with such gifted young adults. A special thank you goes out to all who supported the LIWI movement in purchasing a tee and contributing to making the LIWI movement stronger.
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