Attendees remember Beaufort County Youth Conference in September – Beaufort, SC The Island News

From staff reports

The Beaufort County Youth Conference took place on September 25, marking the 29th year of this unique conference, planned by youth for youth.

The conference was held virtually for the second year in a row. It has caught the attention of students from across Beaufort County, other parts of South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and as far away as Virginia.

This year’s theme was “This is America. The quest for the best. The topics for the conference workshop were determined by the young planners during their planning session in April.

The conference was launched with greetings from Beaufort County School District Superintendent Frank Rodriquez, Beaufort County Councilor York Glover, SC State Representative Michael Rivers, Former Port Royal Mayor Samuel Murray and Port Royal Councilor Darryl Owens.

Beaufort County Youth Conference Youth Planners

One of the highlights of the conference was the main message from Dr Aaron Doctor, a native of the island of St. Helena and a former youth conference participant. Dr. Doctor shared vital principles, based on his aspirations and life experiences. He is a third year resident at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

The speakers and topics for their workshops are drawn from youth concerns and covered issues of mental health, race and law enforcement. They included:

Korey Bromery, “The Racial Divide, Who’s Next?” (High school session)

Heaven Sammir Allah-Davis, “The Racial Divide, Who’s Next? »(College session)

Shavon Jenkins-Coaxum, COVID 19: Connecting Through Technology, (college session)

Donnie “DC Campbell” Emotions: Why do I feel like this? (High school session)

Tivonna Taylor Vogt and Crystal Boyd, “Unjust / Unequal: Law Enforcement’s Treatment of People of Color, (Middle and High School Sessions Combined).

“The police brutality session had the most impact on me. It was very informative. What stands out most is the instruction to “comply and complain later,” said Joshua Knuckles, Youth Planner and conference attendee, in a statement. “Before the presentation, I would have been scared if I was in a car stopped by the police. After learning from them that the best response is to comply and complain later, I am reassured that not all police officers are unfair, but most are reasonable.

“Given the emotional effects of the pandemic on children, the mental wellness workshop was indispensable and warmly welcomed by the participants,” said Isabella Smalls Runnels.

All the young participants received a conference t-shirt (designed by the young planners), a conference mask and a gift card in the mail. The conference finale was a performance by Danielle Smalls and Dani’s Dance Dynamics.

The Beaufort County Youth Conference is a collaborative effort between Lowcountry Modeling de Carae, businesses, agencies, individuals, parents, fraternities, sororities and other local organizations.

The 30th Beaufort County Youth Conference is scheduled for September 2022.

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