Saving our Family series culminates with Innaugural Youth Summit
Atlanta, Georgia - A Youth Summit to address the legal problems, concerns and issues facing Georgia’s young people is set for Nov. 14 in Atlanta at Grady High School.
The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), a 34-year-old voluntary bar organization focused on the enrichment and empowerment of women and advocating for children’s issues, has hosted a series of general body meetings in May, June and October centered around the theme of "Saving our Family" with the culmination of the series being an Inaugural Fall Youth Summit co-hosted with the GABWA Foundation, Inc.
In developing the "Saving our Family" Series, 2015 GABWA President Adwoa Ghartey-Tagoe Seymor said, "in staying true to GABWA’s mission, we are compelled to act. This series addresses how we, as lawyers, can use our collective thought and voice to advocate and empower the communities in which we live."
"The Summit will engage our youth in critical social justice topics including domestic violence, human trafficking, community engagement with law enforcement, health issues and voting rights. It is our hope that we will bring together community organizations that will provide the young people resources and tools that they can take back to their communities as they will hopefully leave with a renewed sense of being the change that they want to see. "The Summit will serve as a tremendous opportunity to involve our youth in a solutions-oriented dialogue about issues of concern to them." Seymour said.
The Youth Summit is seeking sponsors for the event. Ms. Seymour said in-kind donations of food and beverages, printing for handouts and items for appreciation gifts are welcomed.
"This is all about our children. If you would like to donate or volunteer we will find a place for you and your contribution." she said.
A copy of the sponsorship form and the sponsorship levels appears below.
"You can make a difference. You can contribute. Our children need you," Ms. Seymour said. "With your help, we will bring needed and positive changes to our neighborhoods, community and state."
Young people are often called "our future," but Ms. Seymour said that is only partly correct.
"They are our future. But they are also our present. We have got to do more to work with young people, engage them and show them the huge world of opportunities that are in front of them right now," she said. "We need to show them, not just teach them, that what they are doing right now will affect the rest of their life."
"The young people we are talking about need us right now. They can’t wait until next year. We are losing too many to violence, drugs and apathy," she said. "Our goal is to educate and empower our youth to be advocates for themselves and their surrounding communities."
Attending the Youth Summit is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.gabwa.org or call (404) 572-6928
Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA)
Adwoa Ghartey-Tagoe Seymour
2015 GABWA President
Ph: (404) 572-6928
by: Adwoa Ghartey