Youth gather at Linfield for leadership conference

AAYL ConferenceHundreds of middle and high school students from throughout the Willamette Valley gathered at Linfield College April 4 for the 11th annual African American Youth Leadership Conference.

They spent the morning and early afternoon listening to speakers and attending workshops, such as “Roadmap to Your Future,” “What’s On Your Mind,” “Historically Speaking” and “Your Responsibility to Make a Difference.” Other sessions dealt with healthful living, projecting a positive image, and college and career choices.

Jade Everage ‘18, president of Linfield’s Black Student Union, encouraged students to become leaders among their peers.

“You have to learn to be a leader,” she told them.

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