A Black Education Congress

Reclaiming & Celebrating What Works: Passing the Torch

Youth Engagement, Participation, & Leadership

A Black Education Congress, October 10-12, 2013 at Chicago Westin O'Hare. Youth (ages 15-25) are invited to participate and lead in cultural circles that serve to empower, educate, and call to action other youth and community elders. Those interested in the liberation of people of African ancestry and educational reform locally and globally are encouraged to attend. The Black Education Congress will prepare the next generation of leadership for liberation and transformation.

Koymaa Youth Circle

Who should participate? Youth of all ages will find participation in the Black Education Congress useful. Youth between the ages of 15-25, current high school or college students, community advocates, those involved in community-based programs, and/or adjudicated youth. This Congress is for ALL youth interested in the education and emancipation Africans in America.

How much does it cost to participate? For those interested in attending the Congress and participating as a youth delegate, the cost is $175 U.S. dollars. For some, this attendance rate may appear costly, but it is recommended that youth participate in fundraising activities. We encourage youth to share information about the purpose and objectives of the Congress with community-based organizations, schools, family members, and faith institutions and encourage them to support your attendance and long-term participation. Visit our website for more information.

What should I expect from my participation? While every individual and group will gain something different from participation in the Black Education Congress, it is expected that youth participants can expect to develop essential leadership skills for self and community empowerment and development. Participants will leave with a Certificate and souvenir from the Congress; opportunities for future mentoring by elders, educators, and community activists; opportunities to participate in online education courses; a chance to develop social media content relevant to youth justice; and, personal invitations to participate in future conferences and learning activities.

Koymaa "Go Listen, Hear & Understand" Youth Circles

  • Articulate the Concerns, Hopes and Fears of Our Community
  • Name the Challenges Confronting Black Youth
  • Identify Cultural Resources for Liberation
  • Engage in Critical Dialogue to Develop Black Critical Leadership
  • Contribute to 25-year Education Action Plan
  • Discuss with Elders Your Vision for the Future
  • Define Community Empowerment and Determination
  • Learn About African-centered Educational Philosophy & Pedagogy
  • Outline a Plan for Positive Youth Development
  • Participate in A.B.E.C. Youth Education Program

Koymaa is a huge mountain of sand in Gao, Mali--that never blows away--it is recognized around the world as a sacred spiritual site, where one can hear the Ancestors "speak" if you have the ability to "hear, listen and understand."

A mountain of sand beside the Niger River in Gao, Mali