On Saturday, April 1, 2017, the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., (PAC) and the Pasadena Delta Foundation, Inc., in collaboration with numerous community partners, presented the 14th Annual Young African American Women’s Conference for girls in middle and high school at Pasadena City College (PCC). This year’s theme was “Soundtrack To Your Success” and the event provided an opportunity for over 350 girls and their parents/guardians to explore their special talents and interests; identify resources and tools to succeed in college; heighten their awareness of career options; and learn about relevant life issues. All participants received conference materials, numerous give-a-ways, breakfast, lunch and numerous ways to win great door prizes, including a new electronic tablet.
Pixie Boyden, President of the PAC opened the conference with greetings from the Sorority. Soloist Kimberly Nykohl led in the singing of “Lift Every Voice”. PCC Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Bell welcomed the audience to the campus. Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assemblyman Chris Holden, State Senator Anthony Portantino’s Representative – Dominick Correy all brought greetings and commendations. PAC Academy member Makia Rose Harris-Talbert and PAC GEMS member Shelby Glover introduced Rose Princesses Autumn Lundy and Shannon Larsuel. Personal perspectives on realizing one’s dreams were presented by the 2017 Rose Princesses. PAC GEMS member, Jamila Cummings introduced Miss Yara Shahidi, breakout star of “Blackish” who presented insights on teen life and advised the audience to do what is right and not what is popular. The session was moderated by Political Strategist, Kenya T. Parham.
The conference included teen workshops were presented by experts in their respective ﬁ elds. The career workshops focused on social justice, education, writing and communications. STEAM, entertainment and other topics. Life skill workshops covered college readiness, self-esteem, skills for cyber safety and ways to cope with stress. The parent forum, presented by Dr. Phlunte Riddle, Shawn Brinkley and Alicia Green offered information on college ﬁ nancial aid, the impact of pop culture on teens, safe teen social media tips, how to raise socially conscious teens and other related issues. During lunch, 94.7 “The Wave” Radio Station provided entertainment. The girls also experienced the anti-bullying play “Deleted” written and directed by Valerie Alleyne Udeozor, Director of U CARE. The Civic Engagement Forum panelists were Kenya T. Parham, Sharon Cooper, Social Justice Advocate, Jacque Robinson-Baisley, Former Public Servant and City of Pasadena Councilmember and Tia Oso, National Organizer for Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
Participants visited exhibitors from the community, business and educational entities for various careers and resources for educational, career and lifestyle choices.
Sponsors and partners making the day possible included: Pasadena City College, Panda Cares Foundation, Inc., City of Hope, Kaiser Permanente, Chick Fil-A Pasadena, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Nestlé USA, Tournament of Roses Foundation, The Honorable State Senator Anthony Portantino, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, U.S. Bank, Pasadena Star News, Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Lee, The Rose, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.- Eta Lambda Omega Chapter, Pasadena-San Gabriel Valley Journal, City of Pasadena Jackie Robinson Community Center and Pasadena Uniﬁ ed School District.
The 14th Annual Young African American Women’s Conference Planning Committee was made up of a group of very committed community volunteers, led by the event Co-Chairs– Nicci Gorham, Danielle Clark, Dr. LaTasha Nesbitt and Evan McCrary.