shevrin-jones_web.jpgMIAMI — Families, youth, and community organizations are invited to attend the 2nd Annual South Florida Youth Summit (SFYS) Oct. 18-19, for students in grades 6-12.

Attendees to this free two-day summit will have the opportunity to participate in discussions and interactive presentations on key issues that directly impact youth, including employment, entrepreneurship, social innovation, STEM education, college preparation, financial literacy, and childhood obesity awareness.

“In order to see positive change in our nation, we must look to America’s youth as instruments of change,” said State Rep. Shervin Jones, Chair of SFYS. “They must be involved in taking community action and be raised up as our next generation of leaders.”

At the inaugural summit in 2012, more than 3,000 youth learned from renowned philosopher Dr. Cornel West, award-winning journalist Jeff Johnson, and creator of CNN’s Black in America Soledad O’Brien. This year students will have the opportunity to apply for jobs and receive scholarship information packets offering over a half-million dollars in scholarships.

Leaders by Empowerment-Activists by Development Nation, in partnership with Broward College, is behind the summit. Started in 2006, the organization was created to assist members of the Y Generation with assuming responsibility for their destiny by becoming leaders in their own right.

“Our summit creates a platform for young people to foster personal and professional development, develop social consciousness and create goals and critical leadership skills to become ambassadors of our future,” said Adrian

Freeman, executive director of L.E.A.D Nation. “After the success of the first youth summit, a host of community leaders and youth organizations where excited to take part in the planning of our 2nd Annual Summit.”

The summit will take place over two days with events in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Youth groups and/or students can register to attend the summit for free by visiting