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Councilwoman Woolridge announces back to school conference

Monday August 8, 2005

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin


Patrick H. Neely

District 3 Councilwoman Mary Woolridge, St. George Community Center and Youth Alive today announced the Unity in the Community Back to School Conference Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13, at Lyman T. Johnson Middle School, 2509 Wilson Avenue.

As part of the conference, youths ages 10-18 will attend workshops and participate in a community clean up. Other activities will include a youth barbecue and youth dance.

The conference, which is free, is open to all youths throughout Louisville Metro.

Activities kick off on Friday with a clean up of the Parkland area. Participants are encouraged to meet at the school at 1 p.m. A youth barbeque for those taking part in the clean up will also be held at the school from 1-3 p.m.

Workshops will be held from 10-3 p.m. Saturday at the school, with topics including The Black, the Blue, & the Blunt: Progression of Drug Addiction; Teaching the Teacher, Past Present & the Future; A Principle Called Perseverance; The Difference between Hip Hop & Rap; My Mind On My Money & My Money on My Mind. Conference speakers will include Chris Forehand, Aubrey Williams, Kenny Boyd, and DeShaun Simpson.

"I'm glad to have an opportunity to work with Youth Alive and St. George Community Center," said Councilwoman Woolridge. "We did not plan our events together but came up with the same conclusion about the need to reach out to our young people. Our partnership will help us reach more kids."

All attendees will receive a T-shirt which will allow them entrance to the youth dance from 8 p.m. until midnight Saturday at St. George's Community Center, 1205 S. 26th St. Youth who do not attend the conference may purchase a T-shirt for $10 for admission to the dance.

Youths interested in attending the conference workshops should register at Youth Alive, 1351 Catalpa St., or St. George Community Center, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Friday, or before 10 a.m. at the school on Saturday.

The conference concludes with the Unity in the Community Festival from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Algonquin Park, featuring motivational speaker DeVone Holt; health information and screenings; step and rap presentations; and refreshments, sponsored by Councilwoman Woolridge.

For more information contact Arthur Cox at 775-6232, Kenny Boyd at 262-2053 or Mike Burbage at 774-3212.


Mary C. Woolridge (D)  3