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The Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo and the African-American Leaders of Tomorrow teamed up to host Youth Empowerment Conference

The event was created to give teens a chance to communicate while discussing current social issues.

Posted: Feb 23, 2019 8:34 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Youth of Greater Lafayette are learning to live beyond perception.

The Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo teamed up with the African-American Leaders of Tomorrow team. Together they held a conference open to all local high schooler's.

The event was created to give teens a chance to communicate while discussing current social issues.

The Pink Panthers of Purdue kicked off the event with a dance ice-breaker. From there the high schooler's broke into small groups.

Monica Keyes, President of Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo Monica Keyes said the event is all about creating a space for the youth to grow and prepare for the future.

“We want to remove stigma and misconception,” said Keyes. “The country has been under a lot of turmoil and our students are looking forward to having their place, maybe without that.”

Isaac Armstrong, President of the AALOT Chapter of Harrison High School said this event is always a great learning experience.

“It's very empowering to see other black people and to see how they think and to see how they act around you,” said Armstrong.

This year marks the third annual event. Topics discussed this year included stereotypes of the black athlete, the superwoman effect and effective communication.

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