Friday, January 5, 2018 kicked off the 2018 Smart n' Up Black Male Youth Summit in Overtown at the Art Africa Exhibit (formerly Clyde Killen's Pool Hall).
Attendees were welcomed with Continental Breakfast and personalized Smart n' Up swag bags. Each attendee received a T.E.E.S. notebook and personalized Smart n' Up T-shirts (courtesy of Imagine That Productions).
Three dynamic and powerful speakers presented the teens with messages about Choices, Consequences, Jail testimonials, Purpose, Passion and Power.
Attendees were introduced to the Art Africa exhibit with the founder, Neil Hall. Afterwards attendees participated in interactive communication activities and dined on lunch courtesy of Purple Leaf Events.
To round out the day, City of Miami Chairman Keon Hardemon, rappers Ball Greezy and Trick Daddy made a surprise pop up appearance to shake hands, take pictures, and share a few words of encouragement.
This tour is made possible by City of Miami Chairman Keon Hardemon's Anti-Poverty Initiative, Headliner Market Group, House of Wings, and the Miami CRA.
Check out the GALLERY for a few images (many of the youth in attendance were from a juvenile detention facility and we are unable to post their photographs here).