On Sept. 25, approximately 300 students, age 12 – 18, from across the region will converge at the Center for Learning and Technology at Bowie State University for the 12th Annual Youth Leadership Conference. The event is hosted by the Lambda Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

According to the press release, the organization has touched the lives of over 2,000 youth over the years with this day-long conference. This year about 300 students and their parents are expected to attend.

The theme of the 2010 event is “The A(chievement) Team: Next Generation.” The goal is to motivate and inspire the target youth from the Washington metropolitan area “to achieve at their highest levels – academically and beyond.”

The day will consist of two plenary sessions and nine break-out sessions. Topics include: financial literacy, self-awareness, academic achievement, relationship violence, character development and the importance of a college degree. Among the activities for the accompanying adults are sessions to discuss teen health presented by The Maryland Center at Bowie State University, financial planning presented by Prudential Asset Management and supporting school administrators and faculty.

The keynote address for the day will be delivered by the Hon. Ron Machen, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. A motivational address with be given by the Nubian Scholar.

At the conclusion of the conference, attendees will be admitted into the stadium to support the Bowie State University Bulldogs in their first home game against Virginia Union.

This event is free and open to the public. You can register in advance, online, at by clicking on the YLC link. Or you can register between 8-8:45 a.m. on Sept. 25. The sessions at 9 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m.