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53rd National Convention C O V E R A G E Young People Dream to Achieve During PYC Experience I had the amazing honor and privilege of serving as the youth photographer for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s Presidential Youth Conference August 3-5 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chosen individuals from the Sorority’s Delta Academy, GEMS and EMBODI programs came from all across the United States to participate in this once in a lifetime experience. Under the theme, “If You Can Dream It, You Can Achieve It,” PYC participants engaged in a wide array of activities that encouraged them to set high goals for themselves and think differently about their lives. On the first night, dubbed the “PYC Kickback,” students were introduced s12 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. to each other and began forming bonds, with members of the Program Planning and Development Committee serving as their facilitators. Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President, and Dr. Martha S. Lue Stewart, immediate past PP&D chair, spoke to the youth about their inner power and reminded them that they are the hope for a brighter future. A panel of the Sorority’s national and regional collegiate leaders shared their academic and professional goals and gave tips on how to get the most out of the college experience. Students also engaged in fun and highly-interactive icebreakers to help them get to know one another. On the second day they toured the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Later in the afternoon they heard from motivational speaker Simon T. Bailey about setting goals and taking action. Participants later embarked on the CSI Experience where they learned what it’s like to be a forensic scientist. The evening concluded with several riveting group discussions that prompted participants to share their thoughts and feelings about dealing with racism in America as an African American youth. On the final day the students listened to retired WNBA player Can- BY MARYAH E. BURNEY Presidential Youth Conference participants visit the University of Nevada – Las Vegas during the 53rd National Convention. PHOTO BY MARYAH BURNEY


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