Regional Conference Highlights FARWEST REGION ▲ JULY 17-20, 2014 ▲ LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA The Farwest Empowers Young Men at Inaugural EMBODI Conference More than 200 sorors and young men kicked off the 49th Farwest Regional Conference by at-tending the region’s first EMBODI Day of Service at California State University-Long Beach. The event titled, “Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence,” included workshops and a roundtable discussion featuring college counselors, police officers, entrepreneurs, firefighters and elected officials. Dozens of African-American males from throughout Southern California, between the ages of 13-17, attended. National President, Dr. Paulette C. Walker, and Farwest Regional Director Sandra Phillips Johnson offered greetings to the students. Dr. Walker charged the young men with transforming their lives and encouraged them to soar. The keynote speaker, Romeo Brooks, an iridologist, natural hygienist and herb-alist, spoke to the young men about their health and wellness. “We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good end,” said Maleta Wilson, chair of the Farwest Region EMBODI Committee. “Our young men are in crisis. We wanted to bring our community partners and EM-BODI young men from around the region together for a day dedicated specifically to them.” Three EMBODI participants received scholarships to assist them with their first year in college. The event was organized by several Delta Sigma Theta Sorority chapters in the Farwest Region and community partners including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 8 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. By Shanté Morgan-Durisseau Farwest EMBODI Committee members and participants during the first Farwest EMBODI Day of Service at California State University in Long Beach, Calif.
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