By Chris Pierre Louis
ORLANDO – About 1,200 people from 15 states are here at the conference, which is aimed at combating crime in black communities.
“Crime is not a part of the black heritage,” said Gloria Scott of the Urban League of Palm Beach County. “And so we try to promote that we don’t have to settle for a lot of the problems and ills that face many of our neighborhoods and communities, that there are things that we can do.”
The Urban League, with financial support from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, brought more than 100 students and chaperones to the conference.
About 400 middle and high school students are at the conference. One session gives them the chance to voice their concerns about peer pressure and other issues they’re facing.
Workshops address education and employment – even how music can be a negative influence.
“This conference is to really look at new strategies to come back and combat crime in your various communities,” said Abby Allen of Broward County. “When we bring it all together. we can come to the table with several solutions for our community.”
Following the workshops on Wednesday, the students were treated to a private party at Fun Spot.
The conference ends on Saturday.