Community Matters: Angel Youth Center’s “Beat the Streets Teen Summit II”

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) – Central Illinois continues to experience bouts of violence across communities, many residents of which are fed up with the events. One of those places is Urbana, home to the Angel’s Youth Center. The non-profit organization, led by Angelica and Pastor Angel Johnson, has made it a priority to reach children in need.

That’s why Saturday, June 18 will be the organization’s second annual Beat the Streets Teen Summit. It is a gathering of positive individuals in Champaign-Urbana and beyond to unite in peace. This event is an opportunity for networking, sharing ideas, education and support. It is also a place where young people can be free.

That’s why Earnest Johnson Senior, director at AYC, stopped by the studio this morning. He was joined by Roman Drake, Activities Coordinator and Keyarah Johnson, Keynote Speaker for Youth Events. The young people themselves, Roman and Keyarah, set out to represent the promise and potential of nonviolent ways.

This only benefited Keyarah in the long run, as she recently earned her CNA license from Parkland College. Today, as her aspirations continue to grow, she wants to send a message to her community.

“I hope to send a message of encouragement and have more responsibility and take a leap of faith when it comes to trying new projects or things. Angel’s Youth Center has really helped me because they gave a support system and I got my CNA license by going to their program and getting the support I needed.

AYC’s “Beat the Streets Teen Summit II” will be held from 10:00 a.m. in the morning until 2:00 a.m. this afternoon. You can find AYC members and volunteers settling in at Douglas Park in Champaign. If you want to come early, you can. Children ages 13-18 are invited and special guest speakers will be present.

To learn more about the Teen Summit, click on here or email [email protected]

To learn more about Angel’s Youth Center and all they offer our young people, click on here.

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