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C.E.O.s of Tomorrow event demonstrated to youth future possibilities for success

Fulton County District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall demonstrated to teens many of the possibilities available to them for their future success during the C.E.O.s (Careers-Entrepreneurship-Opportunities) of Tomorrow Youth Conference at the Loudermilk Center on Friday, October 26, 2018.   The group of about 400 teens, including those in leadership and those facing potential barriers to their future successes were chosen by guidance counselors and principals in Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County Schools, private schools, and charter schools.  

“I want our youth to know that they can have bright futures ahead with guidance and wise decisions,” said District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall. “Even those who face economic and social barriers can succeed with the help of mentors, social workers and educators such as the ones that were on our program schedule.”

 Former gang member, Arthur Powell, one of the workshop presenters told students, “Your character defines you.” He explained the four pillars of character, which include appearance, communication, respect and integrity. Powell spoke from experience about the costs of taking wrong paths.   Now a successful life coach, Powell started his own company, EGRESS, which stands as an example for teens of what a change in direction can bring to their futures.

Workshop presenters also included Dr. Shawn Bulloch a film professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design and a Math and Science Specialist for Student Support Services at Savannah State University. He has also served as an assistant Professor of the Mass Media Arts Department of Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Bullock told the students how to navigate the film industry successfully and professionally through relationship building.

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library presented a STEM (Science –Technology- Engineering-Math) challenge, which featured a large-scale building set and rolling robots.  Additional presenters included independent script writer and director Shaun Mathis, music production and audio engineer Gervin “Fireman” McDaniel,   Rachel Alterman Wallack, founder of the youth publication VOX, music journalist and author Maurice Garland and Clair Lisco, Empowerment Advocate for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV)

In an effort to address the impact of run-ins with the law, Juvenile Court Probation Officer Samuel Washington informed teens of the offenses that can send them to adult court with potentially life-changing consequences. With October being Domestic Violence Awareness month, students were advised on how to build healthy relationships that are safe and free of violence. Fulton County Solicitor General Keith Gammage provided “Real Talk About the law.”

A detailed panel discussion during lunch included Co-Creators of the men’s cosmetics line Respected Roots Jason L. Hawkins and Jaret Patterson, Jarwanda Harris, a Regional Kinship Navigator for the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services, Renee Bazel, Director of Development and Communications for Community Friendship, Inc. (Inc.) Bem Joiner, founding member of the creative branding agency The Tmrrws and Dionna Collins, founder of the company, ComfiArt.   The panel also featured Director of Fulton County Arts and Culture Lionell Thomas who described the careers available in the arts.

 For feedback from students, the conference included a social media wall that allowed them to submit their comments and concerns regarding the subjects presented during the workshops and panel discussion.

Students that attended the conference included the following schools: Benjamin E. Mays High School, Booker T. Washington High School, Creekside High School, D. M. Therrell High School, Henry W. Grady High School, South Atlanta High School, Langston Hughes High School, Bear Creek Middle School, Camp Creek Middle School, Harper-Archer Middle School, Ronald E. McNair Middle School, Woodland Middle School, Hapeville Charter School, Drew Charter School, Kipp Atlanta Collegiate, Fulton County LEAP and a full-time Georgia State University student.

For more information, contact Commissioner Hall’s Office at 404-612-8226alt.

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