Black Youth Vote! Hosts Annual “Vote4Justice” Training Conference April 28 – 30

Black Youth Vote

(Washington, DC) –  As part of its movement building and organizing strategy, Black Youth Vote! (BYV), the youth-led civil rights and social justice arm of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), is hosting its 12th Annual Civic Leadership and Organizing Training Conference (BYV ’16) on April 28-30, 2016, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Headquarters at 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

Black Youth Vote! is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of its founding by bringing young leaders, activists and organizers together from across the country to participate in its BYV ’16 Conference to share and learn about the best strategies and organizing tools to successfully mobilize Black youth to register, engage, mobilize and protect voters in the 2016 Presidential Election & Beyond, said Brianna Patterson, BYV Civic Engagement National Coordinator, NCBCP.  BYV state delegations will be attending the conference from AL, FL, GA, MD, MI, NC, OH, PA, VA and the District of Columbia.

“BYV ’16 will also focus on issues that are most important to Black youth and young adults to draft its BYV Agenda 2016-2022 including: education/college affordability, criminal justice reform, reentry, workers’ rights, environmental justice, health/reproductive justice, gender justice; protecting the Black vote and more,” said Daniel C. Bradley, BYV Black Male Initiatives National Coordinator, NCBCP.

BYV ’16 Sponsors include: AFGE, SEIU, Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation

BYV’16 Co-Hosts and Supporting Organizations include: BYV Alumni Group, Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation/AL BYV, Brown Girls Lead, Community of Hope AME MD, Educate America, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation/FL BYV, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Fair Elections Network, Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda/GA BYV, IMPACT, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, Michigan Black Youth Vote/Mothers of Hope, The Millennial Coalition, MORCA, NAN Youth Move, NUL Young Professionals, NAACP Youth & College Division, National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, Ohio Unity Coalition/OH BYV, Philadelphia Black Youth Vote, Rising Sons, The Democracy Commitment, United States Students Association, Young Invincibles.

For twenty years BYV! has served as one of  the leading youth led movements and has successfully engaged and trained two (2) generations of Black civic leaders, elected officials, advocates and political activists. Through BYV!,  students, community advocates and young professionals gain essential tools that enable them to lead their communities to participate fully in the democratic process, resulting in greater social and economic justice in the Black Community. 


 BYV ‘16 lead facilitators, trainers and presenters will include:

The Honorable Angela Angel, Member, BYV Alumni Group, Delegate MD State Legislature
Deven Anderson, Member, BYV Alumni Group
Avery Bizell, Member, BYV Alumni Group, National Organizer, Center for Third World Organizing
Daniel Bradley, BYV Black Male Initiatives National Coordinator, NCBCP
Stefanie Brown-James, Founder, Black Girls Lead
Shawn Bryant, Digital Media Specialist, SEIU
Savannah Campbell, BYV! Collegiate Intern
David E. Carter, Vice President, The Millennial Coalition
Gary Durant, Motivational Speaker & Re-Entry/Returning Citizens Advocate
Byuanca Godbolt, BYV Alabama State Coordinator, ACBCP
Joshua Gray, Co-Chair, BYV! Alumni Group, Special Assistant to the Chair, SEIU Healthcare
Ebynn Hanna, BYV Florida State Coordinator, FCBCP
Share Harris, Deputy Director, MORCA
Holli Holliday, Esq., Unity’16 Campaign Manager, NCBCP
Sherman Justice, BYV!, NCBCP Black Male Initiative Fellow, NCBCP
Cedric Lawson, Field Director, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
Krysal Leaphart, Chief of Staff, IMPACT
Reverend Tony Lee, Pastor, Community of Hope AME Church, Board Member, NCBCP
Illai Kenney, Member, BYV! Alumni Group, Environmental Justice Expert
Desmond Meade, President, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, FL Black Men’s Roundtable, FCBCP
Sheena Meade, BYV Alumni Group Member, Child Nutrition Advocate
Marquis McKenzie, Youth Leader, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Tylik McMillan, Member, NAN Youth Move, Student Activist, North Carolina A & T
Alex Peay, Philadelphia PA BYV Coordinator, Founder, Rising Sons
Brianna Patterson, BYV Civic Engagement National Coordinator, NCBCP
Joshua Raby, Alabama Black Youth Vote! State Coordinator, ACBCP
Breana Ross, Vice President, United States Students Association
Ebonee Rice, National Young American and Women’s Engagement Director, Enroll America
Si’Eirria Singleton-Moore, Kalamazoo Michigan BYV Coordinator, Mothers of Hope
Colin Seeberger, Strategic Campaigns Advisor, Young Invincibles
Dorian Spence, Counsel, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Ashley Sharpton, Director & Social Media Correspondent, NAN Youth Huddle
John Taylor, Co-Chair, BYV Alumni Group, National Field Director for Property Services Division, SEIU


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