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Community Invited to Attend “Fostering a Better Image” Lecture Series

More than 300 youth expected to celebrate legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

WHEN:     Jan. 17 – Lecture Series, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Pinellas Technical Institute, 901 34th Street South in St. Petersburg
COST:      Free and open to the public

The AKA AKAdemy will host “Fostering a Better Image” Lecture Series from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the Pinellas Technical Education Center, 901 34 St. South in St. Petersburg.

In collaboration with the Youth Development Foundation of Pinellas County and the I HAVE A DREAM MLK CHOIR, the event is expected to bring together more than 300 youth and families to participate in program activities that promote peace and uphold Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. 

The purpose of the lecture series is to increase awareness about the life, legacy, civil rights and teachings of the late Rev, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The goal is to bring into relevancy his doctrines of non-violence, peace, education and equality.

Participants will have the opportunity to rotate through three dynamic, inspiring and interactive sessions focused on equality, justice and education. Guest speakers include Judge Patrice Moore, Judge Michael Andrews, Representative Darryl Rouson, School Board Member Rene’ Flowers, Jazmine Clarke and Gwendolyn Reese.

Other planned events during the weekend include the following:
Friday, Jan. 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Friday night MLK Concert at Mt Zion Progressive Baptist Church, 955 20th Street South, St. Petersburg.

Sunday, Jan. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. - MLK Candlelight Vigil at the Carter G. Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Avenue South, St. Petersburg.

Monday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon - MLK Day of Service Project at Kidz World Preschool, 50 50th Street South, St. Petersburg. 

For more information, visit www.zuochapter.org or call 727-866-9436.

AKA AKAdemy Showcase/Awards Program

The Fabulous Life

Celebrating 20 Years

Service to the St. Petersburg Communty

Partnership with the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – May 15, 2014. The Youth Development Foundation of the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will hold its annual AKA AKAdemy Showcase/Awards Program at the St. Petersburg Coliseum on Saturday, May 24, 2014. The program kicks off the AKAdemy celebration of 20 years of continuous service to the St. Petersburg community and a 20 year partnership with the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board.

The AKA AKAdemy is the signature program of the Youth Development Foundation and provides youth development services to over 250 youth (Exquisite Gems and Pathfinders) age 11-17 in South Pinellas County.

The AKAdemy is proud to The AKAdemy Awards/Showcase is the culmination of a year filled with program activities, seminars, college preparatory and various community service projects. The showcase allows the youth to end the year on a fun note and celebrate successful program year with creativity, talent and fashion. Program participants will be acknowledged for their commitment to academic excellence, leadership and character. The highlight of the program is the scholarship and graduation ceremony.

Program highlights:

Master of Ceremony – Rep Darryl Rouson

Celebration of AKAdemy Class of 2014

Acknowledgement of AKAdemy honor students and scholars

Award of David T. Welch Scholarshps by Commissioner Kenneth T. Welch

Award of Spirit Award and scholarship by Monique Harris (an AKAdemy Alum)

Award of Youth Development Foundation merit high school and book scholarships

Acknowledgement and graduation of Emerging Young Leaders

Performance by the AKAdemy/Dream Choir - Dr. K. Bernard Parrott, Director

Collaborative performance with Arts Conservatory for Teens - Alex Harris, Director

AKAdemy Student Showcase featuring:

  • Gem and Pathfinder step-off
  • Fashions     
  • Dance, Hip- Hop and more
  • Reception and After-party will follow the Awards and Showcase Program.


The Youth Development Foundation - AKA AKAdemy receives over $109,000 annually from the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board. The program is administered by the ladies of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha in collaboration with the men of the Eta Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

For more information regarding the AKA AKAdemy please visit the website at www.zuochapter.org.