Former CNN Anchor and Award-Winning Journalist Soledad O’Brien to Serve as Keynote Speaker at the #IamCHANGE Youth Townhall Presented by L.E.A.D. Nation in partnership with Broward College and WEDR 99 Jamz

A Candid Conversation on Education and Youth Violence in South Florida (Miami,Fl)- L.E.A.D Nation (Leaders By Empowerment, Activists By Development) in partnership with Broward
College and WEDR 99 Jamz will co-host the #IamCHANGE Youth TownHall on Friday, May 17th, 2013 from 7pm-9pm at Broward College – Judson A. Samuels Campus at 7200 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL. A precursor to the annual South Florida Youth Summit this fall, the purpose of this town hall style meeting will be to provide a platform for youth to organize and discuss the issues that plague their communities. The Think Tank- like environment will help set the stage for this year’s progressive agenda, inspiring students to create real solutions to
real issues. Miss Kimmy and Shelby Rushin, popular radio personalities from 99 Jamz will MC the evening and Soledad O’Brien will deliver the keynote address. This event is free and open to the public.

The primary objective of this series is to empower Generation Y to create solutions that directly address South Florida’s epidemic of youth violence, education challenges, and increased childhood obesity. Youth summit events will be held in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties that focus specially on students in grades 6-12 and the annual South Florida Youth Summit will take place this year on October 16-19th.

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Social Media Info:
Event HashTag – #IamChange
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@MiddayChic (Shelby Rushin)

About L.E.A.D Nation
The mission of L.E.A.D Nation is to provide experiential learning opportunities to middle and high school students centered on themes of leadership and community activism that empowers them to challenge current standards while charting new paths to greatness. Students who attend our programs are exposed to new career opportunities, mentored by community leaders, and prepared to successfully transition from adolescence to adulthood. Please visit and and like us on Facebook at

About 99 Jamz
99 Jamz is South Florida’s only station for Hip Hop & R&B. For more information about JAMZ in the Community and to listen LIVE, please visit Follow them on Twitter at @99Jamz and on Facebook at

About Soledad O’Brien
Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning, highly esteemed, multimedia journalist and former anchor of CNN’s morning news program, Starting Point. O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning and record-breaking documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today. O’Brien has committed to reporting issues often uncovered in mainstream media. Her 2009 project, Latino in America, was a wide-ranging look at Latinos living in this country and how they’re reshaping America while America is reshaping them. Black in America, a four-hour documentary focused on successful community leaders that are improving the lives of African-Americans. For more information about Soledad O’Brien, follow her on Twitter @Soledad_Obrien.

(For Immediate Release)-April 7, 2013
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Yvette N. Harris
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