Community discussions will focus on African American youth issues


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – African American youth issues will be the main focus of the University of Louisville-Yearlings Club spring discussion series, which concludes in April with the presentation of community service awards.

    The College of Arts and Sciences’ international, diversity and engagement programs offer the free, public talks in partnership with the Yearlings Club at its 4309 W. Broadway location. The series seeks to bring faculty members and the public together to share expertise, discuss issues and forge common bonds. The “Saving Our Youth” events will continue discussions that began last fall.

    Events usually run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. monthly on Sundays from September through April, although the April community reception will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14.

    The spring events are:

    Jan. 18 — “Saving Our Youth IV: Fourth Street Live’s Policies and Practices and Its Relationship to African Americans and Urban Youth,” panel discussion of the role young African Americans may play in ensuring a diverse environment and business opportunities for minorities in downtown’s revitalization (4 p.m.-6 p.m.).

    Feb. 15 — “Saving Our Youth V: Is JCPS Meeting the Needs of Our Youth?” panel discussion about Jefferson County Public Schools, the school reform movement’s impact, new education programs and alternatives to public education (4 p.m.-6 p.m.).

    March 15 — “Saving Our Youth VI: Losing the Battle is Not an Option,” panel discussion about policy solutions and strategies for improving adolescent choices and lifestyles (4 p.m.-6 p.m.).

    April 14 — “Community Reception and Community Spirit Awards,” 12th annual celebration plus presentation of Community Spirit Awards to distinguished citizens (6 p.m.-8 p.m.).

    Established in 1951, the Yearlings Club has members from corporate, government and private organizations. The club is devoted to promoting civic responsibility, community service and leadership development.

    For more information, check or contact Clest Lanier at 502-852-3042 or

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.