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Apr 28, 2016

Black Youth Vote Holds Annual Training Conference in Washington, D.C.

#BYV16 #Vote4Justice #blackyouthvote

Black Youth Vote! Determined to Engage Millennials As Key Swing Vote for 2016 Presidential Election & Beyond by Connecting Protest, To Policy, To the Polls!

(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.

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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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