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Empowering Future Leaders: Alpha Phi Alpha’s 2024 Conference in St. Croix

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On a remarkable Saturday, February 24th, the University of the Virgin Islands’ Great Hall in St. Croix became a hub of inspiration and empowerment as it hosted the Alpha Phi Alpha Youth Leadership Conference. Organized by the fraternity’s Iota Sigma Lambda Chapter, with backing from the VI Board of Career & Technical Education (VIBCTE) and UVI Cell, the event welcomed approximately fifty eager young participants from various local educational institutions and home-school environments.

Coinciding with Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, the conference was a beacon for young men seeking guidance on leadership, making a personal impact, achieving goals, and navigating financial matters, among other pivotal themes. The day was highlighted by the presence of influential speakers such as Lt. Governor Tregenza Roach, Major General Kodjo S. Knox-Limbacker from the V.I. National Guard, and Chief Judge Robert Molloy of the District Court, who shared invaluable insights from their journeys in leadership and success.

The conference’s dynamic and interactive sessions explored crucial topics ranging from the significance of mastering a skilled trade to the wise use of social media. Key contributions also came from Angus Drigo, the Executive Director of the Disability Rights Center of V.I., and Anton Doos III, the Executive Director of the V.I. Career & Technical Education Board, who introduced attendees to the realms of financial literacy and cutting-edge educational tools like virtual reality.

Frank Abednego, the chapter’s president, expressed his profound appreciation to the distinguished panelists and the community for their unwavering support. Looking forward, Abednego shared his optimism for an even more enriching conference in 2025, building on the strong foundation laid this year.

The 2024 Alpha Phi Alpha Youth Leadership Conference not only reaffirmed the fraternity’s dedication to cultivating leadership qualities and academic achievement among St. Croix’s young men but also promised continued support for their empowerment and growth into future leaders.

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