Alpha Kappa Alpha to host EYL Community Summit

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Delta Omega Omega Chapter will host the “Emerging Young Leaders Community Summit – The Total Package: Your Toolkit for Success” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the HPER Complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The summit will feature workshops on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, cyber etiquette/cyber bullying, leadership development, team building, and there will be a student lead forum to discuss issues facing youth today. The free summit is open to boys and girls in grades six through eight. Parent workshops will also be available for those that would like to attend.

The keynote speaker for this event will be Marquis Cooper Sr. of Little Rock, the author of “Guidance ~N~ Action”, which is recognized as a model program for the National Dropout Prevention Center. Cooper is a graduate of Lee High School at Marianna. He also has a bachelor of arts degree from Philander Smith College, a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and is currently seeking his doctorate in education administration from UALR. He is a licensed counselor for grades K-12 in the states of Tennessee and Arkansas. He currently serves as a youth pastor at Gaines Street Missionary Baptist Church and is the high school counselor at Maumelle High School in the Pulaski County Special School District.

The co-chairmen for the summit are Monique Benford, Kelli Dixon, Margaret Flannigan and Erin Pilcher. Students may register online at or mail completed forms to P.O. Box 2105 Pine Bluff, Ark., 71603. For more information, contact Benford at 870-413-6028 or e-mail