1st Annual EMBODI Summit

The Tampa Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Institute are calling all male youth between the ages of 11 through 18 to participate in the 1st Annual EMBODI Summit on Saturday, February 13, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College (Ybor Campus) in Ybor Room #124 located at 2001 N. 14th Street (Republica de Cuba and 9th Avenue), Tampa, Florida.

The EMBODI: Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., with the support and action of other major organizations, on the plight of African American males. Both informal and empirical data suggests that the vast majority of African American males continue to be in crisis and are not reaching their fullest potential educationally, socially and emotionally. EMBODI is purposed to address these issues through dialogue and recommendations for change and action.

The Summit is FREE, open to the public and facilitated in partnership with concerned African American community leaders that share in the vision of bringing meaningful programs that foster sincere opportunities to discuss issues of importance with our youth. “Participants should leave the event with a deeper understanding of how violence negatively affects them and their community, how to balance spirituality with other aspects of their lives, the many career and education options available to them outside of sports, and how to dress appropriately for everyday and special occasions”, states Miranda Pringle, Program Chair.

This year’s distinguished guest speakers will bring interactive topics to the forum such as, Overcoming the Odds, Dress for Success, Spirituality, Domestic & Street Violence, Career and Educational Opportunities, and more. EMBODI guest speakers include: Mr. Clemmon Aswad Hodges, MBA (Moderator), Mr. Brian Bethune (Motivational Speaker and Educator), Mr. Kevin Hobbs ( Entrepreneur and NFL Detroit Lions Cornerback), Captain Roosevelt “Rocky” Ratliff, III (Tampa Police Department), Mr. Foster Scotland, MBA (Entrepreneur and Educator), Mr. Michael Trigg (Entrepreneur and Educator).

RSVP for this event is required. To RSVP, become a sponsor or for more information please contact Ms. Miranda Pringle, Program Chair, at 813-778-5212 or embodi@tampametrodst.org. For event flyer and speaker bios, visit our website at www.tampametrodst.org.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., founded in 1913, is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world (www.deltasigmatheta.com). The major programs of the Sorority are based upon the organization's Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.

The Tampa Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter (TMAC) was chartered in Tampa, Florida on April 21, 2003. The Chapter is committed to upholding the high morality, sisterhood, scholarship, and service within the African-American community that our illustrious founders envisioned.

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