AAYHF Celebrates Fathers & Juneteenth This Weekend!
AAYHF Celebrates Fathers & Juneteenth This Weekend!
WHY WE CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH
Juneteenth is a federal holiday celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Galveston, Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, enslaved people were finally declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.
Join AAYHF and Partners to Celebrate Family, Community and Freedom!
Celebrate Juneteenth –
Saturday, June 17 – 10am
See flyer for more information and a copy of the Negro National Anthem below.
Did you know that 14 enslaved families left the Galveston, TX after Juneteenth and relocated to St. John Colony?
Michael Lofton has direct heritage to some of these former enslaved families and he will be attending this event to tell more of the story of his ancestors!
Pinthouse Brewing Honors Juneteenth this weekend with a new can release and proceeds to AAYHF!
See complete details below!
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
JUNETEENTH HONOR WILL SUPPORT AAYHF!
Hope to see you there!
Brewed to commemorate Juneteenth, and in collaboration for the third year in a row with artist, Alannah Tiller (@alilscribble), we are excited to release Starlit Rosé Lager! This year’s Starlit features a new recipe and a new can design, and will debut at our special release event on Sunday, June 18th here at Pinthouse Brewing.
We are partnering once again with the African AmericanYouth Harvest Foundation, who will be the recipients of 20% of the event’s total sales, plus $1 from every pint of Starlit sold at the event, as well as $2 from each 4-pack of Starlit sold! Guests will also have the opportunity to donate individually to the AAYHF at our registers.
Starlit features a dry lager base of German Pilsner malts layered with traditional Hallertau Blanc hops. blackberry, strawberry, and Rousanne and Viongier Grape Must from our friends at @williamchrisvineyards. Inspired by the refreshment and conviviality of a cold light bodied wine on a warm June afternoon.
This year’s special release event will feature a Maker’s Market which will include remarkable work from Alannah as well as 5 other local Black Artists and Makers. The Maker’s Market will run from 12PM – 4PM, so feel free to enjoy our curated brunch offerings while you peruse the creative offerings. Additionally, we’ll be joined by @curtisleemusiq from 1PM – 4PM on the patio.
AALI (African American Leadership Institute) will host Leadership Conference, Monday June 19!
FREE Registration for college students & high school students! Complete details below.
The African American Leadership institute welcomes young Rising Leaders who are in the Austin areato join us at The Long Center this Monday, June 19. There will be a special session for this group focused on Career Mapping, and all other sessions will definitely be of interest as well!
Collegiate students or motivated high school students can attend for FREE and should email email@example.com to obtain their promo code before registering at www.blackxconference.com— where they can also find all the event details and a schedule of the exciting sessions and speakers lined up for the conference.
Urban University 2023
JUNE 12 – JUNE 16
The second week of Camp started off with Grammy nominated artist, Saul Paul, who was the special guest on Monday. He sang, danced with and encouraged Campers!
Campers in STEM & Tech are ongoing workshops. The younger Campers engineered a bridge!
U.S. Army officers and soldiers & Austin CommunityCollege (ACC)representative also stopped by to inspire the Campers about their future career choices!
WATCH THESE INCREDIBLE VIDEOS!
JUNE 5 – JUNE 9
The first week of Urban University Summer Youth Camp 2023 was a success–no surprise there!
Campers easily made new friends, learned new technology as well as participated in a variety of wellness/fitness, life skills workshops, such as financial literacy and field trips to the Thinkery Museum, Blackland Community pre-Juneteenth event, Casa de Miel (an in nature experience)!
Mark Sampson, Attorney
Jasmine Grimes, Courageous Cadence
Austin Community College
D’affluenza – Twaski Simmons
A J Quinton and Aries
STEM and Technology are a major part of the learning structure that our Campers will receive over the next 6 weeks.
The African American Youth Harvest Foundation is committed to serving our youth this summer. Our focus is to address out-of-school time for our youth to remain on track when they return to school. We had an overwhelming number of students, with a pending waiting list. We realize the importance of this camp because it allows the parents to know their children are in a safe environment, receive additional educational knowledge, and exposed to field trips to enhance their learning. We did not want our youth to miss this opportunity or place undue hardship on our parents by not providing this safe place for their children.
The camp is going well, and the youth are having a wonderful time. However, we need additional financial support to bring in additional staff, provide hot meals and assist with field trips.
We are thankful to Huston Tillotson University because they were able to accommodate us with the increased enrollment. However, upon our tour we realized, the gymnasium does not have air conditioning and we would like to rally the community to support and help this University to receive air condition in their gymnasium for all their students and the community they serve.
If you can provide any assistance, please contact Michael Lofton at 512-585-6696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can donate online at www.aayhf.org/donate or text a donation to 77948, the word “CHANGE”.
*SPONSORSHIP TABLES AVAILABLE*
Martin Luther King, III,
will be the Keynote Speaker at the African American Youth Harvest Foundation Annual Gala, Saturday, October 28. In addition, he will be present for a VIP Brunch and Youth Summit on Friday, October 27.
Friday, October 27
Tour of AAYHF Facilities
Youth Summit – Houston Tillotson University
Saturday, October 28
Fairmont Hotel – Downtown Austin
6pm-7pm – Reception
7pm-10pm – Dinner & Event
For Sponsorship and Special Event inquires contact Michael Lofton: MRLOFTON@AAYHF.ORG
WE ARE CELEBRATING 16 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY!
AAYHF COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND SUPPORT
Dr. Kelly and Commissioner Travillion discuss mental health concerns and the need for community solutions.
June 8: TWC Commissioner Aaron Demerson visits AAYHF Resource Center
On May 23, Michael Lofton, Founder & CEO, African American Youth Harvest Foundation, took part in the Aspen Institute Panel Discussion.
AAYHF attended the HC4A (Hindu Charities for America) Scholarship event at the Mayor’s Office. Mayor Kirk Watson gave out the scholarships.
AAYHF is partnering with HC4A for the Cybersecurity Certification program for our AAYHF Youth.
On behalf of the African American Youth Harvest Foundation (AAYHF) and the Hindu Charities for America (HC4A), we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Anirudh and Dr. Kumar of Great Learning Program for their partial sponsorship of the Postgraduate Program in Cybersecurity for three of our deserving students, AJ, Devon, and Ebai. This is our inaugural cohort of students, and we are hopeful that based on this success we can have more students go through the program. All the students have received their Dell Tech Certifications.
AAYHF is accepting registration for our summer Dell Tech Certifications, those interested, please email us at email@example.com
Thank you to the Brewtorium for their ongoing support!
“Black is Beautiful is a collaborative brew started by Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio. Breweries all over the world were invited to brew their own version of Black is Beautiful to raise funds and awareness for the fight for social justice for people of color in our country. Our proceeds will to go to the @aayhfoundation , who seeks to improve access to vital educational, economic and enrichment resources to low income or underinsured community members throughout Austin.”
AAYHF and Dell Technologies are in partnership with Manor ISD working, training, mentoring in educating Dell Student Tech Crew of Manor how to diagnose and repair Chromebooks.
Outstanding News here! Two AAYHF youth earn their Dell Tech Certification!
STEM, Technology, 3-D Printing, Gaming & Coding and more is offered at no charge for youth ages kindergarten through 12th grade inside of the Dell Tech Lounge.
STEM workshops are one of the continuous programs that AAYHF offers for young people.
What is STEM? STEM consists of the natural sciences, technology-related, engineering and math fields.
Austin Legal Access has launched a new law firm, located inside of the African American Youth Resource Center at 6633 E Hwy 290, Suite 303, Austin, Texas 78723. ALA opened its doors for legal services on March 6, 2023. Executive Director and Managing Attorney, Dyan Lofton, will be accepting cases in the following areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Wills/Probate. For more information and to learn more about ALA, please visit: www.AustinLegalAccess.org
AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS NOW ONSITE AT AAYHF!
Happening in Austin!
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