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Breaking News!!! 19 Days Until the AAYHF’s Annual Changing the Story Gala!

Breaking News: 19 Days Until AAYHF’s Annual “Changing the Story” Gala & Legacy Awards – Tickets Available! Free Registration for the Youth Summit w/Martin Luther King III
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Why should you attend

AAYHF’s Annual

 “Changing the Story” Gala & Legacy Awards Event…

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Legacy Award Honorees and Friends of AAYHF believe it is important to attend this year’s annual Gala with Keynote Speaker Martin Luther King III because it is an opportunity to support a vital organization that is making a difference in the lives of young people, and to hear from an iconic figure in the fight for civil rights and social justice.

The African American Youth Harvest Foundation (AAYHF) is a nonprofit organization that provides educational and social support programs to youth in the Austin, Texas area. AAYHF’s programs help young people to succeed in school, develop their talents, and become engaged leaders in their communities.

Click on each of their individual’s YouTube interview below to hear their perspective:



AAYHF “Changing the Story”

Gala & Legacy Awards Honorees

Released PSA’s


Martin Luther King III


State NAACP President – Mr. Gary Bledsoe


Austin NAACP President – Nelson Linder


Mr. Carl Hunter – CEO – Building Promises


Elaine Lofton – AAYHF Chief Program Officer

Phyllis Everette – Founder & CEO Saffron Trust Women’s Foundation

Ebonie Trice – Founder & CEO Mission Accomplished

Sabine “Bini” Coleman – Founder & CEO 212 Catalysts

Dr. Joyce James – President & CEO – Joyce James Consulting

Dexter Brown – Vice President – Dell Technologies

Pastor Joseph C. Parker, Jr. – Senior Pastor, David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

DeAndre Wheeler – Senior Program Coordinator – AAYHF

Twaski Simmons – Founder, D’Affluenza Development & Training

Peter Daniels – Co-Founder, Therapy Works ATX

Shuronda Robinson – CEO Austin Women’s Magazine

Carl S. Richie – Attorney at Law

Harish Kotecha – Founder Hindu Charities for America

Reverend Mary Keenan – Associate Director, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Sheri Marshall Jackson, President Top Ladies of Distinction Capital City Chapter/CEO Beat Notary Academy/Umoveit-Wecleanit Janitorial

Bill Wallace – Director, Tomorrow’s Promise Foundation

Chas Moore – Founder & Co-Executive Director,

Austin Justice Coalition

Rev. Roy F. Jones, II – Senior Pastor New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

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*Gala Weekend Itinerary Update*

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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 Statewide Youth Summit.


Friday, October 27


Tour of AAYHF Facilities &

Youth Resource Center

Location: AAYHF, 6633 Hwy 290 E.,

Suite #307, Austin, TX 78723

Friday, October 27


VIP Brunch w/MLK III & Panel Discussion (Invitation Only)

Location: Impact Hub,

5540 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78756


Saturday, October 28

Statewide Youth Summit

Registration Required

Email us:


Location: AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd.,

Austin, TX 78723

*Seeking Sponsorship

Saturday, October 28

“Changing the Story” Annual Gala

6pm-7pm – Reception

7pm-10pm – Formal Dinner & Legacy Awards Event

Location: Fairmont Austin Hotel,

101 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701

For Sponsorship and Special Event inquires contact Michael Lofton: MRLOFTON@AAYHF.ORG

Reserve Your Seat Here

AAYHF would like to thank AISD for the utilization of the AISD Performing Arts Center, which will be the venue for the

Statewide Youth Summit.

Registration coming within the next few weeks.

AAYHF also would like to thank the IMPACT HUB for the use of their facility where the AAYHF MLK III – VIP Brunch will be hosted.

We hope you will consider attending the AAYHF Annual Gala on October 28, 2023. It is a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people in Austin and to celebrate local Honorees that are making a difference in our community.

  • You will have the opportunity to hear from Martin Luther King III, a powerful advocate for social justice.
  • You will be supporting the work of AAYHF, which is dedicated to helping youth succeed.
  • You will be part of a special evening that will celebrate the achievements of local Honorees.

Tickets are selling fast for the AAYHF Annual “Changing the Story” Gala.

Secure your table/tickets today!

This will be a

Formal Attire Dinner Event.

Purchase Gala Tickets Here!



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Last week with AAYHF!

AAYHF Boys & Girls Mentoring Program – Tuesday, October 3

The AAYHF Mentoring program is a wonderful resource for boys and girls in the Austin area. It’s free to enroll, and we provide guidance from caring Mentors who give young people the support they need to succeed in school and life, technology/STEM, guest speakers, and a nutritious hot meal every Tuesday.

If you know of a young person who could benefit from the AAYHF Mentoring program, please encourage them to enroll. It’s a free program that can help them reach their full potential.

Visit us for registration or email us at with any questions.

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Also on October 3, AAYHF participated in National Night Out in Austin, Texas!

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AAYHF with Community Partners!

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Michael & Elaine Lofton attended Hindu Charities for America (HC4A) dba Education Careers for America Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Gala.

HC4A provide and support AAYHF with scholarships in Cybersecurity and we are seeking to expand to other scholarship opportunities.

Michael Lofton, Founder & CEO, AAYHF, was on the panel speaking of the benefit and also spoke about the impact of the scholarships.

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10/1 – 10/7 w/ AAYHF!

Both mentoring groups, Boys2Men (B2M) and Queens2Be (Q2B) combined for a night of playing games and as always, a delicious hot meal that ended with powerful affirmations!

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Sunday, October 1 – AAYHF hosted a tailgate filming with

Charles Nook Turner ByrdCEO & Founder Bread City Entertainment and CEO & Founder at Jump On It.

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Saturday, September 30 – Mentoring

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Saturday, September 30 – Michael Lofton, Founder & CEO, AAYHF, was a guest speaker at a Mental Health Forum hosted by Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., which was held at AAYHF Offices.

Topic of discussion: “Putting the Pieces Back Together”

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Friday, September 29 – AAYHF attended an event at Manor ISD where Dr. Calvin Kelly was the presenter giving an overall foundation of mental health and discussing “What is Mental Health?”

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On September 26, 2023…

“Tomorrow’s Promise Foundation & DOLE Dream Out Loud Experience took 24 inner city youth camping for two days at Inks Lake State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife. We spent the weekend going kayaking, swimming, learning how to use tools to cook with, nature hikes, community building circles, amongst other activities. Thank you to our parents for trusting us with your children & allowing them to experience camping outdoors.

Thank you to Six Square Austin’s Black Cultural District, Hungry Hill Foundation, AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUTH HARVEST FOUNDATION, & AAUL for supporting the cause & our efforts. We had a blast this weekend, see y’all in 2024 for the next round of camping trips.”

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September 18, 2023 – Austin, TX – Avery Ranch Golf Club

THANK YOU to the Austin Ranch Golf Club and the organizers of the 6th Annual

Dr. Charles Urdy Golf Tournament to support

the African American Youth Harvest Foundation.

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AAYHF takes an active role by participating and being present for events that benefit the community.

On, Saturday, September 23 we set up our table of programs and services for guests who attended the

2nd Annual Districtwide Austin ISD Showcase!

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Also, on Saturday, September 23 – AAYHF participated in the “Take a Loved One for a Checkup” event, hosted by Austin Public Health.

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Austin, TX – September 14, 2023, Michael Lofton met with Martin Luther King III to discuss the upcoming four events AAYHF will host

October 27-28, 2023.

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See for yourself the excitement that takes place in our Mentoring Programs and around the Offices of the Harvest Foundation!

Open the YouTube video links below to learn more about the vision and mission Michael Lofton, Founder & CEO, and the AAYHF Team have for young people and the community!


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Youth Leadership Institute w/Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated Beta Psi Omega Chapter Video

AAYHF Annual Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway Video!

Cap Metro & Harvest Foundation Trauma Recovery Center Video!

Michael Lofton speaks during a Youth Mentoring Session Video!

Mentoring Groups Physical and Nutrition Fitness Day Video!

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Queens to Be/Q2B and Boys2Men/B2M are weekly scheduled AAYHF mentoring programs held onsite every Tuesday. Our mentoring programs are year-round and free for youth participants. For more information contact email us at


“Youth Leadership Institute”! AAYHF is partnering with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc – Beta Psi Omega Chapter to provide this year-long leadership program to youth ages 10 – 13 years old and we have room for more! We meet on the second Saturday of each month.

For more information email us at:

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Saturday, August 26, 2023 –

Event Day –

60th Anniversary MLK March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom –

Washington, D.C.

AAYHF CEO, Michael Lofton and wife, Elaine, attended the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington. In addition to Lofton’s scheduled meetings, Michael met the following individuals:

Rev. Al Sharpton. Pastor Frederick Haynes, National Urban League President Marc Morial, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Hakeem Jefferies, Mayor Andrew Young, Mario Van Peebles, Korey Wise, Attorney Benjamin Crump, CNN Political Contributor Van Jones, First Lady of New York, several members from the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus and many more. 

The event was breathtaking, and a lot of critical information was shared. I will post a lot of the speeches from the 20 plus speakers. Michael and Elaine met Martin Luther King III and family before they left D.C. on Sunday, and they look forward to coming to Austin to be with the community on October 27th and 28th. 

We hope everyone can come and join us for all the events we have planned. 

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Friday, August 25, 2023 – March on Washington

Pre-Event Day – Washington, D.C.

Michael Lofton photographed with, Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder & President, National Action Network (NAN)/Civil Rights Activist, Senior Pastor, Frederick D. Haynes, III (Dallas, TX) and Marc H. Morial, President, National Urban League.

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“Thank you, Mr. Lofton and the team at @aayhfoundation for all the amazing work you do for our youth & community. We had a great time seeing your programs in action!”


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We appreciate the support of Cadence Bank Foundation! Thank you, Mr. Rogers, for visiting AAYHF on September 26, 2023!

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Thank you to our friends at The Brewtorium Brewery & Kitchen (Austin, TX) for their ongoing support!

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“Delighted to connect Michael Lofton, CEO of African American Youth Harvest Foundation with TCSOA (Travis County Sheriff’s Officers Association) leadership. I’m grateful that The Association presented a check to support AAYHF youth programs.”

—Commissioner Ann Howard – at Travis County, Texas – Government.

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Thanks to Jack n Jill Austin Chapter for supporting AAYHF!

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Thank you to A+ Federal Credit Union for their generous support of AAYHF families and programs!

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Protect your family and your legacy and by doing so you will also help another family! Purchase financial planning services from Value Financial Services: Scan the QR Code for a savings and support AAYHF!

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STEM & Mentoring


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.

For more info:

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Scan the QR Code or email us at:

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African American Youth Harvest Foundation

6633 Hwy 290 E., #307

Austin, TX 78723



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