“Strategies and Outcomes for Our Black Community” is the theme of African American Organizations Making Connections 2013, a free event featuring panels and workshops for members of the Black community that will be held Saturday, Feb 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium at Laney College, 900 Fallon St. in Oakland.
The one-day event is designed to help community members connect, learn and take action around critical issues like public safety, health and job creation.
Workshops and panels will support those who are seeking positive outcomes and real strategies for improving the Black community in the Bay Area.
Sponsors are Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Clorox, Laney College and the Socially Responsible Network.
The plenary panel will be: “A Look into the Black Community – Where We Have Been, Where We Are, Where We Are Going.” Workshops will include “Our Community a Safe Place – Public Safety,” “Business / Job creation / Workforce Development Strategies,” “Faith-based and Community Organizations,” “Black Health and Wellness and “A Black Community as One – Intergenerational Relationships”
The first Making Connections event in 2010 attracted more than 350 people, and organizers expect more than 500 at this year’s event.
With a focus on solutions and measurable outcomes, this event will bring together experts and community members who have a wealth of knowledge, expertise and access to resources, according to the organizers.
The event will provide a free catered lunch. Youth are encouraged to attend.
To RSVP, go to http://aamakingconnections2013.eventbrite.com/ Join the Facebook group at /www.facebook.com/AfricanAmericansMakingConnections