Area youth invited to attend a community youth symposium

March 8, 2023

The Iota Omicron Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., invites youth in the West Columbia, Columbia and surrounding areas to attend its annual Youth Symposium on March 11, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s event will be held at Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center, 2611 Grant Street in Columbia, S.C.

Open to all youth ages 12-18, the Youth Symposium traditionally highlights some of the prevalent concerns that negatively impact youth such as drugs, teen violence, abuse, low self-esteem, suicide, teen pregnancy, and human trafficking. The theme for this year’s event is “Mission: I’M Possible: “Busting Myths-Turning Can’t Into Can and will explore three prongs – SEL (Social Emotional Learning), STEAM leadership), and social activism to teach students how to effectively and safely use their voices as catalysts for positive change.

The Youth Symposium speakers are Jessica Vann, owner of Invision Counseling, who will host a parent session about supporting young leaders; Reynard Jefferson, a 15-year professional educator and elementary school assistant principal who will be speaking about goal-setting; and Markeida Singleton, NBCT Exceptional Needs Specialist who works to improve the social-emotional development of youth through support groups, targeted interventions, and meaningful guidance.

“Each speaker will offer insight to attendees about how important and possible it is for them to enter careers and join community organizations that will enable them to have an impact on people and causes that affect them,” said Christian Jackson, Youth Symposium chair. “The symposium will identify crucial topics related to expanding opportunities for the future of our youth. Students will apply what they will learn through games, interactive discussions, and hands-on activities.”

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Register through Eventbrite to attend. For more information, contact Christian Jackson at 803-727-2479 or at [email protected].



Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded by seven educators on November 12, 1922, at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The sorority has more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Korea, and the U. S. Virgin Islands. Members aim to enhance the quality of life within the community through public service, leadership development, and education of youth. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.


Held simultaneously, on the second Saturday of March by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Alumnae Chapters across the nation, our Youth Symposium serves as a unifying effort during Sigma Week. The Symposium (supported by undergraduate chapters and affiliates) is designed to highlight some of the prevalent concerns that negatively impact our youth (drugs, teen violence, abuse, low self-esteem, suicide, teen pregnancy, human trafficking, etc.).