MANY SHADES OF COLOUR YOUNG WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
(first Saturday of March each year)
A full day of empowerment! MSC, mobilizes young women between 6th through 12th grade, mentors and community leaders together to help celebrate and empower Young women. Designed to address challenges hindering Young Women’s academic, social, psychological, and financial success. Filled with presentations and interactive workshops, facilitated by accomplished women leaders in the community and star power, focusing on topics such as health, leadership, team building, academic achievement, self-worth, financial responsibility, goal setting, cultural competency/awareness, emotional intelligence and obligations of citizenship.
A GREATER DES MOINES CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG MEN OF COLOR
(last Saturday of October each year)
A full day of empowerment! "YMOC", is a rites of passage event for Middle School and High School Young Men Of Color that intentionally mobilizes fathers, mentors, dignitaries, corporate, academic and social service professionals. Together we address challenges, seek solutions and empower the Young Men with information and resources to counter cultures and systems hindering them for achieving optimal success.
According to all academic, social and financial statistics throughout the nation Young Men Of Color face the greatest challenges. It is a fact that they are in a state of crisis. Media confirms that powers and principalities of society prey on their vulnerabilities. Recently Des Moines has been recognized as the worst place to live for blacks based off of incarceration, financial and other social factors.
Corn Bred Cornbread Festival
(July each year)
The ultimate flex, where our Kids get to apply all of there skills that they develop through Hip-Hope programming. This Festival is unapologetically corny! It’s designed to highlight Iowa’s future and promote “One Iowa Culture” by bridging the gaps between Iowa's urban and rural cultures in food, education, agriculture, arts, health, technology and careers. There is a live stage, contests, tournaments, exhibits, a job fair and lots and lots of Cornbread!