ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- On Saturday, Piedmont Virginia Community College was packed with local African-American young men in middle and high school. The young men, along with their parents, were taking part in the EMBODI conference, which focused on ways to make young men more confident and positive about the future.
"In order for young black men to have that confidence, to go out into the world to make a name for themselves as well as their community, conferences like this are important," said Beverly Adams, a Co-Chair of the EMBODI Conference.
The conference focused on the topics of education, health, and character development.
"My hope is that by listening to these three topics, they synthesize a game plan," said Bernard Hairston, the president of 100 Black Men of Central Virginia. "That they can walk away and say, 'I am going to change my life, change my attitude, change how I learn, and how I behave each and everyday."
Other speakers said they want the young men to walk away believing in themselves.
"If you set the right goals and work hard to achieve them, you can do whatever you want to do," said Daniel Watkins, the Keynote Speaker for the EMBODI Conference. "It takes effort and it takes commitment."