On Saturday, February 22nd, Youth Works, Inc hosted part two of the Black Male Conference Series to address legal empowerment in Duval County’s hardest-hit neighborhoods through holistic development. A host of speakers covered a variety of issues, including strategies for sustained engagement, transformative leadership practices and the sharing of resources. Moderator Jermyn Shannon discussed the current statistics surrounding incarcerated black youth, school truancy, gun and domestic violence and parental and student psychosocial training and therapy. Panelists included local activist Mal Jones, Diallo Sekou, Preston Harris, and Grayson Marshall voicing their views and outlook on the conference next steps to educate, equip and empower the community to achieve the desired results. According to the NAACP Criminal Justice fact sheet, nationwide, African American children represent 32% of children who are arrested, 42% of children who are detained, and 52% of children whose cases are judicially waived to criminal court. The next conference is scheduled inside the Museum Of Contemporary Art on Saturday, March 28th from 11-2pm.