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‘Hip Hop Preacher’ will give keynote speech at youth forum

Motivational speaker Eric Thomas, also known as ET – the Hip Hop Preacher, will be the keynote speaker when the Community Action Organization of Erie County holds its first Youth Power Summit and Mentor Forum at 11 a.m. March 29 in Bennett High School, 2885 Main St.

The Mentor Forum, for parents, educators and youth organization leaders, will begin with a workshop titled “The High School Journey to College” and led by award-winning educational consultant Keli-Koran Luchey. The workshop will be followed by a one-hour talk by Thomas.

The CAO Youth Power Summit will include discussions and interactive presentations on academic success, jobs, finances and health.

Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, call the CAO at 881-5150, Ext. 3301, or visit