The Speaker

The Youth Symposium is designed to motivate students in ways that will increase their desire to work towards academic achievement.

This year, the Youth Symposium will be conducted by Erik Cork.

His program, Rap, Rhythm and Rhyme: Rebuilding the Writing Foundation is an intensely fast-paced workshop that empowers students.

His workshops and presentations are geared to help students organize their thoughts and communicate them effectively on paper.   Through music, movement and rap, students will actively participate in a “visually stimulating and physically intoxicating buffet of teachable techniques.”

Mr. Cork has conducted writing workshops for more than 300,000 students, parents and professional educators, representing over 250 school districts and universities throughout the United States and beyond.

He has presented seminars showcasing a wealth of English/Language Arts essential skills at major educational conferences, including the National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the Texas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TEX-TESOL), the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), the Association of Compensatory Educators of Texas (ACET), the Virginia Elementary Principal’s Association and the Texas Middle School Association (TMSA). Mr. Cork was given the prestigious honor of being a featured speaker for the annual Asa G. Hilliard, III, Ed. D. Seminar held at the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) conference in Washington, D.C.


One response to “The Speaker

  1. I am a free-lance newspaper writer here in the New Orleans area and I also assist at an area school’s writing class. I was recently given the opportunity to chaperone students at the youth symposium, I must say that you eloquently brought out so many useful points out that I appreciated and so did the kids. I wish to thank you immensely and encourage you to keep ‘teaching’ and ‘reaching’.

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