California State University, Fresno is offering a new tool to help students, parents, and educators, the African American Education and Leadership Forum on Sept. 18, at Bethesda Apostolic Church in Fresno (3723 E. Dakota Ave).

Presented by Fresno State’s University Outreach Services, the forum is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with check-in beginning at 9 o’clock. The deadline for registration is Sept. 9.

Southern California-based motivational speaker Jewel Diamond Taylor and Africana Studies scholar Dr. T. Hasan Johnson will share their insights on African-American females, black male development and at-risk youth. Johnson teaches in Fresno State’s Africana and American Indian Studies Program.

The forum, “Returning to our Educational Roots: This Far by Faith,” will include workshops on such topics as college preparation, admission, financial aid and scholarships, mentorship and advocacy, said Tanya Crabb, an outreach counselor at Fresno State and the event coordinator.

Workshop presenters are professionals from a variety of educational fields, Crabb added.

The forum is free, open to the public and includes lunch. Attendees must pre-register for the 300 slots available, so Crabb advises those interested to sign up early. The first 100 student registrants will receive a gift.

Online registration for the conference and specific workshops is available at

Co-sponsors are the Baptist Pastor Conference of Fresno and Central California and the West Fresno Ministerial Alliance.

For additional information, contact Crabb at or 559.278.2048.

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