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Keystone '13: Day Two
Keystone continues and today was full of hot beats, cool lyrics, teens winning all over the place!
MCML Teen Reporter
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Photos from the second day of the Keystone Teen Leadership Conference

By Teen Reporters Whitney S., Gene Matthews BGC and Paloma G., BGC of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Keystoners were on their feet and doing the wave before the morning session officially began on day two of conference. One guy woke everyone up by jumping onstage and rocking out to Michael Jackson, complete with moonwalking.
 
The session included a rousing performance from M4 winner Blake M., who performed the song he wrote for the Money Matters Music Mogul contest. He not only won a $1,000 scholarship, but he got to have his song produced by Grammy-nominated producer and founder of Bridge DA Gap, Khao Cates.
 
Then a group of teen performers -- including three Club members -- from Las Vegas performed the “Toe Tag Monologues.” This performance was intense and very impacting to every single teen in the ballroom. It featured stories of teens who have made poor decisions that cost them either their lives or the lives of their loved ones. Gang violence, rape, drug use, bullying and suicide were addressed. “This was the very first time, in three years that we have been using social media during the conference, that there was no teen tweeting,” said Dave Rozman, “that’s how you know that EVERYONE was engaged.” Not one person in that room had a dry eye.

As soon as Keystoners wiped their final tears and had an opportunity to reflect upon the relevance of "The Toe-Tag Monologues" to their lives, they hurried off to super sessions, college tours and career experiences. No matter what route they chose, it was bound to be uplifting. For example, by the end of the Emory University tour, one Keystoner was overheard saying, "This is where I need to go to school." Other schools that Keystoners visited were Georgia Perimeter College, the Art Institute of Atlanta, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Gordon State College.
 
On-site sessions addressed topics like healthy lifestyles, success, forgiveness, social acceptance, mentoring, time management and bullying prevention. Teen Reporter Diego B. found the career exploration session really helpful. "It really helped me open up to other ideas about job searching. Even though you think you have your mind set on one job, other jobs can be really interesting and include the things you like to do," he said.
 
Later in the evening, all 1,800 Keystoners gathered for an inspirational speech from our National Youth of the Year Trei Dudley. Then three lucky teens were presented with their awards for winning the “Caption This!” contest, which was sponsored by BGCA’s Internet and Media Safety partner, Sprint. Afterward, Eve Torres took the stage and had us all whooping in amazement, as she spoke about gaining admission to her dream college, USC, and gaining the respect of her peers and climbing the totem pole in the world of WWE.

Closing out the evening’s general session was hometown artist B.o.B.! He exploded onto the stage with his hit songs “Beautiful Girls” and “Airplanes.” All of the teens jumped out of their seats to see this amazing performer and what a performance it was! The Centennial Ballroom was illuminated by cell phones lights and the atmosphere was unbelievable! Conference gets better every day -- we'll make sure to keep you updated on the latest events!

 

Keystone '13: Day Two
Keystone continues and today was full of hot beats, cool lyrics, teens winning all over the place!

By Teen Reporters Whitney S., Gene Matthews BGC and Paloma G., BGC of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Keystoners were on their feet and doing the wave before the morning session officially began on day two of conference. One guy woke everyone up by jumping onstage and rocking out to Michael Jackson, complete with moonwalking.
 
The session included a rousing performance from M4 winner Blake M., who performed the song he wrote for the Money Matters Music Mogul contest. He not only won a $1,000 scholarship, but he got to have his song produced by Grammy-nominated producer and founder of Bridge DA Gap, Khao Cates.
 
Then a group of teen performers -- including three Club members -- from Las Vegas performed the “Toe Tag Monologues.” This performance was intense and very impacting to every single teen in the ballroom. It featured stories of teens who have made poor decisions that cost them either their lives or the lives of their loved ones. Gang violence, rape, drug use, bullying and suicide were addressed. “This was the very first time, in three years that we have been using social media during the conference, that there was no teen tweeting,” said Dave Rozman, “that’s how you know that EVERYONE was engaged.” Not one person in that room had a dry eye.

As soon as Keystoners wiped their final tears and had an opportunity to reflect upon the relevance of "The Toe-Tag Monologues" to their lives, they hurried off to super sessions, college tours and career experiences. No matter what route they chose, it was bound to be uplifting. For example, by the end of the Emory University tour, one Keystoner was overheard saying, "This is where I need to go to school." Other schools that Keystoners visited were Georgia Perimeter College, the Art Institute of Atlanta, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Gordon State College.
 
On-site sessions addressed topics like healthy lifestyles, success, forgiveness, social acceptance, mentoring, time management and bullying prevention. Teen Reporter Diego B. found the career exploration session really helpful. "It really helped me open up to other ideas about job searching. Even though you think you have your mind set on one job, other jobs can be really interesting and include the things you like to do," he said.
 
Later in the evening, all 1,800 Keystoners gathered for an inspirational speech from our National Youth of the Year Trei Dudley. Then three lucky teens were presented with their awards for winning the “Caption This!” contest, which was sponsored by BGCA’s Internet and Media Safety partner, Sprint. Afterward, Eve Torres took the stage and had us all whooping in amazement, as she spoke about gaining admission to her dream college, USC, and gaining the respect of her peers and climbing the totem pole in the world of WWE.

Closing out the evening’s general session was hometown artist B.o.B.! He exploded onto the stage with his hit songs “Beautiful Girls” and “Airplanes.” All of the teens jumped out of their seats to see this amazing performer and what a performance it was! The Centennial Ballroom was illuminated by cell phones lights and the atmosphere was unbelievable! Conference gets better every day -- we'll make sure to keep you updated on the latest events!

 

Best Keystone Conference ever. I left inspired and now I am working to become the Junior Keystone Advisor for the Port of Los Angeles BGC. -Erin W.
I agree with the first commenter... This was the most inspiring event that I've ever been to and I feel like I've actually got a purpose now, so thanks BGCA!!! -TRM
 
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