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Dream On: Teen Summit to provide mentorship, help youth set goals

A local organization hopes to inspire youth to dream and set goals through an upcoming event.

The Harrisburg-based DBA (Dream. Believe. Achieve.) Academy of Arts and Development is holding a free Teen Summit on June 11 to help youth find their passions.

“The need for this is very substantial,” said Elijah Ellis, founder of the organization. “We can encourage our students to become more, to become youth of the future.”

The summit, open to young people from ages 11 to 17, will feature three workshops covering the topics of recognizing your dream, visualizing it and taking steps to achieve it. A handful of Harrisburg-area guest speakers will present, including Harrisburg City Council member Ralph Rodriguez, Steelton Mayor Ciera Dent and Good Brotha’s Book Café owner Stefan Hawkins, among others.

“The ultimate hope is to grasp the attention of students to do more,” Ellis said.

Ellis started the DBA Academy in 2020 with the goal of providing educational programming to youth in his hometown, something that was important to him growing up. The organization provides workshops and mentoring for youth. In the future, Ellis plans to open a school, he said.

The experience doesn’t stop after the Teen Summit. Ellis plans to offer mentorship to the students who attend the event.

“If they come, I can promise they will get something out of this,” he said.

The DBA Academy Teen Summit will take place on June 11 at The Rock Church, 1501 Market St., Harrisburg. For more information or to register, visit their website or call 760-530-8310. 

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