In Chicago, there is always a light shining on the terrible, violent happenings, and rarely a light shined on the exemplary things. But when they are, it’s a spectacular example of how Chicago should actually be depicted.
Over the weekend, The Blueprint Men’s Summit, the #1 Empowerment Conference for Black Men in the Country, according to the event’s site, was held at the Swissotel Chicago. The conference focused on developing character maturation, finding resources to enhance one’s life, and creating solutions to improve families and communities.
The event usually has great speakers, and this year was no different. The likes of Louis Carr (President of Media Sales at Black Entertainment Television/Founder of The Blueprint Men’s Summit), Fat Joe (Grammy-nominated artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist), Ian Brock (teen entrepreneur) G Herbo (rapper, mental health advocate and community leader), and others, spoke to teens and men about various topics to help influence them in the right direction.
The day started at 9 am and lasted till 6 pm. The day, littered with activities for everyone, kept all attendees busy and ensured there would be lots of fun. Some played video games or mini golf while others enjoyed free haircuts and photos to make the memories last. There was also a podcast booth for teens and adults to learn how to use.
The energy–whether you were listening to G Herbo or Chicago influencer Korporate in the teens’ summit, or Fat Joe in the men’s summit–always stayed positive and motivational. Nearly everyone was engaged in some way, and it provided lots with ample advice about life, family, and careers.
Covering the 2022 Blueprint Men’s/Teen’s Summit was an honor because it seemed so hidden while it was held on the lower levels of the Swissotel, but the influence was exploding through all the walls, floors, and doors of the building. Find out more about this event by visiting The Blueprint Men’s Summit website.
By Jeremiah Griffith, Senior, Noble Academy
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