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Informative Workshops and Teen Zone Highlight Saturday’s Black Education Expo in Pasadena

Published on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 | 11:06 am

Amidst the celebration of Black History Month in Pasadena, the Family Life Center at Lake Avenue Church is the location of this year’s Black Education Expo on Saturday, Feb. 24, where children and youth up to 18 years old and their parents/caregivers can explore a range of culturally relevant educators, experts, and innovators showcasing cutting-edge resources.

A gathering place that centers communities of color brimming with 30+ vendors and education providers as they come together to empower a generation for greatness. All are welcome.

Starting at 9:00 a.m. visitors can explore the Expo Halls, and attend engaging workshops covering such topics as navigating college costs, budgeting basics for teens, dual enrollment, supporting diverse learning styles and more.

A Kids Zone is open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and offers interactive activities including face painting, storytelling, and arts & crafts, ensuring a fun-filled experience for children under parental supervision.

“The educational resources found at the Black Education Expo improve students’ cognitive skills, test scores, critical thinking, and problem-solving,” said Victoria Williams, founder of Black Education Expo. “The Black Education Expo is uniquely positioned in this space to serve as a connector between families, youth, educators, and educational providers.”

With a passion for community impact honed over two decades, Williams announced that Black Education Expo will continue as an event series throughout California.

Assemblymember Chris Holden and Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo are scheduled to deliver their welcome and greetings messages around noon.

The teen zone experience includes teen-centered workshops, a panel discussion between teens and Tyrone C. Howard, Ph.D. UCLA Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in Education to Strengthen Children & Families culminating with a Black History Knowledge Quiz presented by Pasadena City College.

Parent and caregiver workshops during the event will focus on advocating for educational needs and will cover interactive sessions on entrepreneurship, careers in tech and college preparation, Williams said.

“Families will leave having met an educational therapist their child can be referred to, teens will leave having learned about youth entrepreneurship and opportunities outside of college, access to mental health providers, and more,” she said.

The Black Education Expo has collaborated with 10+ community partners for the event including organizations like the Los Angeles Urban League, Pasadena NAACP, and Clergy Community Coalition.

Sponsors include Pasadena City College, California Black Women’s Health Project, and Pathways LA. It’s not too late to join the Black Education Expo as a sponsor in their support of educational equity and empowerment.

For more information and registration, visit or call (323) 475-6293.

Lake Avenue Church is located at 393 N. Lake Ave. in Pasadena.

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