Faith Killian-Fassnacht, Azaria Dunston & Sojourner Rudd Attends IBE Youth Leadership Summit

GLIBE will be well represented by three students at the Indian Black Expo Youth Leadership Summit Friday (July 17) to Sunday (July 19) at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis.

Students representing GLIBE are Faith Killian-Fassnacht, a rising senior at McCutcheon High School; Azaria Dunston, a rising freshman at the DHS Academy (home school); and Sojourner Rudd, a rising freshman who attended Tecumseh Junior High School last year. Natasha Watkins, of Purdue University, will be chaperoning again for GLIBE.

Youth Leadership Summit is for middle and high school student leaders who want to see and affect change in their community. YLS is a youth conference geared towards giving youth a platform to hear and learn from professionals regarding academics, decision making and advocacy.

Students will engage in plenary sessions and interactive workshops with knowledge that is transferable across home, school and community. In addition to networking with youth across the state youth also become the teacher. Youth led service learning opportunities allow youth to let their voices heard through PSA’s on “Our Life Matters” and “Real Talk.”

Saturday activities close out the day with the Slam Dunk Contest, Amp Harris and Reggie Wayne Celebrity Basketball Games and an YLS White Party (invite only). IBE is committed to be a catalyst in promoting positive, relevant content to our youth for academic and social

The youth conference is sponsored by Purdue University, Novo Nordisk, UPS, and Indiana Family & Social Services Administration.

GLIBE looking for donations for Back To School Rally


The GLIBE will be holding its annual Back to School Rally from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette, 3101 Creasy Lane. Youth chair Pamela Stokes has set a new goal of serving 500 children this year. Donation boxes are being established in various locations, including churches, for supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils and folders. Donors also can sponsor book bags for $25 per bag. Monetary donations can be sent to P.O. Box 2761, West Lafayette, IN 47996 and the check should be made out to GLIBE. The deadline for donations is July 10. For additional information, go to our website:

GLIBE 2015 Back to School Rally set for Saturday, July 25


The Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo will hold its 2015 Back to School Rally on the grounds of Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette, 3101 Creasy Lane, on Saturday, July 25.

The Back To School Rally, where GLIBE gives out hundreds of free book bags and school supplies annually, is one of the organization’s biggest events of the year. In 2014, GLIBE set a record giving away nearly 400 book bags to local students. The organization is preparing to do even more this season.

Pamela Walker-Stokes is the new chair of the event and is current working with Ivy Tech officials on the details. This space will be updated as soon as sponsors and other details are available. In the meantime, email for additional information.