Fraternity hosts youth leadership summit in wake of Ferguson

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Black males filled the Omega Center in St. Louis Wednesday.

It was all the result of a youth leadership summit hosted by the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

More than 300 middle and high school students from across St. Louis and St. Louis County were present.

The events in Ferguson pushed the fraternity to organize the summit. The goal is to teach the young males crucial lessons and remind them that they are not alone.

“How to interact with law enforcement and we are attempting this year to send a clear message that they have a support system,” Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. John Bowman said.

The support system includes fraternity members who serve in several professions like law, education and healthcare.

“I think it will be helpful like really helpful because we are learning something today,” Sumner High School Student Gregory Carter said.