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The Generation to Generation Conference, also known as G2G, will return Aug. 27-29 at Scott United Methodist Church, 2153 Dr.

Andrew J. Brown Ave.
This year’s theme, “Rebuilding the Village II” emphasizes collective, self-help strategies for solving problems in the Black community.

Conference events will be inside the church as well as outdoors. Masks are required for indoor activities. Health screenings will be available. Vendors will also be on site.

Programming for youth and teens will focus on life lessons and skill building. TikTok teen celebrity Drip Two Times will make an appearance as well as the Black Cowboys and eight-time Golden Gloves champion Malcolm Jones.

Aug. 27
2 p.m. — “Council of Elders: State of the Black Church and Its Role Today,” leaders of the largest Black ministerial organizations come together to discuss the role the Black church must take in Indianapolis.
2 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Blood drive, Word Chapel
4 p.m. — Black Leadership Roundtable. Leaders of various African American institutions discuss the issues and seek to reach agreement on solutions.
6 p.m. — Opening address by Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Indiana United Methodist Church.
6 p.m. — Art exhibit opens, showcasing local artists, fellowship hall
6:30 p.m. — Talent showcase

Aug. 28
9 a.m. — “State of Health of the Indianapolis Black Community,” Dr. Virginia Caine, director of Marion County Public Health Department.
10 a.m. — “Empowering Strong Black Women to Rediscover Self-Love,” symposium by the Association of Black Social Workers, fellowship hall

10 a.m. — “About Your Money,” strategies for financial well-being 10 a.m. — Basic sewing, teaching basic sewing skills, nursery
10 a.m.  — Understanding tech, teaching basic tech skills, Zoom room
11 a.m. — PraiseStage, performance about life issues, sanctuary
11 a.m. — Basic gardening, teaching basic gardening skills, tent
1-5 p.m. — Project WINGS presents: “Let’s Talk About It,” four sessions focused on mental and emotional challenges within the African American community, Zoom room. The 45-minute sessions will focus on domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental and spiritual health for LGBTQ individuals and other issues.
1 p.m. — Black Political Leaders’ Report to the Village, several elected officials provide an update on what they are doing to address community challenges, sanctuary.
2 p.m. — Healthy eating, basic instruction in healthy eating, fellowship hall
2:30 p.m. — Wonderfully Made Designs fashion show, tent
3 p.m. — “Stop Killing in the Name of Love – A Forum About Gun Violence,” IMPD Chief Randal Taylor and others will dissect this issue and offer solutions.
5 p.m. — “Building Bridges,” discussion to close divides between the American Black community and continental African communities now residing in Indianapolis.
6:30 p.m. — Village Chat, an array of talent performs until dusk

Sunday, Aug. 29
11 a.m. — Church service and gospel concert, Rev. Clyde Posley, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, speaker
2 p.m. — Volunteer recognition dinner, fellowship hall

Youth activities for ages 5-18
Aug. 28
10-11 a.m. — Crafts, Brightwood Community Center
11 a.m. – Workshop on mental health and bullying, Brightwood Community Center
Noon-1 p.m. — Workshop on overcoming adversities, Brightwood Community Center
Noon-1 p.m. — My Journey: Indiana Golden Gloves Champion Malcolm Jones, main tent
1-2 p.m. — Crafts
1-2 p.m. — Virtual Reality Scholars
1:30-2:30 p.m. — Black Cowboys, east side of main tent
2-3 p.m. — Drone Scholars, annex/small tent
4-6 p.m. — Crafts, annex

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