Youth Advocate Resource Network, Inc. (YARN) is hosting the 29th Annual Youth Leadership-Career Conference, Saturday, May 3, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, with registration beginning at 8:30. The location for this year’s event will be at the Palarm Chapel Baptist Church, A. L. Perkins Family Life Center, 795 Highway 365, and South of Mayflower.

The Conference Theme: Models that Matter, will set the tone for young people to meet and interact with individuals representing professional careers from the corporate and small business communities, churches, other organizations, and government agencies (federal, state and local). Several personalities have been invited, some returning conference participants.

YARN, Inc. is a grass-roots community non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization; in Palarm-Mayflower, rural community in South Faulkner County. The organization was established in March 1985; for the primary purpose of exposing students and other young people (12-21 years of age), to leadership and career opportunities; and to promote and provide positive support to families with children.

YARN has a seven member Board of Directors and volunteers actively involved in planning and promoting quality activities for young people. The most popular activity sponsored by the organization is the Annual Travel’N Learn Educational Tours. Each year places of interest are selected to tour: museums, colleges and universities, corporations, manufacturing companies and other local and national historical sites in Arkansas, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., Birmingham, Ala., Louisville, Ky., Louisiana, Oklahoma, Florida, etc.

YARN has served as a sponsoring entity for not-for-profit community projects under its non-profit umbrella; housing renovation and restoration for seniors, emergency food distribution, and a summer food program.

A Bridal Fair, the first of its kind in Faulkner County, was a major fundraising event for more than 20 years and still benefits from its income. Mrs. Elaine Goode made a major contribution towards the purchase of a mobile trailer, which serves as the organization’s primary meeting place. The Palarm Chapel Baptist Church has been the primary conference site. Greater Pleasant Branch Baptist Church Activity, The Menifee Multi-purpose Center provided accommodations for larger group meetings in the earlier years. Shorter College and Hearne’s Pyramid Gallery co-sponsored the Dr. Ben Carson Tour with YARN, Inc.

Mrs. Gill, the founder of Youth Advocate Resource Network, Inc., said that, she has witnessed many children and their families become actively involved in the organization’s 29 years. She further stated, "It is hard work, but I have not regretted a moment of the labor that goes into introducing new ideas that have been helpful in providing services to children and their families. ‘While helping others, I am helped, as well.’ I continue to seek opportunities where God calls me to serve."

The conference is free and open to the general public. Parents are invited to come and bring their children. The half day spent with the Model presenters, will serve as decision making tools to benefit young people and adults for years to come.

Morning snacks and lunch will be served.

For additional information about the conference, and to reserve guaranteed seating for attendance, contact Mrs. Berthenia Gill at 501-590-7619 or email: