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Youth Motivational Task Force (YMTF) Program

February 23-25, 2014

 Over the years, YMTF has become one of the most significant and exhilarating programs provided for University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students with the goal of encouraging them to take full advantage of the benefits available, give guidance on how to succeed in their careers, and look at life in the real world of work through the experiences of seasoned professionals.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, February 23

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Opening Banquet

Dr. Laurence B. Alexander
Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
YMTF Participants Only

Monday, February 24

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Classroom Visits

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Let's Rap Mixer
YMTF Participants Only

Tuesday, February 25


8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Classroom Visits

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
High School Visits

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
YMTF Assembly

Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. HPER Complex
H.O. Clemmons Arena

Public Invited

Speaker: Kirk Franklin
America's Leading Gospel Singer & Motivator

Kirk Franklin is a multi-platinum-selling artist whose fusion of gospel and contemporary music has inspired audiences across generations. As a mirror of Christian humanity, he boldly reflects what one faith-walking man can accomplish when he focuses on God and taps deep into the gifts he has been given.

Franklin is a pioneer in bridging gaps among various musical styles, uniting audiences across gospel, hip-hop, pop, and R&B. His irresistible rhythms and rhapsodies have resulted in albums that consistently top Billboard's gospel and Christian charts, as well as the Top 10 of the R&B/Hip Hop chart. He is also the New York Times best-selling author of The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms and is the host and executive producer of the gospel talent show Sunday Best, the highest-rated gospel program in BET network history. To date, Franklin has garnered nine Grammy Awards, 39 Stellar  Awards, 16 Dove Awards, eight NAACP Image Awards, two BET Awards, an American Music Award, and a Soul Train Award.

Despite all of these honors and acclaims, Franklin has never hid behind his celebrity status and has remained connected to his audiences through his music and frank discussions of life. He openly shares the fact that he was abandoned by his parents as a child and is one of the most relatable and respected speakers in the music industry.

Franklin is the biggest-selling contemporary gospel artist in the history of SoundScan. His latest album, Hello Fear, was RIAA-certified gold in February 2012 and he has seven additional RIAA-certified gold-, platinum-, and multi-platinum-selling releases to date.

An entrepreneur, Kirk Franklin is also chairman and CEO of Fo Yo Soul Entertainment, Inc.—a full-service entertainment enterprise based in Dallas, Texas, launched in 2004. The venture is a multi-tiered company that includes a record label; Franklin’s solo recordings; his services as a record producer; Fo Yo Soul Productions, which manages Franklin’s tours, speaking, and performance engagements; and The Franklin Imagine Group, Franklin’s nonprofit. In addition to his business enterprises, humanitarian work, and ministerial responsibilities, Franklin continues to tour, both nationally and internationally. He completed the Gospel Comedy Tour with Steve Harvey in 2011 and the Live Nation-sponsored King’s Men Tour in 2012.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Real Talk! Truth and Consequences Workshop
L.A. Davis Student Union
All UAPB Students Invited

Objective: To bring awareness to the consequences of the choices made, the character exhibited and the level of commitment in the workplace.


Kimel Hodges
Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Attorney Carla Martin
Dean, School of Business and Management
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 

Jimmy McAlpine
Area Outreach, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Manager

Lafayette Woods, Jr.
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Felecia Collins-Wylie
Regional Human Resources Director
Sam's Club

 For more information, call (870) 575-8461 | Earnestine McLaughlin, Coordinator