The BYLDI this year ran from July 27 through July 31, 2018. The institute covered five intense days filled with workshops, seminars, and creative activities.  In addition to the knowledge gained, the youth connected to their innate ability to communicate, perform research, analyze issues, develop action plans, and lead others in projects and activities to apply solutions to personal and community problems and concerns.
As leaders of the future, our youth have the power to make a difference in the world. The BYLDI prepares our youth for this new phase of life, equipped with the skills to become tomorrow’s leaders.  The flyer below lists some of the topics/subjects presented.

Some of the workshop/seminar topics covered:

  • Self-Discovery
  • Good Qualities/Bad Qualities of a Leader
  • Climate Justice
  • Citizens Science for Young People: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping
  • Anti-Violence / Anti-Gun / Active Shooter Training
  • Taking Control of the Message: Media / Social Media
  • Civics 101
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Conduct an Environmental Assessment
  • STD’s & Mental Health
  • Developing an Action Plan

The institute is held at Epworth-By-The-Sea on St. Simon’s Island in Georgia, a peaceful and beautiful campus, founded for retreat, study, and worship.  It affords all a break from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The facilities sit in the midst of tree-covered roads and lanes and on the bank of the Frederica River, providing a magnificent atmosphere for the relief of stress and a return to the glory of Nature!  All attendees have the freedom to explore and enjoy these surroundings when not participating in the various activities of the institute.  The campus includes a swimming pool, basketball court, tennis courts, a small wharf, bikes for rent, and many locations for peaceful meditation.

Prepare now for the 30th Annual BYLDI in 2019!  Contact the Harambee House / Citizens for Environmental Justice by phone at 912.233.0907, or by email,

The Black Youth Leadership Development Institute!