Thursday, May 28

SU Ag Center to Co-Host O.M.G Youth Conference 2015

Program held in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day       

Baton Rouge, LA- The Southern University Ag Center in partnership with the Outstanding Mature Girlz (O.M.G.) Organization will host the 2015 Outstanding Mature Girlz Youth Conference for young ladies ages 10 and up.

The conference, which is being held in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Southern University in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Student Union. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

The O.M.G Youth Conference will feature fun, yet informative breakout sessions, fascinating guest speakers, live entertainment, and tons of surprises! Free HIV testing will also be available on site.

International HIV/AIDS Activist Hydeia Broadbent will be the featured keynote speaker.

Broadbent, who was born with HIV, was abandoned at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas at birth.  By age five, Broadbent had already begun having symptoms of AIDS. At six-years-old, Broadbent began her debut as an HIV/AIDS activist and public speaker. By the time she was 12, she had appeared on national television programs including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, Good Morning America, and Nickelodeon’s, “A Conversation with Magic Johnson.”

She has been featured in prominent publications such as: The New York Times, People, Teen People, Essence, Ebony and Sister 2 Sister Magazine. Broadbent has also taken part in many of America’s talk radio programs including: The Michael Eric Dyson Show, Russ Parr Morning Show, and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. Broadbent also has served as a speaker and guest panelist at many of America’s most respected educational institutions including Duke University, Spelman, UCLA, USC, and Howard University.

Broadbent was named one of the Most Influential 150 African Americans in 2008 and 2011 by Ebony Magazine and has received both the American Red Cross Spirit Award and an Essence Award.

Now at age 30, she spends her time promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. “...with all that we know about the virus, it is clear to me that contracting HIV/AIDS today is a choice and we can’t allow anyone the power to make that choice for us!,” said Broadbent.

All girls aged 10 and up can register for this free event online at Lunch will be provided.

Individuals interested in making a donation to support this amazing cause and help to continue to create this POWERFUL public awareness platform can do so by visiting, and clicking on “donate” at the bottom of the page.
Other community partners include the Southern University Division of Student Affairs, L.A.C.E Institute, AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, Dr. Tom Rathmann, Clay Young Enterprises, Atty. Marty Maley, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and the Baton Rouge community.

The O.M.G Conference is expected to have over 300 girls from across southeast Louisiana in
attendance. Schools, youth groups, and parents are encouraged to have their young ladies registered prior to the event.

For more information, contact Sashika Baunchand via e-mail at or Nicolette Gordon via e-mail at or simply log onto


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