Watch the Yard Announces Yard Con, a $2 Day-Long Digital Conference for Black College Students Who Have Been Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19
(April 15th, 2020) – In response to black students across the United States being disproportionately affected by shutdowns due to COVID-19, Watch The Yard, one of the biggest online platforms targeting black college students and alumni, announced today that it is launching its YARD CON digital conference.
According to Watch The Yard, the YARD CON digital conference is aimed at providing practical support to black students who have been affected by school shutdowns due to the COVID-19.
“Hundreds of thousands of black students have been sent home from school, had their graduations canceled, and are unsure about the future of their internships or jobs after graduation because of the economy. YARD CON will bring them together in an interactive digital conferencing platform, allowing them to engage with our long list of influential, informative and inspirational speakers,” Jonathan Rabb, the founder of Watch The Yard stated.
The conference will feature segments on students who have created innovative side hustles to bring in money during the quarantine. It will also feature a resume workshop led by recruiters, a LinkedIn ‘Rock Your Profile’ Workshop led by Renee Reid, Lead of LinkedIn’s Black Inclusion Group, a segment on how to be an on-campus artist led by rapper Dee-1, as well as a talk on being an on-campus promoter led by Steve Canal, the founder of ONE Musicfest. YARD CON will also feature a special live performance of Swag Surfin by the creators of the song and dance, the Fast Life Yungstaz.
A built-in networking feature will allow students to network with other conference attendees in one-on-one video chats during multiple speed networking segments in during the conference. The conference will also feature a panel led by Roland Martin, interviewing SGA presidents from both PWIs and HBCUs about how their student bodies are finding ways to navigate COVID-19. The conference will also feature Black fraternity and sorority leaders and Black Student Union board members.
“Because of the financial situation that most students are going through that has disproportionately affected black students, we have decided to make the conference as close to free as we can. We will only be charging 2 dollars to attend and that money will be used to cover the hosting/streaming fees to hold the conference online. This will be the best dollar most students have spent in a very long time,” Rabb stated.
“Students will walk away with practical information and peer connections to last a lifetime,” stated Sianni Cabello, a conference collaborator who runs the non-profit SocialSocietyU.
The conference will take place on Sunday April, 19th at 2pm EST.
To register visit: YARDCON.com
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