Engaged, Encouraged & Empowered – A Track for Youth Leaders (16-24)

Track Presenters: Hasan Davis & Dreama Gentry

A leader lives within each of us. This workshop track is designed for young persons, age 16-24, interested in recognizing, exploring, and developing their personal leadership capacity. Using a person, role, and system framework, participants will assess their individual leadership style, inventory their strengths and areas for development, and create a plan for exercising leadership within their community.

Through exploration of story, participants will develop their skills of personal representation. Youth leaders will learn and own their story and envision the leader they strive to become. A results-based action plan will be developed to guide each participant’s leadership journey. Participants should arrive prepared to engage, actively share, learn, and have fun.


What Can I Expect to Learn?

  • Increased understanding of personal leadership styles
  • Development of a results-based leadership plan
  • Demonstration and practice of effective communication skills


Track Limit: 40

As Executive Director of Partners for Education at Berea College, Dreama Gentry provides leadership to federally and privately funded outreach programs that improve educational outcomes of rural Appalachian youth and their families. Gentry collaborates with communities to design programs that meet the needs of rural youth, parents, and schools. A first-generation college graduate from rural Appalachia, Gentry holds a B.A. in Political Science from Berea College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky. She resides in Berea with her husband, Hasan Davis, and their two sons, Malcolm and Christopher.

There was a time when the first words that might come to mind when discussing Hasan Davis would have been delinquent or troublemaker. In his youth, running the streets of Atlanta, Georgia, Hasan barely stayed one step ahead of the law. After an early arrest as a pre-teen, expulsion from alternative school, and a life-long struggle with learning and behavior challenges, ADHD and Dyslexia, Hasan earned his GED and decided to leave the life he knew well for one he could hardly imagine. Hasan moved to Kentucky to attend Berea College. Although Hasan was expelled from Berea College twice, he returned a third time, determined to prove that failure would not be his lasting legacy.

With the right attitude and support, Hasan earned his BA degree from Berea College and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Hasan has been recognized for his professional and personal efforts serving the needs of our young people in education, juvenile justice, and the arts. In addition to being an Annie E. Casey Children and Family Fellow, Hasan is a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow, and an inductee into the Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship program. In 2012 Hasan became Kentucky’s fifth Commissioner of Juvenile Justice. During his two-year tenure as Commissioner and his four years as deputy Commissioner, he was instrumental in getting landmark legislation passed to begin a substantial rewrite of Kentucky’s juvenile justice and other child-serving systems. Currently Hasan provides technical assistance and support to youth serving organizations across the country.