Montgomery, AL- The Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute (SYLDI) presented “Community Connection Breakfast” on August 15, 2017 at their headquarters downtown on South Union Street. The breakfast was hosted by Mrs. Doris Crenshaw and Rev. Courtney Meadows.

The theme was “Uniting Faith, Civic, and Social Organizations for community awareness of the Montgomery Public School Turnaround”.

A panel discussion was led by State Superintendent Michael Sentence, Alabama State Board of Education Past Vice-Chair Ella Bell, Deputy State Superintendent Dr. Barbara Cooper, Montgomery Public Schools Chief Education Officer Reginald Eggleston, and State Department of Education Director of Communications Michael Sibley. Other State and Montgomery Public School officials were also present.

Rev. Meadows expressed how SYLDI wanted to gather community, faith, and business leaders to figure out how to help with the Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) Turnaround.  “We have to work together to make progress and make a better Montgomery for children and generations to come.”

Mrs. Doris Crenshaw shared some final remarks. “We can either choose chaos or community. Where do we go from here? It’s about building our community with information”. Mrs. Crenshaw is an activist and Founder of SYLDI.

The next goal is to take this discussion to all the schools and make the community more knowledgeable about the Turnaround. A meeting is scheduled to be held at Carver High School at 4PM.

SYLDI was established in Montgomery, Alabama in 2004 to train youth 12-18 years of age to combat the inequalities of education SYLDI inspires, cultivates, and trains youth with leadership potential to bring about a more disciplined approach to problem identification and resolution of issues that impact our education policies.  

For more information about SYLDI and getting involved with the MPS Turnaround call 334-356-7067 or visit

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