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Hope Renewed Youth Conference 2015 “Realizing Every Dream” June 12 -14th

Hope Renewed Youth Conference, Inc. (HRYC) is excited to present our 11th annual youth conference, on June 12-14, 2015. HRYC began in 2005 out of anxiety and in response to the violence that was escalating among our young people. It now has become a labor of love for the board members and dozens of volunteers that participate in this annual event.

This year‘s conference theme is “RED”, an acronym for “Realizing Every Dream”. The theme was submitted by Lavelle Grant. Lavelle is a senior at Peoria High School and has been attending HRYC since the age of eleven. We are excited to see that our goal of encouraging, empowering, and equipping our young people is working. Lavelle has received several college acceptance letter and we are looking forward to him doing great things.

HRYC partners are Illinois Central College, ELITE Youth Outreach, River Plex and Bob Kaiser Accounting. Sponsors are CEFCU, Ameren-Illinois, Illinois American Water, Geier Florist, CAAR, South Side Bank, FFC Missions, Universalist Unitarian Church, Mt. Zion Baptist, Abundant Hope Ministries, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Bergner, and Kohl’s Cares. State Farm agents Bob Humbles are sponsors of the (2) Hope Scholarships. 

Pre-Registration for this year’s conference is April 15- May 15th the cost is $10. After May 15th registration fee will increase to $15. The Three day event will kick-off at 1PM, June 12, 2015 at the River Plex. Kids will be able to register even up to the day of the event. The conference will consist of a variety of workshops, a town hall forum, luncheon, and the closing concert.

Friday Night’s speaker is Brandon Williams. Brandon first became involved with HRYC back in 2006 when he hosted the conferences first “Ice Breaker Workshop”. Brandon has a gift for getting the kids energized and involved. Over the years he has served as a concert MC, a panelist for the Town Hall Forum, performing Spoken Word at the luncheon and performed in a play that he wrote and directed while a student at SIU, at ICC Performing Arts Center.

After his family moved from Maywood, Illinois to Peoria, Brandon “Real T@lk” Williams attended Franklin (Edison) Primary School, followed by Loucks Middle School, Peoria Central High School, and then went on to receive his Bachelor’s in Journalism from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. In the December 2009 issue he was named “Unsigned Hype” by The Source Magazine. He’s also performed at over 50 college campuses across the nation including Howard University, Hampton University, Morehouse College, and Fisk University (to name a few). In February 2012, he was invited to perform for Andre3000 at his Atlanta home. Andre called Real a “lyrical scientist.” He’s most recently come off of Big Boi’s “Shoes for Running World Tour” this past fall. He’s currently working on his 6th audio project featuring Organized Noize Productions, DJ Toomp, DJ Cutmaster Swiff and a few other Atlanta natives. He’s just relocated from Chicago, Illinois and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He is truly a mother-loving genius, cunning linguist. His lyrics will make your brain smile. 

boothThis year’s Luncheon speaker is a native of Peoria, Derrick Booth. Coach Booth as he is known at Manual High School and throughout the community also is no stranger to HRYC. He has been a past panelist for the Town Hall Forum. Coach Booth is a 1991 graduate of Manual High School. His 91’ Rams finished as the States Runner Up in the IHSA State Tournament. Coach Booth received his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University and graduated with his Master of Arts degree in human development and school counseling from Bradley University, ranking #1 in his graduating class with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

As a guidance counselor and the head boy’s basketball coach at Manual High School, Coach Booth has regular opportunities to change the lives of youth both on and off the court. His has become an advocate for students including those who are underprivileged, unmotivated and underestimated. As he leads the historic Manual basketball team to victory, he is also helping students chart the next chapters of their lives on a daily basis.

During his nine years as head coach, he has led the Rams to conference championships in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014. Coach Booth has also led his team to State Runner Up finishes in 2008 and 2010. He was named the IBCA Coach of the Year in District 12 in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2015. Also in 2010, he was honored with the ELITE Public Servant Award for his continuous efforts to put education before sports. In November of 2012, Coach Booth was named one of the 40 Leaders under Forty by IBI magazine.

Outside of school, Coach and his brother David founded the Booth Basketball Academy. This academy provides a free opportunity for hundreds of young boys and girls to build up their intangible soft skills as well as their athletic skills during the summer. The motto of their academy is “improving your game on and off the court”.


The conference will conclude on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at ICC Performing Arts Center with the Hope Concert. This year’s featured concert artist is Casme’. Casme’ (pronounced Kaz-May) a/k/a The “Love Ambassador” has traveled the world as an Entertainer, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur.

Growing up as the oldest of eight children, Casme` is a natural born leader—with her music, and behind the music. In 2009 after winning 1st Runner Up in the Miss Black Tennessee Pageant, Casme` launched her mentoring program, 4U Mentoring, and her I’m Not Every Girl Song/Campaign geared toward young girls, promoting individuality, self-love, and high self-esteem. Through 4U, Casme` connects with youth in an effort to encourage and inform them about major issues that plague our society. To date, approximately 2,000 youth have been personally touched by her efforts. 

Casme’, a native of New Orleans, LA, currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Her undeniable talent, refreshing energy and sweet spirit have landed her 5 nominations as ATL’s Hottest Female Artist/Band and Future Star two years in a row as well as many major opportunities to perform locally and worldwide.

Last year while touring internationally with Atlantic Records recording artist B.O.B. she performing on 106 & Park, Wendy Williams, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, The View and more, all while conducting her own high school tour, Forbidden, where she’s challenging today’s youth to dream, practice abstinence (refraining from sex until marriage, drugs/alcohol abuse, and other destructive behavior), and to love themselves enough to make healthy life decisions.

This multi-talented singer, songwriter, dancer, graphic/fashion/interior designer, humanitarian and motivational speaker is also acting on the big screen. She’s been featured in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, TBS’s House Of Payne, Madea’s Big Happy Family and The Braxton Family Values. She has also starred in major stage plays Marrying Up, The Lost Son, featuring Terrell Carter and Tall Dark & Handsome, featuring R&B crooner, Tony Terry, and BET comedians Sheryl Underwood and Bill Hill. 

When Casme` performs, she pours her heart out on the stage and welcomes the audience to join her on her journey of love. Her vocals are strong and pure and her lyrics display artistic genius. Currently she is working with Grammy Award Nominated AND Winning producers on her International Debut Album, DAUGHTER OF THE KING.

Also performing at Hope Concert is the boy band group, Jamiah on Fire and the Red Machine, They are one of the Midwest hottest young bands and are local favorites in the Chicago area. The band consists of three cousins, twenty year old Jamiah is the bands lead vocalist and guitar player; sixteen year old Jalon is on drums and fourteen year old Kenyonte provides background vocals and plays bass guitar.

The band has been together for seven years and enjoys playing everything from Blues to R&B. The group won the Windy City Blues Challenge Youth Division in 2010. In 2012 the band recorded their debut CD titled “Takin the stage”. The CD has ten original songs written and produced by Jamiah. It received the international review.

The trio plays venues all over the Unites States and Canada. They have been featured in Guitar Center National Sales Booklet and Living Blues Magazine. The group has plans to release their Sophomore CD this year,

At the concert two young people will be awarded the State Farm Hope Scholarship sponsored by State Farm Agents Bob Humbles and Donna Watson. Rules and requirements for the scholarships are on the registration form.

For more information or to register please go to our website at or contact Sherry Cannon on 309.648.3445.