The mission of the Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute is to cultivate a cadre of young people to act on social injustices in the education system, emphasizing economic empowerment, health and general welfare. The youth, who become part of this organization of mixed races, benefit from a series of workshops that impact educational policy through meetings with community leaders to discuss issues of the day.
“The Poarch Creek Indians have made significant inroads into all of the communities in Alabama. I think that they want to establish a relationship with the youth and to help make the state a better place by sharing its resources, and for the other people to also share with them ideas and participate. What they have done for my organization and the people in the Civil Rights Movements is enormous.”
— Doris Crenshaw, Founder, Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute