Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of Trayvon Martin, expressed the importance of youth empowerment at Kingonomics on Friday. Their son was shot and killed by George Zimmerman February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Fl.
Tracy Martin said Trayvon always wanted to earn his money. He recalls a time he purchased supplies for his son to wash cars. "I encourage parents to encourage their children to want better things than them," Tracy said. "I want my children to have a better way or means than myself."
Kingonomics pulled together "existing and aspiring innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and investors, inspired by the economic philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the entrepreneurial and collaborative enthusiasm of Dr. Rodney Sampson."
The curriculum was divided into four main tracks: StartUp, InvestUp, ExposeUp, and SproutUp. SproutUp Bootcamp introduced youth to the basic principles of entrepreneurship. Youth also learned about opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), business etiquette, and ways they can create a start-up.
During the conference closing remarks, Sybrina Fulton--mother of Trayvon Martin--discussed what she misses the most about her son. "I looked forward to knowing what he looked like as an adult," she said. "I hoped to visit his wife and kids. Watch [Trayvon] grow from a baby to a productive adult."
Trayvon Martin's parents also urged conference attendees to support the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Through the foundation, they hope to repeal Stand Your Ground laws, provide youth mentoring, and to educate the youth and their communities. They plan to educate "all youth, all God's children."
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