The Thirty-Ninth Annual Youth Motivation Task Force Program began Sunday and continues through Wednesday at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The Thirty-Ninth Annual Youth Motivation Task Force Program began Sunday and continues through Wednesday at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Special emphasis will be placed on helping students realize what their role is as they move forward with making decisions about their careers. Forty consultants will speak to students in classrooms, present panel discussions, conduct a “rap” and one-on-one sessions to help prepare students for success.

The YMTF Assembly will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. HPER Complex. The free, public event will feature Stephen A. Smith, ESPN sports journalist as the keynote speaker.

A graduate of Winston-Salem State University, Smith’s journalism career began as a high school sportswriter at the New York Daily News in the summer of 1993. Fourteen months later, he began covering college basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer. After four years as a beat writer on the Philadelphia 76ers, he became an NBA columnist in 2001. By March 2003, Smith was promoted to general sports columnist.

For more information about YMTF, contact Earnestine McLaughlin or Shirley Cherry at 575-8461.

Other YMTF events include:

“Rap” Session; Monday, 6– 7:30 p.m., L. A. Davis Student Center

High School Visitations, Tuesday, with YMTF consultants visiting First Ward, Jack Robey, Dollarway and Pine Bluff High Schools.

Case Study Presentation, Tuesday, 11 a.m., Hathaway Fine Arts Auditorium, where students will present their championship case study recruiting plan developed for United Parcel Service.