The mission of Young, Gifted and Black, (YGB), is to engage African-American young people in the teaching and learning of their rich history and culture. This is accomplished through the active involvement of these young people in the study and memorization of poetry, essays, rhythms, and music by African-American writers, poets, and musicians. Presentations of what they have learned are presented to the community. By learning and teaching this vital information, they become strong in voice and spirit as they internalize and strengthen the foundation on which they stand. The hope is that in knowing from whence they came, they have much greater clarity in using their innate power to plan where they want to go.