City-parish leaders and others are hosting an event Saturday that promotes youth participation in activities that build confidence and boost social, emotional and academic skills.

“Unity Day: Youth and Family Zone” is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. at the ExxonMobil YMCA on Howell Boulevard, John G. Daniel, president and executive director of Unity Day, said in a news release.

The event is free and open to the public.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark, and Metro Councilwomen Ronnie Edwards and Donna Collins-Lewis are among the sponsors and hosts, Daniel said.

Family activities include karate and art showcases, as well as a health and wellness pavilion where experts will provide information and health assessments, Daniel said.

One of the main features of Unity Day will be a panel discussion, “School Safety and the Value of Pro-School Activities,” Daniel said.

Civic and city leaders, including Gautreaux, Clark, Edwards, state Sen. Sharon Weston Broome and Don Clark, executive director of the A.C. Lewis YMCA, will discuss school safety and how social activities deter crime, Daniel said.

For more information, contact Daniel at (402) 871-5945 or or go to