Island Voice was founded in 2006 by Bobby Digi, three founding board members, and a volunteer, as a grassroots community and youth development organization focused on supporting and giving voice to the African immigrant, African American, and Caribbean American and immigrant communities of Staten Island. For 9 years, Island Voice has organized and led special events and programs such as founding the first African Heritage Day parade on Staten Island, the annual youth empowerment summit at Wagner College, youth chess tournaments, starting the first African market place in Park Hill, Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, and holiday toy drive. Island Voice’s main focus is Youth Empowerment, Cultural Awareness, and Economic Empowerment. Its programming, events, and initiatives are all aligned with these three pillars of the organization. Education and advocacy are woven into all three of Island Voice’s pillars. Whether it is empowering youth through education or advocating for cultural awareness. To date, these programs have been made possible by contributions from local businesses and partnership with mission aligned nonprofits.