Island Voice News


New York , NY-​Island Voice will hosts “The 9th Annual ‘Know Your History’ Youth Empowerment Summit!” on S​aturday, February 28, 2014.​The Summit will take place at Spiro Hall in the Grymes Hill campus of Wagner College, 630 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, New York 11am – 4pm. The youth empowerment summit is FREE and open to elementary to college students. Registration & Networking session will begin at 11:00 followed by the summit and awards.

Themed “​NYPD and Community Engagement”, t​he summit will focus discussions on ways to improve NYPD and community engagement. The youth summit will be hosted by Tracy G., a New York City radio personality on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Sway In The Morning and journalist for Essence Magazine. The summit will feature a morning registration and networking session hosted by Generation Citizen – Wagner College, keynote speakers, workshops, presentations, and performances from Staten Island’s The Dream Band, Christine Dixon’s Harriet Tubman, NYC Arts Cypher, Madison Gatullo and youth DJ H2O. Presentations by Staten Island Boy Scouts, The Staten Island Museum will present a ‘Know Your History’ interactive discussion about Staten Island’s cultural and local communities. The 2014 NYC Police Academy Staten Island graduates will do a demonstration about interacting and communicating with the police department. Children’s Literacy Society, Illuminart and Police Athletic League will do an interactive arts and entertainment based session with elementary and middle school students.

A panel discussion moderated by Bobby Digi, will be an open dialogue with the aim of determining solutions gained from a broad perspectives of law enforcement and the community members. Panelists will include Erika Ann Beckles Vice President, New York Urban League Young Professionals; Naflan Doole, Eye Openers; Jeremy Akempyoung, Staten Island youth advocate; retired NYPD Police Officer Colin; Retired NYPD police officer Michael Reilly; Central Life Baptist Church Pastor Carolina; and Josephine Marino, Healthcare Plus Amerigroup.

“Fresh off the success of our collective impact program Make Your Move, an event that brought NYPD officers and Staten Island youth together to play chess and checkers. We are encouraged by the positive impact and outcome from facilitating a dialogue between law enforcement and the community. The youth empowerment summit will provide the community and NYPD with a forum to renew their perspectives, and gain a better understanding of the solutions that can help the Staten Island community heal and grow together.” – Bobby Digi, Island Voice Inc. Founder

The 3rd annual Island Voice Golden Image award ceremony will precede the panel discussion. Honorees for 2015 include: Charlie Balducci, President / Founder NYC Arts Cypher (Island Voice Cultural Enrichment Award); Chris Allen, P.S 57 Arts Education Liaison & Instructional Tech Specialist & Mentor (The Capt. John Jackson Pioneer Award); Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre, NYPD Staten Island Borough Commander (The Habiba Halilu Cultural Excellence Award), and Jasmine Ray, President / CEO Wallball World – Handball Community (The Shirley Chisholm Award).

Island Voice, Inc.​is a nonprofit organization based in Staten Island. Its mission is to act as a resource organization actively engaged in community development through offering solutions that promote economic development and empowerment opportunities; strategies to engage youth; and to cultivate a positive environment of unity amongst the African, African American, Caribbean, and immigrant communities in Staten Island. Island Voice, Inc. develops a series of special events to encourage and support financial literacy, community development, job training and education – especially to benefit Staten Island youths.

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