February 12, 2013
Island Voice Presents: The 7th Annual Youth Empowerment Summit at Wagner College: “Know Your History”!
Staten Island, NY – [February 23, 2013] Island Voice Presents: The 7th Annual Youth Empowerment Summit! On Saturday, February 23, 2013 between 12- 4:00 PM, at the Grymes Hill campus of Wagner College, 630 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, New York, in Spiro Hall Room 1 & 2. The summit will feature speakers, panelists & workshops from Arik Airlines, SheisSoMajor.com , NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, The Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, The Eye Openers, Universal Temple of The Arts, CUNY Student services, Sara Ary – Middle Eastern Student Activist, The Curtis High School Dream Club, Suit Up Services, Wagner College Nubian Club, The Wagner College Football Team, The NYPD, Andre Harrison, author of ‘A Fatherless Father To His Sons’, The Asian American Student Advocacy Project, Global Kids, The Caribbean Immigrant Association and many more…
“Appreciating the fruits of today is to know your roots. Today’s youth must appreciate their history and the Island Voice Inc. Youth Empowerment Summit is a great demonstration that the youth are active and clear as to what the future is all about- our community is indeed in safe hands.” – Irwin G. Clare, Sr., OD Caribbean Immigrant Association.
One of our feature workshops will be from The Future Project, a creative social enterprise that unlocks the possibility in youths. At the summit they will host a “Make History” workshop where the youth attendees will explore their talents and develop projects that will be monitored and developed by their assigned dream directors throughout the year – the projects are then funded by Future project.
Our Black History Month segment will feature world-renowned poet, George Edward Tait, as well as a riveting Harriet Tubman performance and African- American National Anthem by Christine Dixon.
This year, Island Voice Inc. will be introducing the Island Voice Golden Image Awards. They will be awarded to three outstanding individuals & role models that have contributed to inspiring and empowering the younger generation. The honorees include Laurie Cumbo, The Founder & Former Executive Director of MoCADA cultural museum in Brooklyn (The Shirley Chisholm Award); Okenfe Lebarty, The Executive Director of CUNY Student Services (Island Voice Cultural Enrichment Award) and Staten Island Olympic Boxer Marcus Browne (The Capt. John Jackson Pioneer Award). The Liberian Market Women of Park Hill will be awarded (The Habiba Halilu Cultural Excellence Award) as well.
Island Voice President and Youth Summit creator Bobby Digi stated “This year’s summit is even greater than last year’s summit packed with more fantastic organizations that share our common vision on youth empowerment community development & cultural diversity. We continue to reach out to the diverse community on and off Staten Island fostering relationships that promotes the world as a global village. We must all work collectively to save the future thus the importance of motivating our future generation today more than ever. Knowing your history allows you to direct your future since knowledge is power. At Island Voice Inc. being a community resource agency, we task ourselves with connecting the community with city and social agencies from the youths, seniors to small businesses and new immigrants. The community needs to be better informed, better prepared to survive ever-emerging challenges whether man made or natural.” Special thanks to our annual venue sponsor Wagner College facilitated through the History departments courtesy of Lori R. Weintrob Chair and Assoc. Prof. History Department. We also thank all the numerous organizations and volunteers that came aboard this year.
The 7th Annual Island Voice ‘Know Your History’ Youth Empowerment Summit is free. We also provide lunch, snacks and goodie bags courtesy of Island Voice Inc. our partner organizations and sponsors. We also provide service hours for student volunteers. This event will be interactive, entertaining and educational. This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Island Voice Inc. is an emerging non-profit organization based on Staten Island with a mission to act as a resource to actively engage in multi-cultural community development; by offering solutions to promote Economic Development and Empowerment Opportunities, Strategies to engage the Youth and to cultivate a positive environment of unity amongst the African, African American and Caribbean Communities of Staten Island. Island Voice Inc. will incorporate a series of special events to encourage and support financial literacy, multi-cultural community development, job training and education – especially to benefit the youth. The organization plans to engage and partner with political, religious, community civic and business leaders to help create a platform to advance economic empowerment and create and sustain a vibrant arts and education platform to benefit a largely underserved constituent. Island Voice Inc. initiatives are immediately focused on economic empowerment, youth advocacy, training, promotion and celebration of cultural history materialized through the Annual Staten Island Black Cultural Arts and Heritage Day Festival &Parade (the first and Original African heritage Parade on Staten Island. The Annual “Know Your History”! Youth Empowerment Summit, various economic empowerment workshops, small businesses information sessions and numerous community town hall meetings.
Contact: Shereese Mullings
Island Voice Inc.
F(718) 351 3986
Staten Island, NY 10304