February 21, 2013
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As it heads into the seventh year bringing Staten Island together for a day of conversation about pride, responsibility, unity and the future, the Youth Empowerment Summit at Wagner College Saturday seeks to uplift the borough’s increasingly diverse community of teens and young adults.
The free-of-charge, daylong “Know Your History” event, presented by the borough-based Island Voice and sponsored by dozens of city and state agencies, local businesses, not-for-profits, artists and academics, goes from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Grymes Hill college. As in past years, Spiro Hall is expected to come alive with hundreds of participants of all backgrounds, engaging in conversation, watching musical and spoken word performances, and learning about themselves and each other. Free food and raffles are also part of the program.
“We have to continue to engage the younger generation so they’re suited to embrace the future, to understanding each other, understanding academia, the career world, being prepared,” said Bobby Digi, the president of Island Voice, who launched the event seven years ago, and has watched it grow from a smallish gathering to a vibrant happening. “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 and cultural diversity.”
The summit will feature speakers, panelists and workshops from Arik Airlines, SheisSoMajor.com, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, the Eye Openers Youth Against Violence, 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.
The day of activities, will also include the awarding of the first-ever Island Voice Golden Image Awards, given to role models who serve as an inspiration to the younger generation. Among the honorees will be Staten Island Olympic boxer Marcus Brown and the Liberian Market Women of Park Hill.
Source: Staten Island Advance