Island Voice News

Island Voice Presents: The Sixth Annual Youth Empowerment Summit

Saturday, February 25, 2012 between 12-5:00 pm, on the Grymes Hill campus of Wagner College, 630 Howard Avenue,
Staten Island, New York, in Spiro Hall Room 2. The summit will feature speakers from Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of
Immigrant Affairs’ One NYC One Nation, Citizens Committee For New York City, Panelists from Vibe Magazine, Applause
Magazine, NY1, Entertainment by Nigerian drummer and poet Femi NYC, Ghanian R&B sensation Kofi Black, and reggae
sensation Junior Reed. Workshops by Masahiro Ito, Yemmy Made and Sajda Ladners from Universal Temple of the Arts
& many more!


Saturday, February 25, 2012 between 12-5:00 pm, on the Grymes Hill campus of Wagner College, 630 Howard Avenue,
Staten Island, New York, in Spiro Hall Room 2. The summit will feature speakers from Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of
Immigrant Affairs’ One NYC One Nation, Citizens Committee For New York City, Panelists from Vibe Magazine, Applause
Magazine, NY1, Entertainment by Nigerian drummer and poet Femi NYC, Ghanian R&B sensation Kofi Black, and reggae
sensation Junior Reed. Workshops by Masahiro Ito, Yemmy Made and Sajda Ladners from Universal Temple of the Arts
& many more!

The highlight of this year’s youth summit will be the collaboration between One NYC One Nation, Citizens Committee For
New York City and Island Voice Inc. One NYC One Nation will be providing keynote speakers that will teach the importance of knowing your rights and responsibilities. The Citizens Committee For New York City will be providing workshops that will teach the youths the basics of community organizing. These two proactive organizations alongside Island Voice’s already successful youth summit platform will empower, uplift, inspire, and prepare our inner city youths to be better leaders of tomorrow.

“While we continue to make the case for sensible immigration reform in Washington, at home we must also work to
continue empowering immigrants to contribute to the cultural and economic well-being of our City – because the
more civically engaged New Yorkers are the stronger our neighborhoods become.”
– Mayor Bloomberg
Island Voice CEO Bobby Digi is a recent graduate of The Coro Immigrant Leadership Program 2011. He is excited about
this year’s partnership between Island Voice Inc. and Mayor Bloomberg’s Immigrant offices’ One NYC One Nation, Citizen
Committee for New York and his alma mater I.S 49.

“It is always exciting to share resourceful information with the Staten Island youths and their families as we
continue in our quest to save and empower inner city youths struggling to survive peer pressure and challenges
they face from societal and/or family issues. I am proud of our committed partners and fellow community leaders.”
in light of the sad news of the closing of P.S 14 we have renewed our commitment to supporting community
schools and assisting students in what ever capacity that we can starting with P.S 57 and I.S 49 our past and
current summit partners.”
– Bobby Digi

“Citizens Committee for New York City is thrilled and honored to connect with young people from Staten Island’s
North Shore and is grateful to Island Voice for its invitation! The Basics of Community Organizing workshop shows
participants that anyone, through effective planning and strategy, can mobilize local residents to put together
neighborhood improvement projects that address community-identified issues.”
– Saleen (Citizens Committee for New York City)

On February 25, 2012, Island Voice Inc.’s sixth annual “ Know Your History” Youth Empowerment Summit will successfully provide an entertaining and educational event that will uplift and inspire Staten Island’s inner city youths. The exciting collaboration with Mayor Bloomberg’s One NYC One Nation and Citizens Committee For New York City will provide them with the tools and information needed for successful leadership in their community. The distinguished panel will share their insight and experience on how media has played a part in portraying Black history and heritage both in the past and present. Admission is free.

This event is produced by, Island Voice CEO Bobby Digi, The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant affairs, One NYC One Nation,
and Citizens Committee of New York City, The Wagner College History Department Chairwoman Lori Weintrob, and
Universal Temple of the Arts.

Please Contact:  PR@Islandvoice.org for more information

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