2007-08-31 / Community

Youth Council Returns With School Supply Giveaway

By Miriam Rosenberg

After a 25-year absence, The NAACP is kicking off the return of its Far Rockaway Youth Council with its first annual "Back 2 School, Stay in School" initiative featuring a free distribution of back packs, notebooks and other schools supplies to school-aged Far Rockaway children.

"The Far Rockaway NAACP Youth Council's goal is to put the word unity back in community," said Donovan Richards, the co-advisor of the council. "Until we accomplish this, our young people will continue to fall dormant to the negative forces of the streets. I urge all youth to come out and join us in our quest to make Far Rockaway a better place."

The council is seeking donations and supplies for the giveaway. If anyone is interested in helping out, items can be left at NAACP Office at 1931 Mott Avenue on the third floor, room 308.

The Youth Council, which allows young people to be placed in positions to control decisions that have a direct, positive impact on themselves and their peers in the community, is open to Far Rockaway youth 14 to 25 years of age.

Anyone with questions about the giveaway or about joining the Youth Council can contact Lisa Emanuel at 346-306- 2847 or Dr. Ed Williams at 718-327- 5300. The giveaway - which will be on a first come, first serve basis - will take place at Beach 52 Street and Beach Channel Drive and will begin at 12:30 on Saturday, September 15.

On September 13, the Youth Council, along with Councilman James Sanders Jr. and 100 Blacks In Law Enforcement will host a forum called "What To Do When The Police Stop You." The event is designed to instruct the community on their rights as citizens as well as increase communication and police relations with area residents. The forum will take place at 57-07 Shore Front Parkway at 7 p.m.

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