Youth Summit Scheduled For Next Month
Touted as the first ever youth-led Far Rockaway Youth Summit, an event will be hosted next month by the Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition and Youth Planning Committee that is designed to start a “Rockaway youth revolution, shedding light on free programs, and helping youth see what the Rockaways has to offer while challenging perceptions of the peninsula.” The all-day summit will take place at the Far Rockaway Educational Campus on May 5.
Milan Taylor, the president of the Rockaway Youth Task Force, called the event “a call to arms; an opportunity for the youth to galvanize and stand up against the few youths who tarnish the image of the Rockaways.”
Participants will be addressed by motivational speaker Maurice Belfonte of It’s T.I.M.E. Now Inc. (“The Inner Me Exposed”). There will be workshops on handling stress and obtaining jobs. Attendees will be entertained by local performers. Participants will also be made aware of job opportunities and the many resources and service providers in the Rockaways.
According to Taylor “Some of the workshops included in the summit will be Financial Literacy, How To Get Involved in the Community, and Job Readiness.”
“RYTF will be hosting a workshop entitled ‘Money, Power, Respect,’ a breakdown of local government and how it impacts our everyday lives,” said Taylor. “The title of the workshop is a line from a popular hip-hop song. We’re using the culture of the youth to appeal to them. The planning of the youth summit was youth planned, from guest speakers to topics of the workshops.”
Participants of the youth summit, from 13 to 21 years-of-age, must pre-register to attend. Registration and tickets are available at the following locations: The Action Center, 57-10 Beach Channel Drive; the CAPP Office at Far Rockaway Educational Campus, 821 Bay 25 Street; Queens Teen Library, 2002 Cornaga Avenue; and the Arverne Library at 312 Beach 54 Street.
Member agencies of the coalition include the 101 Precinct Community Council, The Action Center, AIDS Center of Queens County, Battalion Pentecostal Assembly, Child Center of New York, Community Resource Exchange, North Shore LIJSchool Based Health Center/CAPP Program, and Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, Police Athletic League, Queens Public Library/ Arverne Teen Library Branches, the Rockaway Youth Task Force, and Safe Space NYC.