Youth Summit A Success
The first Rockaway Youth Summit, designed by the youth of the area, appears to have been a success. The keynote speaker, motivational speaker Maurice Belfonté of It’s T.I.M.E. Now Inc., expanded on the theme of the day – Far Rock …A Diamond in the Rough. He told the young people “bringing a diamond to its true light takes work …. You are the reason why the rock will shine, but first you have to look deep within [yourselves] .…. You have value beyond your own imagination.”
The May 5 summit at the Far Rockaway Educational Campus, which included various workshops, was sponsored by the Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition. Among its members are the 101 Precinct Community Council, the Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, the Arverne and Rockaway Teen branches of the Queens Library, and the Rockaway Youth Task Force. It was planned by youth leaders of the member organizations.