2012-05-11 / Community

Youth Summit A Success

By Miriam Rosenberg


Keynote speaker Maurice Belfonté, of It’s T.I.M.E. Now Inc., told Rockaway’s youth that “You have value beyond your own imagination.” Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. Keynote speaker Maurice Belfonté, of It’s T.I.M.E. Now Inc., told Rockaway’s youth that “You have value beyond your own imagination.” Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. 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.



A Chase Bank representative addresses one of the most popular workshops of the day, ‘Show Me The Money,’ centered on managing money. Entrepreneur and 101 Precinct Council President Justin Cauley joined Chase representatives in facilitating the workshop. A Chase Bank representative addresses one of the most popular workshops of the day, ‘Show Me The Money,’ centered on managing money. Entrepreneur and 101 Precinct Council President Justin Cauley joined Chase representatives in facilitating the workshop.

How to stay positive when life gets tough was the basis of the workshop ‘Mind Over Matter.’ How to stay positive when life gets tough was the basis of the workshop ‘Mind Over Matter.’

A resource fair included representatives from the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, the Queens Library, Sorrentino Recreation Center, the 101 Precinct Explorers, and (pictured, left) the Rockaway Youth Task Force which also ran the workshop on government ‘People. Power. Respect.’ A resource fair included representatives from the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, the Queens Library, Sorrentino Recreation Center, the 101 Precinct Explorers, and (pictured, left) the Rockaway Youth Task Force which also ran the workshop on government ‘People. Power. Respect.’

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