2013-05-17 / Community

Leadership Was Theme Of 2013 Youth Summit

By Miriam Rosenberg


The key to saving is not spending. Felicia Johnson said in the ‘Show Me The Money’ workshop, “If you spend every dime you get, how are you going to save?” The key to saving is not spending. Felicia Johnson said in the ‘Show Me The Money’ workshop, “If you spend every dime you get, how are you going to save?” Be a leader. That was the keynote topic at this year’s Far Rockaway Youth Summit, which took place earlier this month at the Far Rockaway Educational Campus. In addition to keynote speaker Marcel Braithwaite’s speech, the May 4th summit featured various workshops designed to help young people succeed. Workshops featured tips on finding the right college, the do’s and don’ts of finding a job, the best way to manage money and staying healthy by eating right.

In his keynote speech Braithwaite said “Leaders are mad kids working to create a good city…. Being mad means you care.” His message to the youth of Rockaway was to be focused – have a mission and pursue those goals, take action to help their community and to be accountable for their actions.


A representative from Edge Leadership Program (which provides employment opportunities for youth) and a summit attendee watch an ELP video, during the Resource Fair. A representative from Edge Leadership Program (which provides employment opportunities for youth) and a summit attendee watch an ELP video, during the Resource Fair. Nick Master, the Director of Programs for the Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation ran the workshop ‘Got Work? Get Work.’

“Eighty percent of getting a job is how you present yourself,” said Master, who added young people should acquire experience and skills. Master also urged the youth to take up the art of volunteering, telling those attending the workshop that you never know who you will meet or where it will lead.

A resource fair was also part of the event. The summit was hosted by Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition, which is made up of twelve organizations including the 101st Precinct Community Council, the Church of God Christian Academy, Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, the Police Athletic League, the Queens Borough Public Library and the Rockaway Youth Task Force.



Milan Taylor, right, of the Rockaway Youth Task Force, used role playing to stress how you present yourself reflects in a job interview. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Milan Taylor, right, of the Rockaway Youth Task Force, used role playing to stress how you present yourself reflects in a job interview. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg

Nick Master ran the ‘Got Work? Get Work’ workshop. Nick Master ran the ‘Got Work? Get Work’ workshop.

Marcel Braithwaite talked about how to be a leader in his keynote speech. Marcel Braithwaite talked about how to be a leader in his keynote speech.

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