2013-06-21 / Community

Rockaway Youth Task Force Hosts Open Mic Night


Host Rahmein Hill and EJ Frasier congratulate a talented young singer on a great performance. Host Rahmein Hill and EJ Frasier congratulate a talented young singer on a great performance. Rockaway youth showed off their talents at an Open Mic Night hosted by the Rockaway Youth Task Force (RTYF) on June 14th. About 70 people showed up at the Ocean Bay Community Center to perform or watch performances by some of Rockaway’s talented teens, children and young adults.

The evening kicked off with an acoustic guitar performance by RTYF member, Emmanuel Afolabi, followed by a variety of acts including singing, rapping and comedy routines. Two of the performers were elementary school students who both showed off their powerful voices.

“Having events like an Open Mic in the Rockaways is a great way to encourage the youth to do something positive in their community and provides them with a platform to express themselves in an open environment” says Rashida Wisdom, a member of the Rockaway Youth Task Force.


Emmanuel Afolabi performing a guitar solo. Emmanuel Afolabi performing a guitar solo. RTYF’s mission is to empower youth in the local community through civic engagement and volunteer opportunities. The group seeks to spark social change in the Rockaways through youth leadership and provide opportunities for teenagers and young adults to become productive citizens of the Rockaways. Their next event will be a Youth Town Hall Meeting on June 29th in Arverne. For more information, find them on Facebook at www.Facebook/RockawayYouth or follow them on Twitter @RockawayYouth.



Talented young singer performs a wonderful solo. Talented young singer performs a wonderful solo.

Comedian Ife has the crowd laughing hysterically. Comedian Ife has the crowd laughing hysterically.

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