2017-03-17 / Community

Rockaway Youth Task Force Honored

By Gail Johnson


Al Roker speaking with RYTF Chair of Member Engagement Xavier Martin. Al Roker speaking with RYTF Chair of Member Engagement Xavier Martin. The Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF) was honored by the Citizens Committee for New York City at their annual gala held at Gotham Hall on Monday, March 6.

The Citizens Committee for New York City – whose mission is to help New Yorkers, especially those in lowincome areas, come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods – is one of the oldest micro-funding organizations in America.

The Citizens Committee strives to improve the lives of New Yorkers living in low-income areas by providing support to grassroots organizations like RYTF.

The Osborn Elliot Award for Community Service celebrates and honors individuals and organizations who work to improve local quality of life in New York’s poorest communities.

The Osborn Elliott Award was presented to RYTF by New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill and celebrity weatherman Al Roker.


Al Roker and NYPD Commissioner James ONeil presenting award to RYTF Co- Chair of Organizing Aury Diaz. Al Roker and NYPD Commissioner James ONeil presenting award to RYTF Co- Chair of Organizing Aury Diaz. “We are incredibly humbled and thankful to be the recipient of this year’s Osborn Elliott Award for Community Service,” said RYTF Executive Director Milan Taylor. “When I founded The Rockaway Youth Task Force in 2011, I knew that youth and young adults like myself had so much to offer our community and to see that vision realized and validated is incredible. I am incredibly thankful for the entire RYTF Team and for the Citizens Committee for recognizing us for our hard work.”

Tamera Jacobs, RYTF Director of Operations released the following statement, “Each of us works together so seamlessly to bring about change we could have never thought was possible by ourselves. We’ve created something very special here and I am honored to be part of this organization.”


RYTF on stage with Al Roker and NYPD Police Commissioner James ONeil. 
Photos courtesy of RYTF RYTF on stage with Al Roker and NYPD Police Commissioner James ONeil. Photos courtesy of RYTF Along with presenting worthy organization and individuals with awards, the evening also featured a cocktail reception and allowed more than 400 of New York's most prominent business leaders and philanthropists to network with the evening's honorees. Additionally, there was a performance by the NYPD Emerald Society bagpipers before the formal program as well as a performance by the P.S. 22 Chorus of Staten Island. The evening concluded with dancing to the sounds of The Peter Duchin Orchestra.

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