CBYC Seeks Youth And Parents

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Tony Herbert, CEO of The Professionals Network Organization and The Fort Greene Volunteers are calling all youth, parents, clergy, to the Central Brooklyn Youth Council’s Introduction Forum which has been organized to explain the mission of the CBYC – the first of its kind – which is to give youth from the Brooklyn community, insight on how non-partisan government works, in order to educate and motivate them regarding the importance of the voting process.

Photo: Tony Herbert, CEO of The Professionals & BJ Duffy SVP, North Fork Bank Brooklyn
Photo Credit: Phil Andrews

On Thursday, January 4th, 2007 from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm, the Central Brooklyn Youth Council will hold the CBYC Introduction Forum at Brooklyn Technical High School, located at 29 Fort Greene Place in Brooklyn, New York.  Sponsored by The Professionals Network Organization, North Fork Bank, Congressman Ed Towns and Fort Greene Volunteers, Inc., the Central Brooklyn Youth Council’s Introduction Forum has been organized to explain the mission of the CBYC – the first of its kind – which is to give youth from the Brooklyn community, insight on how non-partisan government works, in order to educate and motivate them regarding the importance of the voting process. 

Youth who participate in the Central Brooklyn Youth Council will play host to well over 5,000 Brooklyn youth from various ethnic backgrounds and cultures, engaging them in positive activities, dialogue and programs designed to shape them into responsible citizens.  Some of the youth will actually assume governmental titles and responsibilities within the CBYC. 

Issues such as Teen Pregnancy, Gang Violence and STDs will be addressed in ongoing dialogue amongst the youth. Professional organizations will contribute their members’ time as volunteer mentors.

Youth between the ages of 8 and 16, parents, city officials, clergy, community youth organizations such as, but not limited to, the Boys and Girl Scouts of America, various youth councils, youth oriented organizations and relevant entities are encouraged to join the CBYC and work together in this initiative.

Guests for the evening include Congressman, Ed Towns (D-NY), Brooklyn Deputy Borough President, Yvonne Graham and Kings County District Attorney, Charles J. Hynes.

The Fort Greene Volunteers is a 501(c)3 community based organization whose mission is to build a better quality of life for youth by education and mentorship. The Fort Greene Volunteers provide youth with job referrals, apprenticeship programs, and more.  “Being that this community is comprised of predominantly single mothers, we were compelled to pitch in and help out.  The kids get so many negative influences by which to follow, we chose to give them some positive elements to use for their growth and development.  We stress the importance of education and hard work and perseverance and the fact that basketball is not the end-all-be-all to success,� stated Ronald Washington, President of the Fort Greene Volunteers.

“It was once said that ‘The true measure of success is weighed by the leadership that is provided’.  We here at The Professionals Network Organization together with the Fort Greene Volunteers are working to provide leadership that will allow our communities to grow and flourish, thus leaving a legacy behind only to be duplicated by our most valuable commodity -- our youth,� stated Tony Herbert, CEO of The Professionals, originator of the Central Brooklyn Youth Council concept.

DATE:       Thursday, January 4, 2007   
TIME:        6:30pm – 9:30 pm.
PLACE:     Brooklyn Technical High School
                 29 Fort Greene Place in Brooklyn, New York
                 Between DeKalb and Lafayette Avenues

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