By Jay Behrke
NEWBURGH – On Saturday, the NFA North Campus held the Save Our Sons summit, jointly sponsored by the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, and One Village NY, and targeting children and families of underserved communities through coordinated programs providing Motivation, Mentorship, and Education.
“These young people coming up today really don’t know who they are historically,” said keynote speaker, author and educator Principal Baruti Kafele, who delivered a hard-hitting message to young men as they transition to manhood. “Why are you expecting me to do these extraordinary things, when I don’t even know who I am relative to what folks have done before I got here, the tone that they set for me to do the work that I can do. But, simultaneously, young people need to have a purpose. There’s something in ’em they haven’t tapped into, and I want to help that youngster to understand, or begin the process of understanding who he is.”
Following the keynote, breakout sessions titled “Motivate” Black Fraternity: College and Career Bound, “Mentor” From Fatherless Boys to Fortune 500 Men, and “Educate” Police Demonstration: Do’s and Don’ts when interacting with law enforcement.
“Thursday night, we did our fifth Strengthen Police and Community relations forum since January of 2015,” noted Newburgh Police Chief Dan Cameron, whose department’s mission has clearly and steadfastly been community outreach. “We met with the community, talked about all our programs, what we’re doing; getting suggestions from the community”
“As a Newburgh native and graduate of NFA, I founded One Village NY to serve the students and families of Newburgh. The Save Our Sons summit will motivate and educate the sons of Newburgh by aligning them with strong community based mentor figures. It has been a pleasure to partner with the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, FACE, and the Newburgh Armory in a joint effort to Save Our Sons,” explained CEO Phillip Gaskins of One Village NY.
Please visit www.onevillageny.org for more information.