Sept. 24 event to guide local youth through challenges they face as African American males

WHAT: Youth leaders from Neighborhood Service Organization’s (NSO) Youth Initiatives Project (YIP) will kick-off activities surrounding its partnership with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) with the Male Empowerment Breakfast, Saturday, Sept. 24 at the NSO Bell Building Gymnasium. NSO YIP is partnering with CBMA in Detroit, Oakland and Baltimore to address issues faced by African American males and lift up programming that supports this vulnerable population. The new CEO of Focus: HOPE, Jason Lee, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Up to 70 YIP students from the Osborn University Campus and Durfee Elementary/Middle School, as well as members of local African American fraternities and officers from the Detroit Police Department and DPS Police Department, are expected to attend. The theme of the breakfast is “New Beginnings: Hope. Dreams. Opportunities.”

The purpose of this youth-driven event is to support the young males in the YIP program in overcoming daily challenges, helping others reach their full potential and provide the opportunity for the leaders of today to guide the young leaders of tomorrow and address the issues faced by African American males.

A pre-event Resource Fair will take place that morning from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., which will include pre-employment and other supportive services for young men.

YIP: Designed to encourage youth activism and peer-to-peer collaboration as a means of improving the capacity of neighborhood and community organizations, NSO YIP’s training provides youth leaders with the skills to plan and organize activities that promote well being and success. Participants include individuals who have experienced gun violence on some level. YIP members plan and organize activities designed to promote non-violence and substance abuse prevention. YIP is funded by The Skillman Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Ford Motor Company Fund, Wayne County Child Care Fund and The Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24

WHERE: NSO Bell Building Gymnasium • 882 Oakman Blvd., Detroit

WHO: • Jason Lee, CEO, Focus: HOPE, Keynote Speaker

* Frank McGhee, Director, NSO Youth Initiatives Project

* Detroit Police Department and DPS Police Department Officers

* Durfee Elementary/Middle School & Osborn University Campus Students

* Male Role Models

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