Thousands of Bronx Students Attend 10TH Anniversary of “YOUTH SPEAKS”

BRONX — More than a thousand students from various public and private elementary and middle schools in the Northeast Bronx recently attended The Bronx Youth Empowerment Program’s (YEP) 10th anniversary celebration of “YOUTH SPEAKS” at the Richard R. Green Middle School 113, 3710 Barnes Ave., Bronx.


The forum was co-hosted by NYC Council Member Andy King (12th CD) and the youth of Bronx YEP.  It featured guest speakers NYC School Chancellor Carmen Farina, Sean John executive Jeff Tweedy, Bay Plaza Mall owner Sam Shalem, State Sen. Ruth Hassel-Thompson and members of the NYPD.


“YOUTH SPEAKS” is a free, annual event coordinated and hosted by the Bronx Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) in partnership with the Office of Council Member Andy King and is designed to allow youth to express their concerns growing up in today’s society. For the past 10 years, the program has brought together Bronx youth with civic/business/community leaders to discuss topics to help youth develop, and partner up on civic and community engagement actives that benefit Bronx communities.


“YOUTH SPEAKS” has empowered our youth to spearhead conversations important to them and activate a level of positive community participation so desperately needed form our youth,” stated Council Member Andy King, who founded the program with his wife Neva Shillingford-King.


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