Susan T. Rodriguez
Chionesu Bakari Program for Young Men
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2016
Chionesu Bakari Celebrates 10 Years of Mentoring Young Black Men in Brooklyn & Queens. The Benefit Gala Will Honor Founder Horace L. Moore and 8 Brooklyn H.S. Graduates
BROOKLYN, NY, June 2, 2016 – On June 10, 2016, Chionesu Bakari Program for Young Men (CB) celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary with it’s “sold-out” Benefit Gala & Rites of Passage Celebration at the New York LaGuardia Marriott. The Gala honors the life’s work and vision of empowering young black men of Chionesu Bakari’s Founder & Executive Director, Horace L. Moore. CB also celebrates the Rites of Passage of 8 young men who are moving on to college in the fall.
The evening will begin with an open bar cocktail reception where over 350 guests will have a chance to mingle and meet with members & alumni of Chionesu Bakari, followed by special presentations, dinner and dancing in the Grande Ballroom. Keynote speaker, Mr. Shawn Dove, CEO of Campaign for Black Male Achievement will underscore the importance of the evening along with remarks from many national and local leaders in the Black Male Achievement & Empowerment Movement. Funds raised from this benefit will directly support programming for our college-bound tours that year over year provide options for college enrollment.
Notable names attending to-date include, David Banks – Eagle Academy Foundation, Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood – Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, and Rev. David K. Brawley -St. Paul Community Baptist Church. Sponsors include Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Eagle Academy Foundation, SheaMoisture, Maimonides Medical Center, Frank R. Bell, the MALIK Fraternity Inc, and Ericka Keller – Thomas Keller Fund
The inspiring night of support for the young black men in our community will be shared & broadcasted on all social media outlets, namely Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope with the tag #CB10
The critical challenges to uplift the lives of young black men are met by the Chionesu Bakari year-round program model. The CB model successfully ties mentorship, college-readiness, cultural exposure and education along with parent engagement for young men and their families from the New York communities of Brooklyn and Queens with the highest crime rates and lowest high school graduates rates. This successful model has for 10 years transformed the lives of over 300 young men with outcomes of 100% high school graduation, 92% college enrollment and to-date 7 college/university graduates.
About Chionesu Bakari: Chionesu Bakari Program for Young Men (CB), www.youngblackmanonline.org, headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, was created to bridge the achievement and social gaps between young black males and society. Launched in July 2006, since its inception CB has offered young males between the ages of 8 and 18, year-round 1-on-1 and peer mentoring, and a curriculum of decision-making, character and skills development. Activities include group counseling, tutoring, financial literacy, undoing racism training, arts and media exposure, physical fitness & nutrition, non-violent conflict mediation/resolution, leadership development, public speaking, Bible study and College and Cultural & Historical landmark tours throughout the United States and Canada.
Founder & Executive Director, Horace L. Moore is an advocate and leader for youth and an educator for over 25 years who sought a way to powerfully impact young people, specifically young black males. Chionesu Bakari, a Swahili phrase meaning “Guiding Light of Noble Promise” was created in 2006 to bridge the