FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2016
Chionesu Bakari Program for Young Men celebrates the bond between Young Black Men and Mothers with an Inaugural Mother & Son Dance, March 25, 2016
BROOKLYN, NY, March 21, 2016 – Chionesu Bakari Program for Young Men celebrates the entrance of Spring by celebrating the joyous love between Mother and Son with it’s Inaugural Mother and Son Dance, Friday, March 25, 2016 from 6 – 9:30pm. The Inaugural dance will take place in the beautiful rotunda of the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY. Chionesu Bakari (CB), is a mentoring and rites of passage program for young black males in it’s 10th Anniversary Year. The CB program model ties mentors, young men and family in an edifying successful triad that has for 10 years transformed the lives of over 300 young men from middle school to college and career.
This Inaugural Mother & Son Dance is being produced with a sense of whimsy and fun designed to increase the connection between sons and their mothers. To capture the event throughout the night photo booth props will be available for candid and posed funny face pictures of Moms and Sons. All photos will be ready for posting with #CB10 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The energy will be high during the friendly competition among mother/son duos for best lip sync team among other duo contests. To keep sons on their toes with their cool moms, there will be an old school vs. new school dance off! The night will surely be filled with raucous laughter, hugs and cheers during the battles.
The spirit of the evening will result in important bonding time between mothers and sons. So often black mothers and sons, are only tackling the daily academic, family and external challenges. The nurturing connection of mother and son is lost too early for so many young black men. CB’s Inaugural Mother/Son event desires to foster better communication and nurturing between moms and sons for their success.
About Chionesu Bakari: Chionesu Bakari Program for Young Men (CB), headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, was created to bridge the achievement and social gaps between young black males and society. Since its launch in 2016, 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.
Chionesu Bakari takes young men out of their comfort zone and opens up their world perspectives, guiding their development to the leaders they were born to be. Chionesu Bakari boasts a 100% high school graduation rate, with 92% of those young men currently enrolled in colleges/ universities across the country. Seven additional CB Alumnae will have graduated college or university by June 2016.