Lift Every Voice... Public Speaking Event Honoring Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month the Children's Aid Society is seeking young men of color to participate in Lift Every Voice, a public speaking event hosted by the African American Male Initiative, a CAS program.The event, geared to encourage a deeper appreciation of African American history and culture, will take place on Saturday, February 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the New York Mission Society’s Minisink Townhouse. Lift Every Voice is an opportunity to showcase the youth’s positive academic accomplishments and connection to their heritage.

All participants must dress professionally and their speech topics must be related to the theme of Black History Month, “Is Black History Month still relevant and necessary?” or “Are Our Youth Preparing Themselves to Be Contributors to Black History?” The youth will be judged by a panel of educators, community leaders and representatives of The Children’s Aid Society.

The African American Male Initiative-Steps to Success(AAMI)is a program created by The Children’s Aid Society in response to the educational and social challenges that disproportionately confronted young men of color. AAMI seeks to provide comprehensive services and support to program participants and their families by encouraging academic, social and leadership development of young men.

To register for this public speaking event or to learn more about The African American Male Initiative please contact Ms. Reena Mahabir, Program Assistant at