Young Men Lift Their Voices in Honor of Their Culture

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The Children’s Aid Society's African American Male Initiative held its public speaking event “Lift Every Voice” last month on Saturday, February 25th at the New York Mission Society’s Minisink Townhouse. Lift Every Voicewas an opportunity to encourage a deeper appreciation of African American history and culture.Along with participants from AAMI, young men from Middle Schools 161, 129, Promise Academy II, and from Abyssinian Baptist Church's Saving Our Son's youth group presented their speeches related to Black History Month.

 Top honors went to Mark Jackson of AAMI and Chazz Johnson of Abyssinian Baptist Church for Exceptional Content and Dzifa Gzaba and Armani Moore of AAMI for Exceptional Delivery.

 "This was an absolutely amazing event “said Mr. John Reddick, a founding board member of the Harlem Link Charter School. “I was impressed and I do not see any reason why next year won't be bigger and better."

 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.

Congratulations to all the young men for their participation and continued appreciation of African American History.