On July 18, 2014 the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth & Family Center hosted a Youth Empowerment Event. Many of the local agencies and youth organizations were invited to the event. June Archer a Hartford native and community leader was the master of ceremony for the evening. The gym was filled with over 200 youth and family members. Representation from the local radio station HOT93.7 was in attendance as well. There were a number of young inspirational speakers addressing the audience. Through spoken word and poetry the families were reached. The message was to dream big and make the necessary steps to achieve your goals. The keynote speaker for the night was Eric Thomas a motivational speaker from Detroit Michigan. His passion and enthusiasm invigorated the minds of the youth. He challenged them to strive for excellence. This event was very instrumental to the families in this community. They had the chance to connect with many community leaders. Abdul-Rahmaan Muhammad from the Dream Chaser Support Network followed the event with the Ice Cream For a Dream. Each participant in attendance would tell Eric their dream and receive an ice cream. The youth in the community left the event feeling recharged and inspired. We were grateful to host such a great event. We look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts with other organizations to provide the best opportunities to empower our youth in the city.
Written by Tim Baymon