What do you get when you combine youth development and empowerment with sponsorship and star power? You get VOICES8, the Brotherhood/Sister Sol (BroSis) annual benefit to highlight the youth.
I was so proud to attend this event last Thursday — currently in its eighth year — and witness the unity and sequence of deliberate circumstances that occur to make it possible for BroSis’ supporters to celebrate the organization’s commitment to helping Black and Latino young men and women develop into critical thinkers and community leaders.
BroSis’s approach to youth development is unique and provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to 21. The organization offers wrap around evidence-based programming, providing four, six-year rites of passage programming through a five day per week after school care, school and home counseling, summer camps, job training, college preparation, employment opportunities, community organizing training and international study programs to Africa and Latin America.
This year’s honorees included: – Theodore V. Wells Jr., Partner & Co-Chair of the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison – Nina Wells, former New Jersey Secretary of State – Ana L. Oliveira, President & Chief Executive Officer of the New York Women’s Foundation – Bill Lynch, former Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Founder & Chairman at Bill Lynch & Associates.
And, other honorees: Harry Belafonte, a former Bro/Sis honoree, presented Mr. Lynch with his award; CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, a former VOICES8 host, presented Ms. Oliveira with her award; and actor Boris Kodjoe hosted the evening’s festivities. VOICES8 also featured music on the turntables by Black Girls Rock! Founder and celebrity DJ Beverly Bond.
Photo Credit: Andrew French
Source: Real Hamilton-Romeo