Making Youth A Priority

What happened at “The Night Belongs Us?”

(New Haven, CT – Wednesday, July 25, 2012)  During the hot summer months, many urban youths are often faced with the dilemma of being in the right place at the right time; in other words to behave and stay out of trouble.  The Courtland S. Wilson Branch Library of New Haven and Boldminds LLC joined forces this past Tuesday to host a dynamic night of education, art, literature and food, which is themed “The Night Belongs to Us.”

The Night Belongs Us” is the 2012 Connecticut summer reading theme for teenagers. Courtland S. Wilson Branch Library Manager Melissa Canham-Clyne, MLS felt that an interactive workshop that would address the various aspect of safety that urban youth are most likely to encounter will be the best way to reach urban youth in the New Haven urban area.

This straight talk workshop entitled “Youth Safety with Cops, Gangs and Guns” will be examined the interactions between the police and predominately Hispanic, Latino, and Black youth.  The interactive workshop also examined how urban youth represent themselves and how they are perceived by others in America.

See various News Stories:

Fox 61 News – New Haven Workshop To Talk To Kids About Crime

News Channel 8 Anti-violence event held in New Haven

The event was sponsored by Winstanley Enterprises, LLC.  Contributing Partners also included Wilson Branch New Haven Public Library, Boldminds LLC, National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers Inc., New Haven Guardians Inc., New Haven County Silver Shields, Hill Youth Action Team.

Several officials and community leaders were on hand to include: Connecticut State Representative Gary Holder-Winfield,New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman, Winstanley Enterprises LLC Carter Winstanley, Mubarakah Ibrahim Alderman Frank Douglas, District Manager Lieutenant Holly Wasilewski, Barbara Fair, New Haven Street Outreach Workers NHFA

Each teen that attended received a complimentary copy of the book (60 books), button and tees shirt.

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Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur is an author, public speaker, racial profiling consultant, entrepreneur, and a law enforcement Sergeant. His unique views and approach to urban violence prevention, racial profiling prevention and community based policing have been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR-Where We Live, New Haven Independent, NPR-All Things Considered, WYBC-Electric Drum, New Haven Advocate, Russian Radio, BBC, PBS, New York Daily News, New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, and Al Jazeera America. His repertoire continues to grow consistently. He has appeared as a guest host on WNPR's “Where We Live.” He is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.
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