New York, NY, September 11, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Youth On The Move In The Community Inc., announced today that it will honor the center’s Director, Elijah Brooks, Dr. Lynne Holden, Gail Marquis and Carl Banks at the First Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner. The star-studded event will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Gatehouse in Harlem. Track and field star Sanya Richards-Ross will be the emcee for the evening. Youth On The Move’s student-athletes are expected to participate.
“I am honored to be recognized by the community that I serve,” said Elijah Brooks Executive Director. “We have extremely limited resources, and with the outreach available through our Board members and the Harlem community, this event is an opportunity to make a significant impact on the center’s future.”
There is a tremendous need for sports and afterschool programs in Harlem, to encourage movement and positive social interaction. And more importantly, to provide a safe environment for youth who move about daily life near the center’s gang-ridden neighborhood. Youth On The Move motivates children to dream, and partners them with caring adults and coaches who nourish those dreams. The organization and Brooks use competitive sports, health and wellness, and educational milestones as a form of life support for students and their family.
Without community support, Youth On The Move In The Community, Inc. may no longer have the ability to meet its operating expenses. It will have to close the doors not only on the center but also on the dreams of hundreds of children, all with inspiring life stories.
“Too many families lack the resources their children need to live a happy, safe life,” said Morris McWilliams, President of the Youth On The Move Board of Directors. “ We’re happy to have the opportunity to honor those who serve as a dynamic example for our children. And we hope that this fundraiser will help to mobilize the necessary financial support.”
When: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Where: The Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue in Harlem, New York City.
To make a donation or to purchase an individual ticket ($325), please visit http://youthonthemoveawards.eventbrite.com. Or, make checks payable to Youth On The Move In The Community Inc. and mail to: Youth on the Move – c/o Morris McWilliams - 132 Odell Clark Place – New York, NY 10030. You may also visit the organization’s crowd-sourcing site to see the students in action and to make a financial contribution to the YOTM movement: http://igg.me/at/ harlemsyouthonthemovemovedtodream.
For more information, please contact Gillard Jones Agency at 917.304.4953 or visit http://www.youthonthemoveinc.org/.
About Youth On The Move In The Community Inc.:
Youth On The Move In The Community, Inc. was founded in 1991 with a small grant from the New York State Department of Youth. The organization was designed to offer young people opportunities to engage in physical activity through organized sports, with the goal of increasing self-confidence.
Darlene Gillard Jones
Youth on the Move In The Community Inc.
c/o Morris McWilliams
132 Odell Clark Place
New York, NY 10030