York College Male Initiative Program And Men’s Center To Sponsor Economic Empowerment Conference

The York College Male Initiative Program and Men’s Center will sponsor its Economic Empowerment Conference, Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY. The theme of the conference – “Re-Energizing Our Entrepreneurial Spirit” – will create dialog around the premise that for the second decade of the new millennium, Black males may need to discard the long-favored strategy of being “employable” and replace it with a new-millennium strategy that concentrates on being “entrepreneurial.”


There will be a stellar roster of panelists in attendance to discuss this concept. They are Dick Gregory, activist, anti-drug crusader, comedian, actor and nutritionist; Kevin Powell, entrepreneur, writer, activist and political figure; Ron Daniels, York College Distinguished Lecturer and president, Institute of the Black World 21st Century; Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad, minister, Mosque No. 7 in Harlem and CEO and founder of the Center for Self Improvement; and Harry Wells, director, Small Business Development Center at York College. The featured speaker will be Cheryl Coley, City Limits Media Corporation, who will address “The State of Black Male Unemployment in New York City.”


“Now more than ever before, it’s time to reawaken the entrepreneurial disposition,” said Jonathan Quash, director of York College’s Male Initiative Program, “and become providers of products and services.” The purpose of the York College Male Initiative Program and Men’s Center is to provide a system of support, through various resources, that contribute to the improvement of enrollment and graduation rates of male students. The event is free and open to the entire community. For further information, please feel free to contact the Men’s Center at 718.262.3772, or visit their website at: http://york.cuny.edu/student-development/mens-center