Empowerment Summit

Friday, January 17, 2014

Agenda
9:00 – 9:45 Breakfast, Networking, Tabling
9:45 – 10:00 Welcome by:
NYC DOP Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi & Mr. Courtney A. Bennett, Director, Minisink Town House, NYC Mission Society
10:00 – 10:30 Alumni Sharing Session
10:45 – 11:30 Breakout Session I
11:45 – 12:30 Breakout Session II
12:45 – 1:30 Plenary Session: From Criminal Justice to Human Justice
Divine Pryor, Executive Director, Center for Nu Leadership on Urban Solutions
1:30 – 2:30 Lunch, catered by Fedcap
2:30 Adjourn
Breakout Session I: 10:45 – 11:30 AM
Call Of Duty:  “Battling Your Inner You” Maurice Winley, Harlem Commonwealth Council Project Coordinator Plus Staff Alumni
This session will arm you with strategies to successfully master the inner journey of transformation and healing. You will be challenged to come to terms with your pain, disappointment and failure. We will learn to understand fear, remove the mask and wrestle with the great question of life: Who Am I?
Can Social Media Get You In Trouble? Kevin O’Connor, Assistant Commissioner, NYPD
Do you think your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are private?  In this session you will learn from the NYPD about how police are using social media to investigate crime.  If you don’t want to get “caught-up” online, come to this session!
Don’t Judge Me, Come Meet Me Theodore “Tee” Haywood, Lead Mentor & Mentor, Osborne Association & Exodus Transitional Community
This workshop, for Probation Officers and Arches Mentees, will address the perceptions we may have about one-another based on partial knowledge.  Using a variety of fun exercises, we will share our experiences and engage in dialogue.
No Future in Hustling:  The Federal Drug Conspiracy Charles Dotson, NYCID Program Coordinator
This thought provoking session will discuss the harsh realities of drug dealing.  Come and learn about federal laws used to prosecute people who participate in illegal drug trafficking.  Learn ways to pursue other career choices.  There is no future in hustling.
Healing Through Restorative Justice Marc Washington, Friends of Island Academy, Program Coordinator
Youth Leadership and Restorative Justice are options for self and community wellness.  Together we will explore ways to become forces of good in our neighborhoods and communities.
Street Encounters:  Know Your Rights Michael “Riko” Guzman, Program Coordinator, BCCJR & Chino Hardin, Program Coordinator, Friends of Bedford
How do you feel about police?  What have your interactions with the police looked like?  In this workshop we will discuss the 3 R’s – Right, Reality and Responsibilities – to learn new ways to interact with the police.
Building Vibrant Communities Joseph Rice, Program Coordinator, Willie Thomas, Mentor, Jonathan McGhee, Mentor, Phipps, Soundview
We all want to live in healthy and vibrant communities.  In this workshop we will explore how to interact with political, educational and financial institutions in order to build a healthy infrastructure in our communities.
Why College? Ray Tebout, College Initiative, Director of Counseling and Mentoring
A panel of College Initiative mentors will discuss their decision to go to college, their experiences in college, including barriers and successes, and their work as mentors for incoming students.  College Initiative works with anyone in NYC who has a GED or High school diploma, some form of criminal justice history and a desire to go to college.
Breakout Session II: 11:45 – 12:30 PM
Call Of Duty:  “Battling Your Inner You” Maurice Winley, Harlem Commonwealth Council Project Coordinator Plus Staff Alumni
This session will arm you with strategies to successfully master the inner journey of transformation and healing. You will be challenged to come to terms with your pain, disappointment and failure. We will learn to understand fear, remove the mask and wrestle with the great question of life: Who Am I?
Can Social Media Get You In Trouble? Kevin O’Connor, Assistant Commissioner, NYPD
Do you think your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are private?  In this session you will learn from the NYPD about how police are using social media to investigate crime.  If you don’t want to get “caught-up” online, come to this session!
Life Beyond Labels, Reaching For Dignity Jose Humphreys & Freddy Baez, LCSW-R, Training and Technical Assistance for Community Connections for Youth
Our neighborhoods and communities often struggle with harmful labels.  These labels come in the form of stereotypes and racial profiling.  They create low expectations for ourselves; mental prisons that lead to a loss of hope and vision.  In this workshop we will explore practical strategies for living beyond labels as we strive for dignity.
Cultivating Collaboration Charles Dotson, NYCID, Program Coordinator & Lisa D’Ambrosio, Dir. Staten Island Adult Services & Arches/DOP Staten Island Team
Explore opportunities to create strong collaboration between Arches providers and the Department of Probation.  We will hear from the Staten Island DOP/ARCHES team about effective strategies for facilitating a strong and positive collaboration.
Bridging The Gap:  A Conversation Between Mentees & Mentors Thomas A. Porter “ARocks”, Mentor, Harlem Commonwealth Council
Wisdom is passed down to youth and passed up to adults.  In this workshop we will create a safe space for an honest civic/political conversation between mentees and mentors.
Street Encounters:  Know Your Rights Michael “Riko” Guzman, Program Coordinator, BCCJR & Chino Hardin, Program Coordinator, Friends of Bedford
How do you feel about police?  What have your interactions with the police looked like?  In this workshop we will discuss the 3 R’s – Right, Reality and Responsibilities – to learn new ways to interact with the police.
BYOB:  Be Your Own Brand Ralph Germain, Jewish Child Care Association, Internship Coordinator
This session will motivate, educate and empower you to invest in yourself as a valuable brand.  You will leave with practical tools and information to develop your brand by discovering who you really are and what you aspire to be.
Future Now:  From G.E.D. To A College Degree Elizabeth Payamps, Director of Future Now, Bronx Community College
Do you have a GED?  Don’t stop there!  Come and learn ways to earn a college degree.  We will discuss how to enroll and to succeed in college.  Come and hear from students who have done it!