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Contact Person: Belinda Ramos

Cell #: 845-518-8522 /Email:

On Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Community Connections for Youth (CCFY), and New York City Department of Probation are sponsoring an event named, “Women’s Empowerment Career Building Night.”   The event will connect over 100 young women from high-risk, high-crime neighborhoods to professional women who will share their stories and career pathways.  CCFY welcomes press to the event to showcase the highly-effective “credible messenger mentoring” movement that is growing in New York City.


The Women’s Empowerment Career Building Night is an extension of NYC Probation’s ARCHES Transformative Mentoring Initiative, funded by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and the Next Steps program, funded by the City of New York.  Each program uses a “credible messenger mentoring” model, in which formerly system-involved adults serve as mentors to youth who are currently system involved, or highly at-risk for system involvement.  The young women who participate in these programs represent all 5 boroughs, and come from some of NYC’s most challenging neighborhoods.  These young women originated the idea for the Women’s Empowerment Career Building Night, and with the support of CCFY have planned and organized the event.

Evening Activities

The evening will begin with social activities, hors d’oeuvres, and a spoken word performance by Soul Servant.  Deputy Commissioner of Probation, Sharun Goodwin, will deliver opening remarks.  A panel discussion, with Q&A, will follow.  The panel will consist of professional women, representing a diverse range of careers.  After the panel discussion, panelists will mingle with the young women attending the event to provide networking opportunities.  Dinner will be served.


The National Black Theater, located at 2031 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10035. Tuesday, August 4, 2015, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

About Community Connections for Youth

Community Connections for Youth is a Bronx-based non-profit organization whose mission is to empower grassroots faith and neighborhood organizations to develop effective community-driven alternatives to incarceration for youth. Responding to the crisis created by the overreliance on youth incarceration, CCFY seeks to build the power and capacity of directly affected communities to develop effective alternatives for addressing the problems of youth crime and delinquency. In 2012, CCFY’s expertise led the NYC Department of Probation to select CCFY as the training and technical assistance provider for the ARCHES Transformative Mentoring Initiative and the Next STEPS Transformative Mentoring Intervention Program.