Good Morning Everyone,
Now at Project HYPE, we are excited to announce some great news about one of our programs. We are always determined to create change within our youth and our communities. We provide our students with the tools and resources to make it happen. Aside from our founder, we bring in volunteers from many different avenues to show examples of different ways of making a change. A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about our program, Men of Elmont, organizing a video about their encounters with the cops in their neighborhoods. Some were positive, and some were negative. We used this as a way to inform our mentees that they can use their voice to make a change.
Furthermore, our founder Raymond Ramos sits on the Nassau County Community Council, which provided the youth at Men of Elmont with the opportunity to reach out to their local Police Commissioner. As you all know, there has been an eruption within our black and brown communities across the country. So, the Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder of Nassau County has started to work on Police Reform and how to bridge the gap in many communities of color. One of the things he tasked our program with was having the young people speak to the Officers in a video that he could utilize. So, Mr. Raymond Ramos made it a mission to have the young men talk about their experiences with Officers from different perspectives. The young men proceeded to use the video as a platform to lament and let law enforcement know what they believe will be beneficial and will make a difference in their communities. We are happy to announce the video they submitted will officially be a part of their police academy training. This simple act is a clear example of it takes a village to bridge a gap. That’s all for this week. See you all next week!