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MBK Challenge Spotlight: Yonkers

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We featured this MBK Challenge spotlight in our November 2017 newsletter

This fall, Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa, Regent Lester Young, and Regent Judith Johnson joined a celebration at Lincoln High School in Yonkers to recognize the remarkable achievement and success of the Yonkers MBK program and to honor those who have helped make it all possible.

The event featured keynote speaker Assemblymember Michael Blake, a NYS MBK leader and a member of the White House team in 2014 that created the original MBK Task Force. Assemblymember Blake focused on the power, impact, and lasting benefits of MBK for boys and young men of color and their families, schools, and communities.

NBA legend and NBA Cares ambassador Felipe Lopez turned his NBA platform into a force for improving the lives of young men of color through education and mentorship. More than 200 high school members of the Yonkers MBK movement heard his inspirational story.

Also participating were NYS Senate Democratic Leader Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins; Mayor Mike Spano; Rev. Steve Lopez, President, Yonkers Board of Education; Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools; Rev. Dr. Jim Bostic, Executive Director, Nepperhan Community Center; Shawn Dove, CEO, Campaign for Black Male Achievement; and state and local elected officials.

Chancellor Rosa, Regent Young, Regent Johnson, & Felipe Lopez at Yonkers MBK event
Students attend Yonkers MBK event