Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Roosevelt Island Young Women Complete RIRA Make It Count Leadership & Job Skills Initiative - Senior Citizens Invited To Celebrate With Them And Enjoy Free Dinner And Original Dance Performance Thursday October 13

Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Community Polling and Youth Initiative Chair Adib Mansour reports:

Roosevelt Island Senior Citizens are cordially invited to the RIRA Youth Initiative “Make It Count Event

this Thursday, October 13th, between 4:30 and 6 PM, at the Senior Center (546 Main Street).

The event is a culmination of a leadership program for a group of young females (ages 12 to 15) that fits in a Civic Engagement category, teaching young RI adults how a bank works, and how to save money for future needs. It also exposes them to new job opportunities in the financial field. On the long term aspect, the young adults organized an event for the island’s seniors and disabled (as the RIRA Survey showed us lack of programs after 5PM).

Once the students configured the event, they budgeted for the food (they chose a healthy menu of Pasta Bolognese and fresh salad) from a budget given to them by RIRA. They will also have engaged the WIRE and Roosevelt Islander media for publicity as well as engaging with local politicians, the community leaders, RIOC, and RIRA. In addition they negotiated with vendors on the island as well as with Carter Burden Center managers.

For the event, they created two original dances that they have been developing, as well as coordinating with a local classical piano teacher and her young students (ages 5 - 10) for performances during the event.

The young adults will gain knowledge of banking, job opportunities, budgeting, and planning, as well as helping their community, engaging vendors and organizations from our island in a united effort. A win-win-win benefiting many aspects of the island.