On June 5, 2016, Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc., hosted it’s 4th Annual Youth Summit “Road 2 Success: Young & Wealthy” at St Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y. Over 125 individuals registered and attended our event. The day started off with so much energy when Singer/Songwriter and Founder of FYREZONE, Bud Ramsey performed an original song.  Our event was hosted by Brooklyn’s finest “Shice Da Voice of Brooklyn”.  He had everyone out of their seats, dancing, singing and laughing. Opening remarks came from Candice Julien, a representative of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams office.  She welcomed our youth with a powerful message to empower them to dream big.
Our Road 2 Success panel was a hit as we expected it to be.  The panel included various entrepreneurs, each with a unique story to share. Panelists included (from left to right) Keisha Dutes, Radio host and producer of TK N The AM; Shereen Campbell; CEO of My Little Magic Shop; Jasmine Briggs, Career Coach; Tanille Edwards, Singer/Songwriter and Author; Brigid Turner, Writer & Actress; Lucas Mendieta, CEO of Elite and  Ryan Espinosa, CEO of Spiire.
Founder of Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc., Ijana Nathaniel, Rapper Lil Cease and Tyieast Lloyd Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. Treasurer and Lil Cease sister.
Our Keynote speaker for the day, LaToya Rose, the Wealth Connector, came all the way from Virginia to motivate and inspire the youth at our summit and she did not disappoint.
Jasmine Briggs, Career Coach leading her Career Planning workshop.  Youth created collages that expressed their passions, goals and strengths.
Ryan Espinosa, CEO of Spiire led a workshop called “Creating Your Personal Foundation for Success”. During this workshop youth were provided some everyday simple tools and techniques to help them create a personal foundation for their success.
Shakea Bobb, one of the 1st Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. students returned to speak about how our organization has played a part in shaping the young confident woman she is today.  Shakea came to Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. in 6th grade and is now a sophomore at Urban Assembly School fo Law and Justice. Her goal is to be a US Marshall.

Special thanks to all of our event sponsors including the Brooklyn Nets, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Tanille Edwards, Author of Broken, Materials For the Arts, Shice Da Voice of Brooklyn, DJ Epic and My Little Magic Shop.
I would like to recognize all of the organizations and schools that were represented at our summit. The following schools and organizations participated in our summit: Dept of Education, Eagle Academy for Young Men, Eastern Consolidated, Ebbetts Field Middle School, Explore Charter School, FDR  High School, Fordham Arts, Genesis, Grover Cleveland High School, Grad IBEW 827,  Institute of Health Professions, IS 27  SI N.Y., IS 381, IS K490, James Madison HS, Kings Collegiate Charter School,  Leon Goldstein H.S., Lexington School For the Deaf, Life Academy For Film & Music, Live City NYC, Man Up Inc., Mott Hall Science and Technology, My Passport Purpose, New Settlement, Penn Foster Port Richmond H.S., PS 110, PS 178, PS 45, PTECH, Science Skills  Center High School, Secondary School for Law, St Kevin Catholic Academy, SUNY Geneseo, The Daniel Society, The Lawrenceville School, Trans Perfect, Trey  Whitfield, ULUE Clothing , ULUE University, United Federation of Teachers, Up Rising Starts, Vacation and Fun World Travels, NYPD Explorers, and the YWCA Brooklyn.
Lastly, I would like to thank my Board of Directors, Raina Whitfield, Tyieast Lloyd and Frances Clifford, our Youth Summit Committee Oliver Pavick, Catherine Catherine Gichenje and Danisa Perez-Alverado, Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. Youth Ambassador Shakea Bobb, and all of the volunteers who helped plan and execute an event that we will remember for years to come. Our event was a success because of you!

About Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc.:

Dare 2 Dream Leaders, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit youth organization making an impact on the Brooklyn Community by providing free empowerment programs to at risk youth in a safe learning environment for youth to learn and grow.  Our mission is to empower our youth by providing education, skills and resources that will help build them into future dynamic leaders who are socially and economically independent. D2DL provides educational workshops in topics that include creative arts, financial literacy, etiquette, entrepreneurship and community service.


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