Friday, April 1, 2011

Not Joking in Central Harlem (DFCH)

Happy April Fool's Day!  It might be a time for jokes today but the folks in the new and improved Central Harlem coalition have put their collective foot down and have been busy making plans for a Youth Summit on Underage Drinking on April 29th.
Since finding out at last week's general meeting that they were going to have to step up their efforts to organize and outreach for this event...they have risen to the challenge.  Reps from several Harlem organizations including Our Children's Foundation, Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, and Civic Association Seving Harlem have been meeting weekly to plan out the festivities for the event.   So far, they have secured former NBA star, Luther Wright to be keynote speaker.  Luther has gone from rags-to-riches-to-rags as a result of his drinking problems and has quite a story to tell young people.     They have also received a generous donation from the Central Harlem Sobering Up Station to provide the refreshments for the event.  Plans are still being finalized for the venue, workshops, and special prizes and give-a-ways but it looks like things are coming together...Stay tuned!

Logos, Name, and Message
What should the Central Harlem logo be?
On another note, last night's meeting had an interesting conversation about the direction the group want to go into following the event.  Everything from the groups image, logo and message were discussed.  There was even talk of possibly changing the name in the future.   While nothing was decided last night, the group is looking to make some major decisions prior to the Youth Summit and plans to devote some time each week leading up to the day of the event to make some should be a very interesting conversation.

New Time to Meet, Same Location (for now!)

It occurred to everyone that the meetings always seemed to start a little late with several people running in the door around 6:30-ish. better accomodate everyone's schedule, the official start time for the meeting was changed to 6:30pm.   So here it is...

Next Meeting

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Our Children's Foundation
527 West 125th Street New York, NY 10027-3402

Take the 1 train to 125th Street station.  Walk east 1-1/2 blocks.  Between Old Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue (across from C-Town)

Take A,B,C,D train to 125th Street.  Walk west 2-1/2 blocks.  Between Old Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue (across from C-Town)

For more the NYC Prevention Resource Center at (917) 286-1540

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