The Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc. (HCFS) will again hold a youth development and issues forum entitled “Planting the Seed: Organizing, Cultivating and Supporting Youth Advocacy in Our Community.” The forum will be held on Saturday June 1, 2019, at 9:30 AM, in the Multipurpose Room of the WBS YMCA, located at 1110 May Street in Savannah, GA.
Early on, Past HCFS President Bishop Willie Ferrell asked the Board of Directors to revisit youth focused sessions, which have over the years, proven motivational and inspirational to those seeking to improve the quality of life of youth in the Savannah Area community. A panel of advocates and professionals with hands-on experience and expertise has been invited to share visions, track records and recommendations for those charged with working with youth, as well as those laymen who are interested in lending financial and human resources toward youth development.
Invited to sit on the panel will consist of Ron Robinson (Corporal Retired), currently an instructor/ trainer who has held numerous assignments with the Chatham County Sherriff’s Office over the past sixteen years. He has developed several programs to help youths and young adults improve their lives within the community.
Dare Dukes is a nonprofit leader and community organizer in the arts, education, youth development and social justice. He is Executive Director of Deep Center, Inc. that empowers Savannah’s young people to thrive as learners, community leaders and agents of change.
Michael Porter is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Savannah and Hinesville. He works as a mental health therapist and holds Juvenile Sex Offender Counselor Certification. He is an author and conducts group sessions and workshops for youth and adults: Violence Prevention for African American Males; Understanding and Preventing the Influence of Negative Rap; Rites of Passage Programs for African American Male; Establishing Health Male-Female Relationships; Bridging the Academic Achievement Gap; and the Misdiagnosis of African American Boys.
Curtis Singleton is currently engaged in community service activities with The Mediation Center as a member of the Board of Directors. He is a Georgia certified mediator, a facilitator and Director of Community Conference. Community Conferences provide a structured process to resolve conflict in juvenile criminal justice, schools, neighborhoods and workplaces.
Beverlee Trotter is a Licensed vocational Nurse with over twenty years of experience in Hospice, Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities, and Family Practice. She founded Savannah Youth City (SYC) in 2013 to help young men and women like her who were/are confused, broken and damaged. SYC’s biggest goal is “To Break Cycles’ and provide youth, in partnership with others in the community, opportunities to succeed.
Tre Singleton is Founder and Executive Director of Urban Mentoring Academy (UMA). He is a volunteer with numerous organizations and agencies serving youth, especially the West Broad Street YMCA, where he serves on the Board of Directors.
Come lend your voice to this important issue in our community. For more information, please contact Julia Wright at 233-0855 or 927-8425.