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South Bronx Summit on Childhood Poverty

November 18, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

| Free

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: American Academy of Pediatrics President Benard Dreyer, M.D.

Join Us Week Before Thanksgiving to Start Set Priorities for 2017 & 2018

Panel discussions and working groups on:

Donald J. Trump Presidency: Likely impact on New York City
Childhood poverty as a disease that disproportionately impacts Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans & African-Americans
Informational Briefing from Children’s Aid Society on Bronx Task Force of Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative
Advancing Juvenile Justice Reform: Raise the Age & Closing Rikers
Next steps: 2017 Citywide Elections & 2018 Congressional Mid-term Elections


Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions
Bronx Health & Housing Consortium
Bronx Pilot Project @ MCNY
Community Connections for Youth (CCFY)
Correctional Association
Katal Center for Health, Equity & Justice
Girl Vow
South Bronx Unite

Near the end of the first quarter of the 21st Century, the concentrated poverty in which several generations of New Yorkers were born, lived, and died, in the poorest U.S. congressional district since the middle of the last century, remains persistent for the forseeable future.

A working group of community-based stakeholders are organizing and establishing priorities to transform New York’s 15th Congressional District in the South Bronx into a model for child well-being.

This summit will start with a memorial service for Darryl Thompson and Kalief Browder.

Thompson was a 15-year-old developmentally delayed South Bronx native killed ten years ago by two child care workers at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) when they sat on him until he stopped breathing at an upstate juvenile prison on November 18, 2006.

Kalief Browder was a 22-year-old who spent three years on Rikers Island even though he was never convicted of a crime.

Following the service, Benard Dreyer, M.D., president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) & the leader of the movement among physicians to end childhood poverty in the United States, will deliver keynote address.

Afterwards, the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) will give us a report on what childhood poverty looks like on the ground in the South Bronx, while the Community Service Society (CSS) and Mixteca will brief us on the largest number and poorest children in the city: the Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and Mexicans.

After lunch we will break-up into two working groups (so far) on health and housing & juvenile justice to identify priorities in City Hall, Albany, and Washington D.C. to move the dial on ending childhood poverty, though, under a Trump presidency it’s more like what programs and services do we need to protect.

This will include a discussion of how to advance the Raise the Age initiative in New York to end the prosecution of 16 and 17 year-old children as adults. The state is one of only two in the U.S. that prosecutes children as adults. A quarter of the children serving time in adult prisons are from New York’s 15th Congressional District in the South Bronx.

A new legislative session is starting in January and we want to review what is the best bill possible to improve outcomes for children. Then we need to work out a strategic action plan to activate community members to reach out to their legislators to get that bill approved by both houses of the legislature and signed into law by the governor.

Breakfast and lunch will be served.


The Hub @ Metropolitan College of NY, 459 East 149th St. @ Brook Avenue, The South Bronx


November 18, 2016
Registration & Breakfast 8:30 a.m.
Memorial Service 9:00 a.m. sharp
Morning Program 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch / Break-out Sessions: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Reception 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


November 18, 2016
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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The Hub @ Metropolitan College of NY
459 E 149 Street
The Bronx, NY 10455 United States
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(212) 343-1234

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