Letter to the editor

Filed under OPINION

The African-American Cultural Society, Inc. (AACS), in the person of its president Ed Pinto, Jr., and the Palm Coast/Flagler County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, through its president Dr. Pamela Jackson-Smith, have established a partnership to benefit African-American males.

These organizations have wisely determined the need to step out as a “vanguard” and help launch the sorority’s national flagship program for males, in its second year in operation here.

EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities to Develop Independence): Day of I.M.P.A.C.T. (Imparting and Mobilizing Advocates for Community Transformation) was held at the African-American Cultural Society on March 10. Over 100 young African-American males were treated by volunteer guest presenters to information and inspiration on educational opportunities, instruction and insights on wise sexual behaviors, ways to legitimately and intelligently expand their educational, entrepreneurial and work horizons, along with spiritual entertainment and a catered lunch.

Flagler residents who may be blissfully unaware of the many programs offered by this community’s organizations for its youth should make an effort to become better acquainted. Our youth live among some very troubling facts and statistics.  If we don’t assist them in finding their way, they just might destroy our and their own accustomed and contented ways of life.

As a concerned community resident of Flagler with an adult son and grandchildren of my own, I want to personally thank the aforementioned groups and all of the other sponsors – the Flagler County Youth Center, Flagler’s Family Life Center Work Force, Allstate’s O’Donnell & Associates, St. John’s County Library, Wendy’s Hamburgers, and J. C. Curry Catering – who joined in and made this Impact Day a wonderful success on behalf of our African-American young men.

–Vikki Taylor, Palm Coast

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