(PRWEB) June 29, 2013
ERASE Racism, a civil rights non-profit, has been awarded $7,500 from the Manhasset Community Fund (MCF) to hold a Student Leadership Forum in the Town of North Hempstead. Since 2003, the Manhasset Community Fund, begun by the Greentree Foundation, has given out “Good Neighbor Grants” to address priority needs in the Town of North Hempstead. This is ERASE Racism’s first year receiving the grant for demonstrating the positive impact that the organization’s Student Leadership Program has had in the Town of North Hempstead. The Student Leadership Program is a series of workshops to teach Long Island high school students about the history of race and racism in the U.S. and how race continues to have an impact on Long Island and in their communities. The 2013 Good Neighbor Grant will fund the organization’s next Student Leadership Forum, which is a full day interactive workshop that includes a motivational speaker, video clips, and small group discussions.
Due to high levels of segregation and school district fragmentation on Long Island, students rarely have the chance to meet and learn from their peers in other school districts. ERASE Racism’s Student Leadership Forum provides them this unique opportunity and encourages collaboration across school districts. The goal of the Student Leadership Program is to help create the next generation of racial justice advocates on Long Island.
The next forum will take place in the Town of North Hempstead on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 10a.m. to 4p.m. The exact location will be announced in September. To learn more information about ERASE Racism’s Student Leadership Program or to find out more information about the organization, please visit the student page on the website http://www.eraseracismny.org or call 516-921-4863.
About ERASE Racism: ERASE Racism is a regional organization that leads public policy advocacy campaigns and related programmatic initiatives to promote racial equity in areas such as housing, public school education and healthcare. It engages in a variety of research, education and consulting activities to identify and address institutional and structural racism, primarily on Long Island.