Family & Community Engagement Speaker Inspires with Talk on Urban Trauma
On Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Bulkeley High School, Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez and the Office of Family & Community Engagement welcomed over 200 guests to their free event, Hopes and Dreams 2020.
Children were able to play in the attended Childcare Room, while adults went to the auditorium to be inspired by Dr. Maysa Akbar, Amazon Best Selling Author and Speaker. With great passion and poignancy, Dr. Akbar shared her personal story and research as it relates to Urban Trauma as well as interactive coping mechanisms. The activities planned were meant to inspire and motivate all attendees to dream and plan for their future. Dr. Akbar’s presentation was interactive, real, and moved every heart in the room.
Four students were also recognized for their Hopes & Dreams essay submissions:
- Abhinivesh Rani, grade 2, Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker
- Mia Crespo, grade 4, Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker
- Romario Hayden, grade 8, Milner Middle School
- Elaineh Paulino, grade 11, Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College
Watch the awards ceremony here!
Essay contest winner, Mia Crespo (right) grade 4, Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker with her father and sister.
Essay contest winner Elaineh Paulino, grade 11, Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College, is surrounded by her proud family.
Essay winners received trophies, certificates, and tickets to the Connecticut Science Center.
After Dr. Akbar’s presentation, a Q&A session was led by Master of Ceremonies Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad of My People Clinical Services and Dream Chaser #1, during which the audience was able to ask questions of Dr. Akbar.
Information tables for My People Clinical Services, the YMCA, the 2020 Census , the HPS Welcome Center, and Urban Trauma were visited by many families.
Sistah Anyango, Founder & CEO at FLYY Fitness Healing & The Arts, led a group dance and rap-a-long to wrap up the event program.
Lunch, face painting by Joy Monroe, and ice cream by Ice Cream for a Dream truck were provided for all.
Dr. Akbar autographs her book, Urban Trauma, for a young scholar.
The Hopes & Dreams team with Mr Muhammad and Dr. Akbar (center)
Thank you to our sponsors and donors: Pepsi, Candace ChunkyDiva Donaldson; Socks by Gee Greg Drayton Greg Freedom; Escape Massage Shawnee Rochester; Customized Sweatshirt Ashon Chewy Avent; Wounded Warrior Book by Uneeder Ruth; Dorell Henderson Winners Circle.
Below is the Hopes & Dreams Team that brought this event to you. (Poster design by Samariya Smith!)