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Young People’s Project To Celebrate Second Annual Project

Originally Posted: August 21, 2009

East Hampton - Bob Moses will help celebrate Young People's Project Second Annual Bridgehampton fundraiser hosted by Toni Ross, Kathy Engel and Omo Moses on Friday, Aug. 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Toni Ross' Bridgehampton Estate.

The evening will highlight the tremendous work of the Young People's Project in true New Orleans style with a performance by the Hot 8 Brass Band and Louisiana-inspired cuisine from Nick & Toni's among a host committee of Hamptons notables and community leaders.

Founded in 1997, the mission of the Young People's Project (YPP) is to use Math Literacy as a tool to develop young leaders and organizers who radically change the quality of education and life in their communities so that all children have the opportunity to reach their full human potential. Through a series of national programs that span from New York, to Mississippi to Los Angeles, the Young Peoples Project participants' are engaged and challenged to become catalysts for social change.

"Finding Our Folk" is a program of YPP that seeks to document and share the stories of Katrina survivors, that connects these stories with the narratives of individuals in marginalized communities across the country, sharing the cultural spirit and heritage of the people of New Orleans and offers the work that they and Gulf Coast residents must do to rebuild their communities and lives as an indicator of the work that needs to take place across this country to shift social, political and economic arrangements. The work of "Finding Our Folk" seeks to enliven campus debate, encourage student activism and introduce students to one of the most unique cultures in America.

With the introduction of "Finding Our Folks" Children's Education Music Initiative the Young People's Project participants will work directly with the Hot 8 Brass Band, a music program that seeks to help rebuild New Orleans through preserving heritage and transmitting culture. The Hot 8 Brass Band - all hurricane survivors - are featured in "When the Levees Broke," an Emmy award winning documentary by Spike Lee and will perform in a collaboration with the Black Men of Labor and Pleasure Club as well as New York-based community dance collective The Urban Bush Women for this special event.

Donations of $150 are suggested. To RSVP for the event, contact Folake Ologunja at 917-806-5575 or email rsvp@typp.org.

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