SoBRO’s Youth invited to meet Mayor Bill de Blasio

SoBRO’s Compass SONYC youth were invited to attend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s town hall meeting to participate as an exemplary of New York City’s Department of Youth and Community (DYCD) programs being awarded for three consecutive years in a roll. DYCD invests in a network of community-based organizations and programs to alleviate the effects of poverty and to provide opportunities for New Yorkers.Youth participants along with SVP, Johanna DeJesus, and Director, Jason Garcia were both delighted to meet Mr. Bill de Blasio, and Danielle Motindabecka was honored to recite the Pledge of Allegiance before the commencement of the meeting. Also in attendance were Council Member Bill Perkins, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat, State Senator Brian A. Benjamin and Assembly Member Inez Dickens.

Pledge of Allegiance reciter, Danielle Motinbecka started the after-school Compass SONYC program in the sixth grade at the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change. The program quickly became her safe haven as she has been reared isolated and sheltered away from the norms of the American society. Her parents, who are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (country in Central Africa) and French-speakers only, have always been protective of her and were relieved when Danielle found a place where she could flourish, be herself and own her voice. Since joining the program, Danielle has rid away her shyness and passivity, and actively participates in all facets of the after-school program; dance, theater or Broadway Juniors, music productions, homework help, tutoring, and STEM themed activities. She’s slowly become the pioneer of her young life and even joined Thurgood Marshall’s Student Council.

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