REAL TALK SERIES
“Youth Speak-Out…Room With a View” An Inter-Generational Conversation
Manhattan Borough President, Honorable Gale A. Brewer
Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez
HarlemYES is pleased to present “Speak-out…Room With a View” An Inter-Generational Conversation”, taking place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Raymour & Flanigan, 100 West 125th Street, Harlem, NY 10027, from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. The Speak-Out will be an open intergenerational conversation between LGBTQ+ youth ages 16yrs to 25yrs of age, elected officials, organizations, community and business leaders. Attending youth will discuss issues of importance to them, seeking answers to questions that will assist them in navigating through this ever-changing society. Intergenerational work demands that we recognize the inherent strength of each generation along with the responsibility we all share to be connected to, and lend a nurturing and guiding hand to our most valuable yet vulnerable resources….our youth…our future.
HarlemYES’s goal is to create a safe listening space where strategies will be developed through conversation, with the end goal of creating relevant community programs and social policies geared towards providing services and resources for an ever-growing population of LGBTQ+ youth residing within the five boroughs of New York City.
We believe meaningful dialogue between our youth, and community leaders will create the total village necessary to bring about change, to strengthen our communities both economically and socially. Intergenerational work must be about building bridges not barricades. It is about what is possible when we view people of different generations and sexual orientation as a force to be reckoned with, to be ready to engage, and not be left behind waiting for someone else to do it for them. HarlemYES is an advocate for the joining of forces between parents/guardians, local political leaders, community leaders, law enforcement, business and organizations. Because of our life experiences, different ages, and the various stages we are in which projects our self-expressions, the perspective of the conversations will vary, influencing the attitudes our young people have towards older adults, we believe this holds true when, we are trying to promote, intergenerational understanding in other contexts.