YPC

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COUNCIL | Summer Happy Hour

The YPC Summer Happy Hour was an overwhelming success.

Many thanks to those who supported the Summer Happy Hour at Ketch Brewhouse. With over one hundred supporters in attendance, the event was an overwhelming success! Our guests had the opportunity to mingle on a private rooftop overlooking the Financial District while learning more about the mission and services of the organization. The evening included a raffle and silent auction, featuring prizes generously donated by Saks Fifth Avenue, e.l.f. Cosmetics, Little Frog, Madewell and Away Luggage.

The Summer Happy Hour was presented by CPNYC's Young Professionals Council, a group of change makers dedicated to embracing and empowering children of incarcerated parents.

BABATUNDE | Young Professionals Council Member

Babatunde, a young change maker, dedicates his time and energy to furthering CPNYC's mission.
As a former social worker, I have personally witnessed the long term effects of incarceration on families. My promise is to be an advocate, mentor and role model for our children.

How did you first find out about Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC)?
I was introduced to Children of Promise by Board Member Oma Holloway. We work together on various social, political and community efforts throughout central Brooklyn. 


What made you want to join the Young Professionals Council (YPC)?
I believe in the mission and vision of Children of Promise, NYC and wanted to help to raise awareness by using my personal and professional network to financially support the great work of the organization. 


What skills or assets do you bring to the team?
I feel that my varied service, problem solving and team building experience has been a valuable asset to the Children of Promise family. For almost two years, I've have had the opportunity to create, implement and produce fun and positive programs for the children we serve in our community.  
 

What have you found to be the most rewarding part of being on the YPC so far?
The most rewarding aspect of the YPC is being involved with a group of like minded young professionals dedicated to making a positive impact to the children of incarcerated parents
within my community of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  


Are you involved in CPNYC in any other capacities?
Recently, I organized a holiday gift drive with my fraternity and I also volunteer for the Saturday Resource Center. 

EMILY | Young Professionals Council Member

Emily brings a unique set of skills to the YPC and promises to be an advocate for the children CPNYC serves.
I promise to be an advocate for the extraordinary children that CPNYC supports and to devote my time to furthering the agency’s mission.

What inspired you to join the Young Professionals Council (YPC)?
After speaking with members of the CPNYC staff, I was impressed by the organization’s mission to embrace children of incarcerated parents and empower them to break the cycle of intergenerational involvement in the criminal justice system. As a member of the YPC, I work to further this mission.


What skills or assets do you bring to the team?
Before joining the YPC team, I worked for a transnational NGO based in Paris, France that supports children with imprisoned parents. The experience has given me insight into how another organization with a similar mission as CPNYC’s operates. 


What have you found to be the most rewarding part of being on the YPC so far?
Learning how other members came to be involved with CPNYC and hearing why they have been inspired to join. We are a diverse group working towards a common goal.


Which upcoming event are you most excited about?
I love to cook, so it would have to be a toss-up between the Cooking Contest and The Chef’s Dinner.

KUMANAN | Young Professionals Council Member

YPC member Kumanan brings finance and business experience to the team, furthering CPNYC's mission.
I first started at CPNYC as a mentor and quickly discovered that joining the YPC was necessary to effectuate change and assist in expanding the organization.

How did you first learn about CPNYC?
I was making the move from Toronto over to New York City in 2014 and I heard about CPNYC through a colleague at another non-profit I work with. I came by for one of their orientation weekends and have been here ever since.

What inspired you to join the Young Professionals Council (YPC)?
I first started at CPNYC as a mentor and quickly discovered that joining the YPC was necessary to effectuate change and assist in expanding the organization.

Which skills do you bring to the team?
Finance and business experience.

What has been the most rewarding part of being on the YPC?
Seeing kids in the break rooms or playing basketball at CPNYC, knowing that we’re helping shape this amazing organization.

Describe your personal promise to CPNYC.
To remain dedicated to bettering the lives of children of incarcerated parents.

TIFFANY | Young Professionals Council Member

YPC member Tiffany supports the empowering services that CPNYC provides, allowing children of incarcerated parents to break the cycle.
I promise to be an example of what CPNYC participants can accomplish despite their adversities. No matter what society may think, having an incarcerated parent doesn’t destine a child to that same fate.

What inspired you to join the Young Professionals Council (YPC)?
When I was growing up my mother was in and out of prison. My siblings and I had to endure a lot of difficulties that I feel could have been avoided or more easily managed if we had the assistance of a program like CPNYC. I see being a member of the YPC as a way to be a voice for children of incarcerated parents, as well as to assist CPNYC in reaching its full potential. This will ensure that the families of CPNYC benefit as much as possible.


Which skills do you bring to the team?
My first-hand experience in dealing with many of the situations the participants are going through is an asset to the YPC. In addition, I am a passionate leader, diligent worker, and accomplished writer.


What has been the most rewarding part of being on the YPC so far?
Spending time with the children at CPNYC and knowing my hand has helped them is a huge reward. I am also very proud to speak about the organization and bring awareness to the often overlooked children that are left behind due to mass incarceration.
 

Which upcoming event are you most excited about?
I am very excited about the Cooking Contest and hope to see my sister take a top prize! I’m also looking forward to the Dodgeball tournament, though I can’t brag about my athleticism.


Are you involved in CPNYC in any other capacities?
In addition to being on the Board Development Committee of the YPC, I also volunteer at CPNYC once a week and am mentor to a wonderful girl named Aaliyah.
 

What is your personal promise to CPNYC?
I promise to be an example of what CPNYC participants can accomplish despite their adversities. No matter what society may think, having an incarcerated parent doesn’t destine a child to that same fate. I promise to remind the children of incarcerated parents that they still have options, and I promise to challenge the thinking of anyone who thinks otherwise.