On Saturday, February 11, 2012 the parking lot of the Sweetbay Supermarket in Tangerine Plaza became the sight of a community festival. Estimates of up to four hundred people attended this family-friendly gathering of merchants, service providers, entertainers and others who filled the lot with goods, food, music, laughter and information for all. The Pinellas County Urban League, through its Black-on Black Crime Prevention Program, created a table display to share information about the organization and current service offerings.
Program staff, aided by employee volunteers Cyndi Robinson-Myrick and Tammye Wright-Miller, made connections to in-house offerings such as the NULITES, the PCUL youth club modeled on the National Urban League’s Initiative To Excel And Succeed, and job placement services rendered through the Career Connection Center. Equally important were the external referrals that were made to organizations such as The 100 Black Men of Tampa bay, The American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, St. Petersburg Police Athletic League and more. Said BOBCPP staff member, Michael Adekunle, “We offer some great services at the Urban League, but we do not, nor could we offer everything for everybody. So, we build relationships with others and make connections when mutual goals are shared between the parties.”
The event was not all-laborious work! Staff and volunteers were seen dancing and singing to the R&B sounds produced by John Johnson and his band. How stoppers like the Imagination Station Day Care students, a group of students aging from 2 to 4 years old, received a standing ovation for their leadership through the song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, also known as the Negro National Anthem. Many performances by praise groups, local singers and dancers kept workers and festival-goers in high spirits for the whole day.
The Pinellas County Urban League conducted a raffle for a $25.00 SunTrust Visa Gift Card. Nearly 40 people signed up for a chance to win, and all walked away knowing a little more about the League, its offerings and its partners. Kelly Schnur, a participant representing the health care industry said, “I didn’t know that the Urban league offers tutorial assistance for nursing students.” She shared this information with others in her group, and many immediately asked for more information on this valuable service.
The BOBCPP strives to be a valuable community resource. Please call Michael Adekunle at (727) 328-1968, or contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, to share or receive information about events and activities of interest to the community. Remember, the League and its programs are here for the purpose of –