January 19th, 2012
At Leadership, we have a service initiative called Leadership Steps Up through which staff develop service projects for the local and global community. As we begin the new year and approached Dr. Martin Luther King’s Day of Service, we hoped to address, as Dr. King put so clearly, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question—What are you doing for others?” In response to Dr. King’s questions, we organized Step Up and Do Something, a Leadership Cabaret that showcased Leadership’s staff talents to raise money and awareness for today’s youth. We formed a collaboration with Do Something, a NYC-based organization that shares the same values, goals, and mission of empowering youth and building strong leaders by creating a culture of volunteerism and activism among young people who recognize the need to “do something”. Step Up and Do Something was a salute to the dedicated and brilliant individuals who constantly strive to make positive change in this world.
Step Up and Do Something was a success on many levels! All the donations from the event went directly to two of Do Something.org’s initiatives: their Teens for Jeans campaign that is centered around gently worn denim donations and supplies over 1,000 homeless shelters in the United States and Canada, and their Annual Boot Camp Series, which provides youth with courses in volunteer management, marketing, social media, and social change. The Leadership family of colleagues and friends successfully collected 48 pairs of jeans and raised $750, enough to send 9 students to Annual Do Something Boot Camp which will be hosted in NYC on June 9th, 2012.
It was a fantastic evening and so inspiring to be a part of such a great company of people. We were so proud to be members of this group who were boldly sharing their artistry with the community. It was a great occasion to be reminded of why our trainers are some of the best in this city! We wildly applaud the following stars who took the stage and shared their talents for a good cause: Tom Armstrong, Elizabeth Pupo-Walker, Lucille Rivin, Christopher Benjamin, Alexandra Warren, Allyson Lynch, Lumumba Seegars, Christina Neubrand, Jenny Greeman, Cornelius Bates, Mauel Rojas, Beata Terrasi, Funmilayo Chesney and Members of the Fusha Dance Company! It was so inspiring to celebrate the true artist in all of our trainers. Thank you all for Stepping Up and Doing Something! We hope to make this an annual event so if you missed it this year be sure you take the stage next year!