Westbury Students Hit The Small Screen

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The Town of North Hempstead’s award-winning, non-commercial government channel North Hempstead TV (NHTV) will be premiering a brand new feature on the town’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) mentorship program on May 2 at 7 p.m. on Channel 18/63 on Cablevision and Channel 46 on Verizon FIOS. The program will air all week at that time.
MBK is a program created by the White House and President Barack Obama in 2014 that focuses on efforts to eliminate opportunity gaps, barriers and challenges facing youth in the local community and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. The town was the first municipality on Long Island to join the program and immediately took on three goals for students: to ensure that all youth graduate from high school, all youth complete post-secondary education or training and all youth out of school are employed.

Supervisor Bosworth greets a mentee at the Brookhaven National Lab anniversary.
Supervisor Bosworth greets a mentee at the Brookhaven National Lab anniversary.

“We have taken the President’s challenge very seriously, and I believe that with the strong commitment we have from our mentors and coordinators that we are making a difference in the lives of these students,” said Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth.

North Hempstead is currently mentoring a dozen students from Westbury High School and Manhasset High School, which will continue through the remainder of the school year. The summertime component of the MBK program is an internship opportunity for the mentees within a Town of North Hempstead department. The idea is for the mentees to find out what they might want to do in their career and gear the internship toward that.

The NHTV program will include footage from the MBK two-year anniversary celebration that took place on March 2 at the Brookhaven National Lab, which students from North Hempstead’s MBK program attended. The celebration featured a speech from the President and Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson.

“Judi’s passion and advocacy is paying off with the collaboration with the Manhasset and Westbury school districts,” said Johnson. “People often times will say well ‘Isn’t My Brother’s Keeper just about young men of color?’ but I would be able to point to Judi’s great leadership and say, this is about the entire country.”

The NHTV feature will also include interviews with mentors and mentees. To view all of NHTV’s programs log on to www.mynhtv.com or check out the town’s YouTube page at www.youtube.com/townofnorthhempstead.

—Submitted by the Town of North Hempstead

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