Urban League luncheon to focus on children’s behavioral health

Urban League luncheon to focus on children’s behavioral health

urban-league-logoThe Urban League of Rochester will hold its 53rd annual luncheon Thursday, focusing on children’s behavioral health.

Karen Pittman, a sociologist and founder of the Forum for Youth Investment, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. Pittman will discuss the importance of positive youth development, making sure all students are ready for college, work and life, especially those with the greatest need and untapped potential.

“Communities are recognizing the importance of a clear, strategic focus on youth development as a way to galvanize their commitments to readiness, equity and quality services,” Pittman said. “I share the Urban League’s commitment to harnessing the power of our unique, collective strengths and driving the change needed to improve children’s behavioral health.”

The event will be held Oct. 4 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Last year’s luncheon garnered some 200 guests.

“We are delighted to mark 53 years in our community by welcoming Karen Pittman to share her knowledge and insight into children’s behavioral health,” Urban League President and CEO William Clark said. “The luncheon is a great way for businesses, community members and organizations to gather and discuss finding solutions to the issues that affect our most vulnerable community members. I am looking forward to another thoughtful and impactful event.”

Urban League’s mission is to transform the community by empowering individuals, creating opportunities and providing hope. The nonprofit organization has more than 30 programs to help thousands of people in the community through youth development, education, family and children’s services, developmental disabilities, housing, business development and economic development.

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