Mercy Works 2020 Virtual Gala
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WCNY is pleased to partner with MercyWorks Inc. to transform the annual gala fundraiser into a virtual event for audiences across Central New York.
The public watch party will begin with a welcome video at 7:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., the main program will be simulcast on WCNY-TV and OVEE.
Vision changes everything. At Mercy Works, we believe in empowering the children and young adults of Syracuse to reach their highest potential through programs that focus on academic achievement, character development, technical training, and employment skills. We believe in turning dreams into a reality.
Mercy Works operates the Clarence Jordan Vision Center, a place dedicated to providing programs that empower youth to define their life’s vision and leverage career opportunities through vision-based learning using Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
This year, we're taking our event virtual with the help of WCNY. Tune in on October 9th on WCNY Channel 24 from 8pm - 9pm EST.
Hosted by Michael Jr.
Known as one of today’s most gifted comedians, Michael Jr. brings laughter and understanding to audiences all over the world. Michael has spent a significant portion of his career making laughter commonplace in uncommon places such as homeless shelters and prisons, in addition to empowering his audiences with an appearance in Sony Pictures' feature film War Room as well as a starring roles in Selfie Dad, and MORE THAN FUNNY.
With Special Guest Speaker Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine
Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator who believes that students should not have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. An internationally acclaimed award-winning educator, Stephen is the author of the best-selling book, The Power Of A Plant, and founder of Green Bronx Machine - an organization that builds healthy, equitable, and resilient communities through inspired education, local food systems, and 21st Century workforce development. Dedicated to cultivating minds and harvesting hope, our school-based model using urban agriculture aligned to key school performance indicators grows healthy students and healthy schools to transform communities that are fragmented and marginalized into neighborhoods that are inclusive and thriving.
Stephen was a Top Ten Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, named Global Humanitarian, Food Tank Hero, TEDx Prize Winner and a Global Food Educator, and has presented at the Obama White House three times. His TED talk has more than 1 million views, ranks in the Top 10 Food/Education TED Talks of all time, and is used for teacher training/workforce development globally. Stephen's work has been featured by Forbes, Fast Company, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, TNT, Disney, Discovery TV, NPR, Teach Middle East, The Gulf National, and countless others.
Mercy Works provides innovative solutions to alleviate the unmet social and educational needs of underserved youth and families (communities). We accomplish this by utilizing resources received through cooperative partnerships with private, corporate, community, faith- based, and government agencies. To that end, we endeavor to inspire vision, create opportunity, and cultivate purpose to transform young peoples lives.
As Central NYS continues to deal with unprecedented economic woes, high incidence of gang violence, and record low high school graduation rates, the importance for creating skilled well-balanced urban professionals has never been greater. Mercy Works has garnered a reputation for instilling a sense of community in promising area youth who continue to flee the region for more prosperous communities. Our efforts to build relationship with the community, instill a sense of vision in our youth and take time to mentor to their emotional, relational and academic needs is what is establishing a foundation of success. Results include: 165 students graduated from our program in 2016, 169 graduated in 2017 and 215 in 2018. Upon graduation of our fall term 2019, 215+ students are expected to have registered and successfully graduate from our programs. Graduation rates among the students that participate in our program is approximately 90 percent. Our students walk through our doors and leave with a vision for their future, a sense of their value, and skills that ensure their academic, social and vocational success!
MW Gala Slideshow
- WCNY Robert J. Daino Broadcast and Education Center
WCNY is a trusted media enterprise, constantly evolving and fully engaged with a diverse audience that shares our passion for public service. Together, we will contribute to community prosperity and embrace innovation to foster a well-informed, inspired world. WCNY connects with the curious of all ages through innovation, creative content, educational programs, and transformative experiences to open minds and spark change.
- MercyWorks Inc
MercyWorks provides exceptional Personal Development, Technology Development and Workforce Development programs and mentoring to Inner-City youth predominantly from the Syracuse City School District.
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