By Staff –
The Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., in association with the Monroe Community College African American Affinity Group, a faculty organization, has recently presented a special screening of the documentary, “STEP,” the story of a high school girls’ step team in Baltimore’s inner city.
MCC students, staff, and members of the community attended the event on the school’s Brighton campus, and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren participated in a panel discussion, as one of several guests following the film, although she said she had been feeling slightly under the weather.
The group’s discussion focused on the impact of poverty and the importance of sister circles, women-to-girls mentorship, and the development of community supports for young people.
“Every child in our community needs someone to let them know that they do not have to become a victim of their circumstance,” Mayor Warren said.
The mayor also touted the city’s Pillars of Hope program, in which local African-American and Hispanic leaders visit local schools to share positive experiences with youth, and said it’s important for the entire community to help uplift the city’s children.
“It’s on the entire community to reach back and reach out,” Warren said.
Additional panelists included Jackie Campbell, director of ROC The Future with the Children’s Agenda organization; Tanya Thurman, policy analyst with Action for a Better Community; and Derra Smith, a recent graduate of Bethune Cookman University, and current staff member at the Center for Youth.
Visit https://youtu.be/1BVd3O-2E2k, https://youtu.be/qHOtHZcUCN4 , or https://youtu.be/ZBZvn4koZjk to view the mayor’s comments from the discussion, as well as MCC education major Treninia Isaac’s reaction to the film, or click on the images below.