On June 15th, Sonali Nijhawan, the AmeriCorps State and National Director, visited the City of Poughkeepsie and took part in a podcast hosted by students and staff from Nubian Directions. The podcast took place at the future site of the Micro Enterprise Youth Opportunity Center, which will be located at 209 Cottage Street. This new facility, spanning three floors and featuring a community garden, is expected to significantly enhance the services available to city youth and create economic opportunities for the entire community.
The event commenced with Rob Watson Jr., the Founder of the Lead for Poughkeepsie initiative, introducing all the attendees. Robert Wright Sr., the Executive Director of Nubian Directions, then provided a historical overview of the organization's dedicated service over the past two decades and discussed their plans for Nubian Directions II in the City of Poughkeepsie.
Mario Johnson, the Director of YouthBuild Programs, offered a comprehensive summary of the programs and contributions made by Nubian Directions.
Giuseppe Lombardi, a graduate of Nubian Directions who now works for the organization, shared his journey of achievements and commitment to service. Kim Davila and William Artist, who have both served the community for over a decade at Nubian Directions, were acknowledged and received warm applause from everyone present.
The visit concluded with a tour of the location, showcasing how it embodies the vision of supporting the cradle-to-career initiative. This comprehensive approach is aimed at benefiting the residents of Poughkeepsie and the wider Mid-Hudson Region.