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05/27/2009
Hudson Valley Community College Hosts National Coalition Building Institute of Capital Region’s First Annual Youth Leadership Award Ceremony

CONTACT: Brendon Layton (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 27, 2009

WHO: Hudson Valley Community College and the
National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) – Capital District Chapter
WHAT: 1st Annual NCBI Youth Leadership Award Program
WHEN:

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 6 p.m.

WHERE:

Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium
Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY

For a map of the HVCC campus, driving directions and parking information, please visit: www.hvcc.edu/campusmap

DETAILS:

Hudson Valley Community College will host the National Coalition Building Institute’s first annual Youth Leadership Award Program, honoring over 100 students and school coordinators from many school districts across the Capital Region who have demonstrated acts of leadership in their schools to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environment using the skills and principles taught in the NCBI training program.

Hudson Valley and the Capital Region Chapter of NCBI have collaborated this past year in producing a number of workshops and training programs for area school districts designed to enhance diversity awareness and tackle the issues of racism, sexism, homophobia and disability discrimination.

Founded in 1984, in Washington, D.C. as a nonprofit leadership training organization, NCBI works to eliminate prejudice and conflict in communities throughout the world. In 1999, the White House Task Force on Race recognized NCBI as one of the nation’s best practices in building relationships across diversity and group lines.

This award ceremony marks 10 years of NCBI’s work with local school districts. This year, award honorees will be represented by a number of local school districts such as Ballston Spa, Bethlehem, Chatham, Guilderland, Hudson, Hudson Falls, Ichabod Crane, Queensbury, Ravena, Saratoga, Shenendehowa and South Glens Falls.

For more information regarding the NCBI program, please contact Pablo Negron, Director of Disability Resources at Hudson Valley Community College at (518) 629-7154, or please visit: www.ncbi.org or www.hvcc.edu/ncbi.

Photo and Interview Opportunity: Members of the media will have the opportunity to take photos and video of the event. Both honorees and professionals participating in the event will be available for interviews.