FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25th July 2016
The Ghana'As3m Series: July Edition- Wednesday, 27th July 2016
On Wednesday, 27th July 2016, from 6pm-8pm join threesixtyGh, iSpace, TedxAccra, and JustFresh for the kick-off series of Ghana’As3m: Meaningful discussions and storytelling in the iGarden.
Ghana’As3m is a series of discussions on relevant topics pertaining to today’s youth. The series is an open forum addressing current issues facing the African continent and the Diaspora. The series will take place in the Garden at iSpace Ghana every last Wednesday of the month.
For the July 2016 edition we welcome:
Leaders of the Free World (LFW), an international experiential learning and leadership development program aimed at social intervention for young Black men. LFW is a unique social impact concept, which combines global engagement with social intervention while creating access to a network of mentors. The program provides international exposure to young men of color while expanding each participant's leadership capacity. For more visit www.leadersofthefreeworld.org
Theme: Why it is important to connect with your roots
Michael Osei Agyapong, a recent graduate of the School of Medical Sciences, KNUST and 1st place winner of the 2015 #360WritersChallenge. He believes that connecting to our roots is an important step in carving out our true identity. ‘A tree is named after its fruits but fruits don't develop without the roots.’
Rita Kusi, MD of threesixtyGh a storytelling platform to empower the youth to have a voice. She is an avid believer in connecting with our roots in order to move forward and become our true self. She lived in the U.S. for 20+ years and returned home in 2013.
Food and Beverage Sponsor: JustFresh
The dialogue on Wednesday, 27th July, will focus on four young fellows between the ages of 18-24 from the Leaders of the Free World (LFW) organization and their journey to Ghana to connect with their roots. We will also discuss the impact of the blatant police brutality in America on the lives of our young Black men living abroad.
Ruby Maddox, Founding Director and Lavar Thomas, LFW Co-Facilitator and Coach will join the fellows. There are only 35 slots available so RSVP NOW. The event will also be LIVE streamed on Facebook and across Twitter and Instagram via the hashtags: #GhanaAs3m2016 #BlackLivesMatter #GhanaIsWatching #AllBlackLivesMatter
Meet the fellows:
Shemar Wheeler (18)
"I feel like this experience will teach me to embrace & find comfort within myself & my voice. I would like to grow as a person and as an artist & gain confidence in my right to have a voice as a person."
Shemar is currently studying acting at California Institute of the Arts.
Karl J. Golden Jr. (20)
"I wanted to be a Leader of the Free World Fellow, to enrich my cultural perspective and help others find their full potential while continuing to search for my inner purpose."
Karl currently attends Manchester Community College, majoring in Marketing and Business Administration. Karl is interested in becoming a social entrepreneur.
Henry Alston Jr. (23)
"For us, this trip is more than a trip. It’s an opportunity that doesn't come around for everyone. I personally wish to go to Africa to find out more about myself and my history. I also see this trip as a huge transition period in my life."
Henry is a Lincoln University of PA Alum and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Nu Chapter) at Lincoln.
Quintin Fowlkes III (24)
"I am a young man on a mission and a firm believer that growth doesn't stop. This trip is an opportunity to explore other cultures and open my eyes to new things."
Quintin is currently a High school Head Basketball Coach at the Springfield Renaissance School, as well as a High school Mentor and Paraprofessional.
‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.’ – Helen Keller
It is time to get involved and do our part to bridge the gap!