Public Allies New York alum: ‘I was born to serve, love, and lead’

Originally posted on PUBLIC ALLIES:
When Karl Valere was growing up on Long Island, he remembers hearing a lot of anti-Haitian sentiment expressed on TV and across the world. His parents, who were born and raised in Haiti, would say to him: “We’re not what they say we are. We’re more than that. We have dignity. We respect ourselves and…

We Started Here: Paul

School is wonderful. Higher education is even better. Everyone can and ought to have a chance at a decent school where they can work hard, earn good grades and soar beyond his or her potential. Elmont Memorial High School is indeed such a place. Home to some of the best and brightest, Elmont upholds aContinue reading “We Started Here: Paul”

2 New York Police Officers Die in Ambush Shooting

Heartbreaking to hear news of two brave NYPD officers killed in a vicious and wanton attack in Brooklyn. We offer peace and condolences to the families, fellow officers and to the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. We collectively mourn loss of dear life. #HigherHeights

We Started Here: Njum

When she reflected on the transition from being at home with her family to independence Njum revealed, “It gets lonely at times, I miss my family, but it was time.” Her story like many others finds the one-time Brooklyn native whose family settled into Elmont when she was a teenager, now moving on and beginningContinue reading “We Started Here: Njum”

Buff Patty

Elmont is easily one of the more culturally diverse communities out here on Long Island. About one hundred and two countries who speak almost seventy-two languages and dialects are represented here. You might even say Elmont is a melting pot of delicious cow foot soup with many different spices that warms the soul! The ExcelsiorContinue reading “Buff Patty”