- Feb. 21, 2014
-- The Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. (CDC of Tampa) is hosting its inaugural Suit Up & Show Up event on February 24 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. Suit Up & Show Up is designed to provide minority male youth, 16-24 year-s of age, with an opportunity to engage with minority male professionals who are eager to empower them with knowledge, tenacity and self-assurance.
Two well-respected African American men who have a vested interest in the community’s young people are volunteering to be in this event. News Channel 8 anchor, Rod Carter, will serve as the emcee and Tampa Bay Times columnist and East Hillsborough Bureau Chief, Ernest Hooper, will be the keynote speaker. Both men have an active role in encouraging young men in personal and professional development and are eager to participate in this initial event.
“I’m so thrilled the CDC is hosting this event,” said Julie Rocco, Special Projects Manager at the CDC of Tampa. “I know it will be an impactful, positive experience and a chance for these young men to gain opportunities about making good choices and building confidence in their abilities to achieve success in their future.”
Youth will participate in breakout sessions on goal setting, personal responsibility, and suiting up for the roles in your life. They will also be given the opportunity to select a suit to take home.
For more information on the CDC of Tampa visit http://www.cdcoftampa.org/
. Additional information on Suit Up & Show Up or sponsoring a youth can be found at http://www.cdcoftampa.org/suit-up-and-show-up/
or by contacting Julie Rocco at Julie.Rocco@
cdcoftampa.org or 727.254.7131.
About CDC of Tampa
The Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. (CDC of Tampa, Inc.), formerly Lee Davis Neighborhood Development Corporation, was incorporated in 1992 for the purpose of alleviating, poverty and physical deterioration in Hillsborough County’s East Tampa community. Founder and former CEO, Chloe Coney, then Manager of Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center and Audrey Spotford, Chairperson of Lee Davis Advisory Board, with a group of concerned citizens formed the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc., a non-profit 501(c) 3 community development corporation that has spent more than a decade providing community and economic development services to East Tampa residents.