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Rosemarie ThompsonChapter Leader for Guidance Counselors, United Federation of Teachers

Rosemarie Thompson began her counseling career in 1992 working with college
students in the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). In that
capacity, Rosemarie collaborated with various high schools throughout New
York State and City, and she quickly realized that she could make an impact
on the lives of young people by becoming a School Counselor in the New York
City public school system. In 1998, Rosemarie was appointed as a School
Counselor to District 8 in the Bronx where she worked with Elementary and
Middle School students providing support and guidance throughout their
social, emotional and academic development. Rosemarie has also worked on
the District level of District 85 supporting counselors and giving input to
administrators on each school's comprehensive guidance plan.

Currently, Rosemarie is a school counselor on the high school level in the
Bronx. She is also the Chapter Leader for Guidance Counselors for the
United Federation of Teachers. She has implemented support programs in her
school for her students. As the Chapter Leader she provides information to
her members by hosting membership meetings and workshops. She represents
school counselors city wide on all issues and concerns. Rosemarie is a former Region 10 Governor
for The New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA) and is now the President-Elect for NYSSCA.

Rosemarie ThompsonChapter Leader for Guidance Counselors, United Federation of Teachers

Rosemarie Thompson began her counseling career in 1992 working with college
students in the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). In that
capacity, Rosemarie collaborated with various high schools throughout New
York State and City, and she quickly realized that she could make an impact
on the lives of young people by becoming a School Counselor in the New York
City public school system. In 1998, Rosemarie was appointed as a School
Counselor to District 8 in the Bronx where she worked with Elementary and
Middle School students providing support and guidance throughout their
social, emotional and academic development. Rosemarie has also worked on
the District level of District 85 supporting counselors and giving input to
administrators on each school's comprehensive guidance plan.

Currently, Rosemarie is a school counselor on the high school level in the
Bronx. She is also the Chapter Leader for Guidance Counselors for the
United Federation of Teachers. She has implemented support programs in her
school for her students. As the Chapter Leader she provides information to
her members by hosting membership meetings and workshops. She represents
school counselors city wide on all issues and concerns. Rosemarie is a former Region 10 Governor
for The New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA) and is now the President-Elect for NYSSCA.

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Hosea GivanSchool Counselor & Executive Producer, Give Back

Hosea graduated with a Bachelors of .Arts from Drake University (Des Moines, IA), a Master of Science from Long Island University (Greenvale, NY), a Master of.Professional Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary (Nyack, NY) and an Honorary Doctoral of Humane Letters degree from CICA International University. Hosea is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Business at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, a political consultant and a guidance counselor at Public School 463 in Bronx, New York. In addition, Hosea presently helps provide community leadership as Committee Chair for Cub Scouts Pack 3777, Commissioner of the Alpha Eagles Basketball League, Co-Chair of the Men's Auxiliary Committee for Jack and Jill, Inc. all in the Bronx, New York. He recently became an official with USA Swimming. The league is played in the recently renovated (September 2015) gym at P.S. 463, Givan secured $500,000 from City Councilperson Helen Diane Foster to renovate the gym. Hosea was motivated to do that due to the death of 4-year old, Lloyd Morgan who was gunned down in a playground 3 blocks from the school. He is also presently a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Lambda Chapter (Fairfield County, Connecticut). He previously taught special education and is a NYS certified guidance counselor. Hosea served as the first Co-Commissioner of the Nike Swoosh All Metro Basketball Tournament and was a Spokesperson for Chase Manhattan Bank’s Community Development Corporation. He was also an adjunct professor at the College of New Rochelle. As an AAU basketball coach, his 2007 fourth-grade basketball team was seeded #1 in the nation. Hosea has received numerous awards, among them: Malik Fraternity Community Service Award. The Association of College Unions International Leadership Award, Outstanding Man of America, The Negro College Fund’s Fredrick D. Patterson Award for Political Leadership, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity - Community Service Award (NYS), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity - Epsilon Chapter’s Citizen Of The Year Award (NYC), Zeta Phi Beta’s Educator of the Year (NY), NY Liberty Service Award, NY Knicks for Community Service, MLK Jr. - Living the Dream Award and a Congressional Achievement Award. Hosea has appeared on various television (i.e. CNN's Black Men, Mean Streets; ABC and FOX) and radio programs and he experiences have been widely captured in print media. In 2001, Hosea’s life story was a part of a national exhibit “The Long Walk of Freedom,” honoring Youth Activists in NYC. Urban Influence Magazine listed him (along with Jamie Foxx, Wyclef Jean, Mike Tomlin, Chris Paul, Chris Rock and others) among the 2009 Men of Influence. Hosea recently added to his list of accomplishments a song, he co-wrote with talented balladeer extraordinaire, Xavier Lewis of Atlanta, titled “Give Back.” He is a life-member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and has been a member of the following organizations: Kiwanis, Linden-Brownsville Chapter (Brooklyn, NY), Prince Hall Mason, Wesley Foundation (Board of Director), NAACP, Queens County Martin Luther King Commission, Urban League of Albany (NY), The Black/Korean Mediation Project, York College President Advisory Board, The Queens Black-Jewish People Project and 100 Black Men of Long Island. Hosea has written his first book, "How to Start a Sports League" to be published Spring 2017. Helping to build grassroots organizations, Hosea has impacted thousands of lives through his efforts. However, his primary goal is to impact millions for generations to come through an organization he co-founded in 2009, The National Give Back for Kids Campaign, Inc.! Hosea is happily married to the dynamic Rachel Cheeks-Givan and they have an amazing daughter, Rebekah.

Hosea GivanSchool Counselor & Executive Producer, Give Back

Hosea graduated with a Bachelors of .Arts from Drake University (Des Moines, IA), a Master of Science from Long Island University (Greenvale, NY), a Master of.Professional Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary (Nyack, NY) and an Honorary Doctoral of Humane Letters degree from CICA International University. Hosea is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Business at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, a political consultant and a guidance counselor at Public School 463 in Bronx, New York. In addition, Hosea presently helps provide community leadership as Committee Chair for Cub Scouts Pack 3777, Commissioner of the Alpha Eagles Basketball League, Co-Chair of the Men's Auxiliary Committee for Jack and Jill, Inc. all in the Bronx, New York. He recently became an official with USA Swimming. The league is played in the recently renovated (September 2015) gym at P.S. 463, Givan secured $500,000 from City Councilperson Helen Diane Foster to renovate the gym. Hosea was motivated to do that due to the death of 4-year old, Lloyd Morgan who was gunned down in a playground 3 blocks from the school. He is also presently a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Lambda Chapter (Fairfield County, Connecticut). He previously taught special education and is a NYS certified guidance counselor. Hosea served as the first Co-Commissioner of the Nike Swoosh All Metro Basketball Tournament and was a Spokesperson for Chase Manhattan Bank’s Community Development Corporation. He was also an adjunct professor at the College of New Rochelle. As an AAU basketball coach, his 2007 fourth-grade basketball team was seeded #1 in the nation. Hosea has received numerous awards, among them: Malik Fraternity Community Service Award. The Association of College Unions International Leadership Award, Outstanding Man of America, The Negro College Fund’s Fredrick D. Patterson Award for Political Leadership, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity - Community Service Award (NYS), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity - Epsilon Chapter’s Citizen Of The Year Award (NYC), Zeta Phi Beta’s Educator of the Year (NY), NY Liberty Service Award, NY Knicks for Community Service, MLK Jr. - Living the Dream Award and a Congressional Achievement Award. Hosea has appeared on various television (i.e. CNN's Black Men, Mean Streets; ABC and FOX) and radio programs and he experiences have been widely captured in print media. In 2001, Hosea’s life story was a part of a national exhibit “The Long Walk of Freedom,” honoring Youth Activists in NYC. Urban Influence Magazine listed him (along with Jamie Foxx, Wyclef Jean, Mike Tomlin, Chris Paul, Chris Rock and others) among the 2009 Men of Influence. Hosea recently added to his list of accomplishments a song, he co-wrote with talented balladeer extraordinaire, Xavier Lewis of Atlanta, titled “Give Back.” He is a life-member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and has been a member of the following organizations: Kiwanis, Linden-Brownsville Chapter (Brooklyn, NY), Prince Hall Mason, Wesley Foundation (Board of Director), NAACP, Queens County Martin Luther King Commission, Urban League of Albany (NY), The Black/Korean Mediation Project, York College President Advisory Board, The Queens Black-Jewish People Project and 100 Black Men of Long Island. Hosea has written his first book, "How to Start a Sports League" to be published Spring 2017. Helping to build grassroots organizations, Hosea has impacted thousands of lives through his efforts. However, his primary goal is to impact millions for generations to come through an organization he co-founded in 2009, The National Give Back for Kids Campaign, Inc.! Hosea is happily married to the dynamic Rachel Cheeks-Givan and they have an amazing daughter, Rebekah.

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Gillian SmithExecutive Director, Office of Safety and Youth Development
Gillian SmithExecutive Director, Office of Safety and Youth Development
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Ian LevyAssistant Professor, Graduate Counseling, Leadership & Education

Ian Levy is a New York City native and former high school counselor in the South Bronx. Levy's research examines mental health practices in urban schools, which includes interrogating the role of the school counselor and other school staff to ensure the social and emotional lives of young people are adequately addressed.

Ian LevyAssistant Professor, Graduate Counseling, Leadership & Education

Ian Levy is a New York City native and former high school counselor in the South Bronx. Levy's research examines mental health practices in urban schools, which includes interrogating the role of the school counselor and other school staff to ensure the social and emotional lives of young people are adequately addressed.

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Michael BlakeAssembly Member, Public Advocate Candidate
Michael BlakeAssembly Member, Public Advocate Candidate
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Toni BelafonteActor & Model
Toni BelafonteActor & Model
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Laura JankstromDirector of Civic Engagement Programs, Citizens Committee for Children
Laura JankstromDirector of Civic Engagement Programs, Citizens Committee for Children
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