We are thrilled to announce that Dahmein McFadden, our Chief Program Officer, was selected to join a team of passionate and action-oriented ambassadors for the New York State Network for Youth Success.
As a Power of 3:00 Ambassador, Dahmein will work to raise awareness about the effects of afterschool programs on students and families. Within his advocacy role, he will represent youth by speaking to New York state elected officials and their constituents. Only eight individuals were chosen for the program within New York, and their advocacy efforts will take place both on state and national levels.
Dahmein’s cohort hail from a variety of youth-serving nonprofits which represent a menu of afterschool programs including those that teach about careers, college, healthy eating, and fitness. “The other seven members of this group are just as good as I am and I can pick their brains. They can tell me how they’re doing things and what works,” Dahmein says in working with a group full of diverse expertise.
“I may not be great at a lot of things, but I think I’m great at community development.”
Dahmein’s decision to apply for this opportunity was driven by his passion for working with young people and his many years working in community development.
He plans on using the experience to gain knowledge, information, and the tools to educate young leaders who will in turn educate the next generation of youth. As an ambassador, he will speak to elected officials about providing funding for afterschool programs and will also focus on strategic planning to help programs expand. On his to-do list – help grow Row New York’s community while showing others the amazing work that is done at non-profits like us.
“We aren’t a babysitting service that just gives kids milk and cookies and has them watch Sesame Street. We teach them life skills. We teach them about teamwork, how to live and how to interact with people who don’t look like them so they can grow into positive and amazing people.” – Dahmein on the afterschool programs
This is an exciting time for both Dahmein and Row New York and we look forward to seeing all of the goodness that will result from his ambassador role. Thank you Dahmein for your amazing efforts for New York’s youth and beyond!