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You are invited to “Change the Game: Overcoming Obstacles, Achieving Success”
A Community Dinner with Keynote by Dr. Sujan “Supreme Understanding” Dass, Community Speakers, Performances & Youth Resources.

2 NIGHTS!!
Friday, January 9, 2009, 6:00-9:00pm, Garfield Teen Life Center
Saturday, January 10, 2009, 6:00-9:00pm, Van Asselt Community Center

PLEASE RSVP to Maria Kang [email protected] or call/text 206.817.2522 with the size of your group if you plan to attend.

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For Immediate Release:

“LOCAL TEENS CHOOSE LIFE DESPITE VIOLENCE”

HIP HOP THINKS INTERACTIVE LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS
DR. SUJAN “SUPREME UNDERSTANDING” DASS,
AUTHOR OF HUSTLE & WIN: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE GHETTO

“Change the Game: Overcoming Obstacles, Achieving Success”
A Community Dinner with Keynote by Dr. Sujan “Supreme Understanding” Dass, Community Speakers, Performances & Youth Resources

2 NIGHTS!!
Friday, January 9, 2009, 6:00-9:00pm, Garfield Teen Life Center
Saturday, January 10, 2009, 6:00-9:00pm, Van Asselt Community Center

DR. SUJAN “SUPREME UNDERSTANDING” DASS TO SPEAK ON EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS YOUTH VIOLENCE

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON- January 5, 2009

The United For Youth Coalition, UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center and Seattle Hip-Hop Youth Council welcome author Dr. Sujan “Supreme Understanding” Dass to Seattle for two events in the Hip-Hop Thinks Lecture Series. “Change The Game: Overcoming Obstacles, Achieving Success,” will be held at the Garfield Teen Life Center on Friday, January 9th and at Van Asselt Community Center on Saturday, January 10th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm both nights.

Both events are free to the public and will include a keynote presentation from Dr. Dass, community speakers, performances, youth resources and dinner.

About Dr. Sujan “Supreme Understanding” Dass
From juvenile delinquent to Phd at age 26, Supreme Understanding is a community activist and expert on the struggles faced by many urban youth. He has traveled to hundreds of cities in the U.S. and internationally, organizing, researching and conducting workshops, lectures and motivational speeches. His knowledge of America’s ghettoes has made him a staunch critic of the many failed measures to reach our urban youth. In How To Hustle & Win: A Survival Guide for the Ghetto, the author infuses lessons into commentaries and tales that appeal to the urban mind, laying out effective strategies for intervention and prevention, guidelines anyone can use to survive and thrive in an environment that normally rewards no one.

About the Hip-Hop Thinks Interactive Lecture Series
This series uses hip-hop as a platform for youth to address the critical issues they face today while exposing them to positive career opportunities in media, entertainment, communication and business. The series features authors, filmmakers and entrepreneurs as guest presenters, performances by local artists, tables sharing resources for youth, and community dinners.

About United For Youth Coalition & UmojaFest Peace Center
The coalition is a growing network of community-based organizations, businesses and individuals committed to creating safer communities by recognizing and engaging youth as assets rather than liabilities. Currently the coalition members are focused on developing the UmojaFest PEACE Center (www.umojafestpeacecenter.ning.com) at 24th & E. Spring in Central Seattle. The center will feature audio recording and video production studios, a Youth Violence Memorial & Organic Garden, office space for community organizations and an outdoor stage.

The January 9-10 events are presented in cooperation with the Seattle Public Schools African American Action Team and the Seattle Parks Department, with support from the Mothers Outreach Movement, Multi-Media Center, Coalition of Youth & Family Advocates (Tacoma), the Association of Africentric Development, Remix Marketing & Communication, Seaspot Media Group, TheSilentWar.org, Third Level Events, NIA Center, Way of Life Entertainment, Vibrant Entertainment, Penny Pinching Records, Braidz 4 Dayz, Seattle Young Peoples Project, Block Teamsters Union, Black Urban Professionals, Prodigal Suns & Daughters of America, 4hiphop.net, Block Teamsters Union, Braidz 4 Dayz and Mint Factory Clothing.

Friday, January 9, 2009, 6:00-9:00pm
Garfield Teen Life Center
428 23rd Ave, 98144
(206) 684-4550

Saturday, January 10, 2009, 6:00-9:00pm
Van Asselt Community Center
2820 S Myrtle St., 98108
(206) 386-1921
directions

For more information concerning this event, please contact Sara-Anne Gates (206.303.0377) or email [email protected]

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