Exciting Partnership to Benefit Yonkers Youth
YONKERS - Yonkers Public Schools, Yonkers My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and New York Giants rookie Darnay Holmes have announced an exciting partnership to support student social and emotional well-being and academic achievement. Through his new youth development initiative, Chosen One, Mr. Holmes will mentor individual students and meet with groups of MBK students and advisors for empowerment sessions beginning with a virtual meeting on June 16. Shaniece Flynn, who founded Chosen One with Mr. Holmes, will mentor Yonkers’ girls and young women individually and in groups as well.
“We are energized by this new partnership which shows true dedication from Mr. Holmes and Ms. Flynn. It reinforces our message to Yonkers students that they are our top priority,” said Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools and Co-Chair of Yonkers MBK with Rev. Dr. Jim Bostic, Executive Director of the Nepperhan Community Center. “This is another example of how our district continues to build creative partnerships to benefit our magnificent young people.”
“We are very excited that through Chosen One, Darnay will be pouring his wealth of knowledge and experience into the lives of our young men,” said Rev. Dr. Bostic. “We believe his connection to our young people will help to motivate and strengthen them and enhance the work we are doing in the Yonkers MBK movement.”
Mr. Holmes, 21, was drafted by the New York Giants in April from his home in Calabasas, California. With his brother and Chosen One co-founder, Darick Holmes, Jr., he soon began looking for a “first friend” on the East Coast to establish his mentoring work. "We were inspired to partner with Yonkers MBK when we saw the good work they were doing,” said Mr. Holmes who will move to the East Coast with Ms. Flynn in July. “Through this collaboration, I seek to empower and uplift young men in order for them to reach their full potential.”
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said he enthusiastically welcomes this promising collaboration. “Strong mentoring relationships improve the lives of young people by almost every measure. We are thrilled Darnay Holmes and Chosen One have selected Yonkers for building their first mentorship efforts in New York.”
Empowerment Session with Darnay Holmes: Receive, Apply, Transform – Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 6:00 PM on Zoom. All Yonkers MBK students are invited to this virtual youth mentorship meeting.
Empowerment Session with Shaniece Flynn: You are Enough – Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6:00 PM on Zoom. Girls in seventh and eighth grade are invited to participate in this virtual mentorship meeting.
ABOUT YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS: The fourth largest district in New York, Yonkers is a vibrant learning community with a diverse population of 27,000 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 across 39 schools. Yonkers’ 86% on-time graduation rate is higher than the other “Big Five” districts in the state and above the state average. yonkerspublicschools.org
ABOUT YONKERS MY BROTHER’S KEEPER (MBK): Since joining the MBK movement in 2016, Yonkers has produced dozens of dynamic programs to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for boys and young men of color. Yonkers MBK has been recognized as a state and national leader by former President Barack Obama, the New York State Education Department and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. In 2018, Yonkers MBK’s lead community organization won 1 of 10 MBK Community Impact Awards from the Obama Foundation. For more information, visit yonkerspublicschools.org/MBK and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @YonkersMBK.
ABOUT CHOSEN ONE: The mission of this new mentorship organization is to empower and uplift young men and women so they may reach their full potential. Founded by Darnay Holmes and Shaniece Flynn with co-founder Darick Holmes, Jr., Chosen One seeks to support young people so they will be able to manifest their hearts’ desires. New York Giants rookie cornerback Darnay Holmes graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in African American studies in 2019, completing his studies in less than three years. Playing in the National Football League (NFL) and mentoring young people are manifestations of his childhood dreams. On Instagram, @prowaydarnayholmes and @chosen1.