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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 29, 2010

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
(617) 961-6682


SHERIFF CABRAL GIVES ADDRESS AT INAUGURAL CITY YEAR LEGAL COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

(L-R) City Year members Amber Haskett from the Condon School, Daycha Turner City Year Project Leader and Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral.


Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral recently addressed a group of legal professionals about the importance of supporting civic engagement during the first–annual City Year Legal Community Leadership Breakfast.

Serving as the Keynote Speaker for the event, Sheriff Cabral joined a group of 275–plus attendees that included private practice lawyers, in–house counsel and other members of the legal community to help kick off City Year’s new Legal Community Initiative.

Created with the purpose of connecting the legal community to City Year’s full–time work in schools, the Legal Community Initiative (LCI) “will support In School & On Track, a national challenge designed to help City Year reach the students who are at risk of dropping out of school in the 20 U.S. locations where City Year’s diverse young leaders serve full–time as tutors, mentors and role models.”

Long a powerful advocate of City Year, Sheriff Cabral met the opportunity to speak on behalf of the organization and its programs with great enthusiasm.

“I agreed to be the keynote speaker because I support everything City Year does,” said Sheriff Cabral. “It’s the most effective civic engagement/mentoring program in the country. Their work in schools across the country significantly decreases truancy and dropping out. City Year Corps members keep kids in school, build their self–esteem and give them someone to look up to. Given where we are in this country on education, it doesn’t get any more important than that.”

Echoing Sheriff Cabral’s sentiments was William Benjamin, Partner at the Wilmer–Hale law firm and outside legal council to City Year.

“This is the first time City Year has tried to increase awareness of City Year in the legal community,” Benjamin said. “We’re trying to put on a program that will appeal to lawyers and educate them about the important work City Year is doing. With City Year’s help, we can keep kids in school through graduation and have fewer running into legal problems requiring the attention of the Sheriff’s Department.”

Following the conclusion of the inaugural event Chuck Gordon, Chief Development Officer of City Year, thanked Sheriff Cabral for not only helping to begin the new initiative on a positive note, but for her enduring support of the organization as a whole.

“Sheriff Cabral has been a long time supporter and a great fan of City Year,” said Gordon. “She realizes that the work City Year does in schools helps keep children on track in order to graduate, particularly during after–school hours when children are most at risk for deviant behavior.”

“City Year is delighted to partner with Sheriff Cabral as we focus on the common mission for all children to succeed and become productive citizens,” continued Gordon. “I am grateful that Sheriff Cabral gave her support to City Year as a guest speaker during our inaugural Legal Community Leadership Breakfast.”


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