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20th Annual Dream Out Loud Conference

May 21, 8:30 am2 pm.


On Saturday, May 21st, at 8:30 A.M., the doors of The D’angelo Center will open to 200 high school youth from
around New York City as trained high school leaders will enable their peers in attendance to express themselves and learn about making healthy choices. Each student will have the opportunity to attend workshops involving subjects ranging from mental health in a post-covid world, suicide prevention, building self-esteem, cultural awareness, activating your dreams, and much more. All of the workshops will encourage students to dig deeper into issues that matter to teens today.

The conference begins with motivational speaker Sandy Sanchez, who appeared on the Dr. Oz Show and will
culminate in awarding The Barbara Harmon Unsung Hero Award and a multicultural lunch. The Unsung Hero Award is intended to bring light to an individual’s selfless contribution. On September 11th, 2001, as the second plane flew into the World Trade Center, Barbara, with poise and character, sprung from her Wall Street office and into action. After spending six months helping others at the site of this tragedy every single night after work, she developed an illness that contributed to her tireless efforts. This illness resulted in her untimely departure, just 14 months after 9/11.

This year’s Unsung Hero Award goes to Alex Garfield, a successful entrepreneur in the world of fashion and has
devoted his life to those less fortunate than him. A long time Board Member of Dress for Success, lead sponsor of the teen-focused non-profit Windows of Opportunity, and an avid supporter of the youth empowerment company Council for Unity, and founder of Cure by Design, which operates as part of The American Cancer Society, is only the beginning of a long list of lives that Mr. Garfield has impacted. “There is nobody I have ever met like Alex,” states TELA’s CEO, Hal Eisenberg. “Alex lights up a room with his infectious love and truly embodies what it means to go above and beyond for humanity on a daily basis. He is truly one of a kind and pure love. I have never seen anyone walk away from Alex without a smile on their face.”

The Dream Out Loud Conference is being held at St. John’s University * The D’angelo Center * 8000 Utopia
Parkway * Queens, New York 11439 * May 21, 2022 * Doors Open 8:30 A.M * Opening Ceremonies 9:15 A.M. *
The event is FREE.

For more information: Hal S. Eisenberg, LMSW – 718.916.6037 – eisenbergleadership@gmail.com


St. John’s University 8000 Utopia Pkwy.
Jamaica, NY 11439 United States

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