Future Faces of Wall Reps Ring Closing Bell

Representatives from several Delaware Valley youth leadership organizations comprising “Future Faces of Wall Street”  visited the New York Stock Exchange on Thurs., June 2 as part of a daylong summit and career enhancement program.

“Future Faces of Wall Street,” is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapters of Jack and Jill of America and the Bucks County Chapter of the Links Incorporated. The program’s goal is to provide in-depth and practical knowledge to college bound African-American teens as they explore career opportunities.

As part of the days agenda the students will meet with professionals from various financial institutions, participate in workshops about economic empowerment and career opportunities within the industry.

“Future Faces of Wall Street” was conceived by the Bucks County Links Youth Council, a program in which students learn core leadership principles through “hands-on” participation.  Youth Council members will serve as speakers at the program.  C. Annette Kelton, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Goldman, Sachs & Co. spearheaded this year’s summit along with the Youth Council by creating the programming and agenda for the day.  Deborah Camp-Frye, president of the Bucks County Links; Stinnette and Joye McDonald-Hamer, co-chairs of the 2011 Delaware Valley Rites of Passage and the presidents of the Delaware Valley Jack and Jill chapters coordinated the summit logistics.

Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, one of the oldest non-profit African-American organizations, was founded in 1938 to enhance educational, cultural, civic and recreational activities for youth ages 2-to-18. The Links, Incorporated, founded in 1946, is a national volunteer, philanthropic, service organization of 12,000 dedicated African-American women who have linked in friendship to enhance the quality of life in their communities.  The Delaware Valley Rites of Passage Program is based on the coming-of-age African tradition where young men and women go through “steps” that help prepare them for adulthood.