Community Action Partnership will celebrate Black History Month and raise funds for its Youth Empowerment Center when it hosts the Third Annual Chocolate Love Affair on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mandalay Banquet Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Youth Empowerment Center, which since 2006 has provided free access to after-school tutoring, life skill workshops, self-esteem development, community service opportunities, case management, and educational and fun field trips to low-income, at-risk youth ages seven to fifteen.
The special guest speaker is educator, lecturer, author and youth advocate Royce Kinniebrew. The mission of his educational consulting firm, The Kinniebrew Group, is to introduce to public and private sector individuals the past and present contributions and achievements of Black people around the world.
The Kinniebrew Group’s educational services include programs on Black history, conflict resolution, gun violence, and training parents to help their children excel in the classroom. The Kinniebrew Group also works with colleges and universities to help their students achieve academic success. Mr. Kinniebrew has lectured around the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, England, China, and Brazil.
“We have been fortunate to serve our youth and families for ten years through the programs offered at the Youth Empowerment Center,” said John T. Donnellan, President & CEO of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. “However, sustaining and growing our programs is critical today as resources dwindle and needs continue to rise. Studies have shown that children who participate in after-school programming are more likely to further their education and avoid criminal behaviors. We hope to give our children this advantage in life. “
The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction and entertainment. Tickets are $50 each or $420 for a table of ten. Sponsorship packages are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jacqueline Robinson at or (937)341-5000 ext. 177.