On Tuesday, August 25th, the New York Center for Interpersonal Development hosted Staten Island’s rendering of the CBS TV show, “Amazing Race.” Twenty-seven students from the NYCID’s Young Adult Borough Center participated in order to learn about some of the historical places in Staten Island before starting off the new school year. The students were given clues to find various points around the island, and were greeted by guest speakers at each location.
Along with the YABC students, the United States Marines, The United States Army, and staff members from both NYCID and YABC participated in the event. Participants were led to locations around Staten Island that included Tottenville High School, the Alice Austen House Park, Hero Park, Gaeta Park, and the Staten Island Museum where they got to hear from some elected officials of the borough. Assembly members Joseph Borelli, Nicole Malliotakis, Matthew Titone, and Michael Cusik were all present and spoke to the students, as well as Borough President James Oddo. The executive director of NYCID, Dominick Brancato and YABC program director, Michael DeVito Jr. also gave a talk to the students about having what it takes to move up to the next level.
The “Amazing Race” event hosted by the NYCID was a way to get the students motivated for the new school year and also to let them know that they have the support of a whole community. The participants were taught that teamwork and respect for one another will be the key to making a difference and succeeding in their endeavors. Not only did all the teams win knowledge and experience from this event, but the prizes included Beats headphones, $50 gift cards, and deluxe movie passes.