Police Officer Richard Freeborn

Police Officer Richard Freeborn

Officer Richard Freeborn

Riverhead Police Department

“The familiarity that has been bred in the classroom amongst the
students, school district and the police department has, in many
instances, now been transferred to the families of Council for Unity
students and their surrounding communities. As a result, our township
is safer, less anonymous and more united than ever before.”

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Chris Hopkins

Chris Hopkins

Chair, Riverhead Adult and Family Partnership

“When I joined the Council’s Adult and Family Partnership, I witnessed
the transformation of an entire town. For as far back as I can remember
we were segregated. Through the AFP all that changed. Blacks, Whites,
Latinos and Asians came together under the Council banner The
Riverhead Police Department joined as well….. I believe the Adult and
Family Partnership is an essential part of the Council for Unity network.
Any community that follows our lead will transform their world. With
unity, as we have witnessed, all things are possible.”

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Vincent De Marco, Sheriff, Suffolk County Correctional Facility

Sheriff Vincent De Marco

Suffolk County Correctional Facility

“I have witnessed a decrease in violence in the facility with group on
group conflict greatly diminished. The Council’s success within the
Suffolk County Correctional Facility if adopted by other correctional
facilities could have a profound impact on the state and possibly the
national penal system.”

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Edward MacKenzie

Edward MacKenzie

94A 2495, Sing-Sing Correctional Facility

“After taking the Council for Unity program, and truly learning that I can
live my life a different way, I know in my heart and soul I will never
come back to prison.”

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Michael Mulgrew

Michael Mulgrew

President, UFT

“Helping children make better decisions and making sure they have lives that allow them to reach the dream of what we all wish for our children – that is what CFU does.”

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Rei Perez

Rei Perez

Alumnus, Community Affairs Officer and Vice President at Citibank

“CFU has had a tremendous and huge impact on my life…..Council taught me how important it is to achieve your dreams by believing in yourself. Council enabled me to develop my self esteem, to love myself and taught me that the most important thing in the world is to help those who are less fortunate than myself, to give back and to contribute to your community.  Because of the Council, this “kid” from a ghetto in Brooklyn – where one youth a week was dying as result of senseless gang violence – was able to go on, and graduate from Cornell University and participate as a public policy fellow at Harvard and Princeton and ultimately achieve a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University. Subsequently, I was able to work in several nonprofits and the Dinkins administration and to work for
Global Corporations.”

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Dominic D’Angelo

Dominic D’Angelo

Principal, PS 228, The David A. Boody Middle School

“Council For Unity has been a tremendous tool in transforming the culture at PS 228, The David A. Boody Middle School, over the past six years. CFU has been embedded into our curriculum and afterschool programs. CFU is a powerful game changer in our efforts to create a Bully-Free Zone. Every school in NYC needs CFU!“

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Robervalt King Pierre

Robervalt King Pierre

CFU Alumnus

“I am 20 years old and currently attend Kings Borough College. I am proud to be an alumnus of the Council For Unity. Before I became a member of CFU, I was an outcast in my school and did not fit into its social hierarchy. By joining CFU, I learned to be myself and share my talents, without fear of judgment. I ended up becoming one of the most popular kids in my chapter, my school, and CFU. Because of CFU, I am able to help my community and others like me adopt a new value system. Now I want change the whole nation! What I learned through CFU has become my life. I love it.”

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Ernest Logan

Ernest Logan

President, Council of Supervisors and Administrators

“Council for Unity was born in a challenging time and has gone a long way to restore hope and build alliances, especially for young people. Here we are in a troubling time again as we watch good people of all races struggling to find common ground and stand together against racial injustice. We understand that we need to reach and teach our school children and let them know they’re going to lead the way. The Council for Unity will make sure this gets done.

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Jill S. Levy

Jill S. Levy

Director, The Page & Otto Marx Jr. Foundation /
Past President, The American Federation of School Administrators

“The Council for Unity is the only program I know that can change the culture of an entire community away from violence and alienation towards social justice and leadership. With comprehensive training of law enforcement, students, educators, religious and community leaders in a common goal and with the support of a unique curriculum and methodology, CFU is the path towards leadership and social justice.”

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