Uber NYC + HEROES Model



Uber NYC is an official HEROES Model partner! Uber NYC  is partnering with The HEROES Model Conference and will provide a promo code, valid for a FREE ride up to $25 anywhere in the US through 2014. All conference attendees will be qualified to receive and use this code.

General Info



The 2014 HEROES Model National Conference is hosted by The HEROES Model Institute and Re:LIFE Incorporated. The conference will feature a variety of breakout and inclusive sessions focused on those issues most current and relevant to the development of children and youth – HEROES.  HEROES is an acronym representing Heritage, Education, Relationships, Opportunities, Entrepreneurship and Service. These crucial areas form the framework of The HEROES Model for positive youth development. The HEROES Model conference will present innovative methods and a holistic approach to engaging and empowering children and youth in order to positively impact development.

Speakers and sessions are selected based upon their focus on innovative solutions to youth engagement, coupled with the current climate relative to children and youth development policies.  Speakers will challenge and empower participants by discussing and showcasing products, services and best practices of the youth service provision community.

This 3-day conference will be held at The Grove School of Engineering of The City College of New York from April 14th to April 16th. Participants can choose to attend on a day-to-day basis. However, all participants who attend all three days will receive a 40% voucher towards HEROES Certification.





Direct Youth Service Providers – individuals/staff who work directly with youth at the National, State, City and Community levels to provide resources that assist youth in their development, either through administrative supervision, education, training, job recruitment or placement, counseling and more. These include case managers/workers, teachers, job coaches/developers, trainers, counselors, transition coordinators, youth development leaders/workers, independent living specialists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, parole officers, administrators etc.

Indirect Youth Service Providers: Those who are not formally classified either by training or otherwise, to provide professional assistance to youth but do in some manner. These could be relatives, parents, religious representatives, caretakers etc.





To impact child and youth development by equipping those who shape the lives and experiences of children and youth through the HEROES Model. Responsible children and youth create stronger economic communities!


1.     Create innovative ways to introduce new grounds for successfully aiding youth development
2.     Develop new programs based on the HEROES Model
3.     Incorporate the HEROES Model into existing youth programs to improve quality of service
4.     Build communities that are stronger socially, economically and otherwise


1.     Help providers understand youth development levels within program and improve quality of service rendered to children and youth.
2.     Creates a benchmark for better evaluation of youth service programs and introduces innovative and efficient ways to improve program design and delivery
3.     Provide training to youth service providers on how to build positive communication channels with youth, which helps make service provision more effective
4.     Presents creative ways to build effective partnerships between service providers, organizations and community.


Conference Details



The conference will feature a variety of speakers who will present on diverse topics, studies, ideas, services, products and best practices that showcase innovative ways to identify problems and provide solutions. The audience will then be guided on implementation techniques into services rendered or programs offered to our children and youth. Each section is expected to be very interactive and engaging and will challenge participants to think outside the box in adopting the HEROES Model.

The Best Practices  session will allow participants to ask open questions, share experiences, tools and techniques that employ the HEROES model for others to learn from, sharpen and/or adopt.

Day 1 (Monday, April 14th, 2014)
9:00 – 9:30am – Registration
9:30- 10:00am – Intro session – HEROES Overview and Youth Disconnection: Chike Ukaegbu
10:00  - 12:00pm – Session One – Heritage: Augustine Akalonu, Jackie Weatherspoon,  Kenneth Braswell, Kevin Russ
12:00 – 1:00pm – BREAK
1:00 – 2:45pm – Session Two – Education: Richard Achee, Honora Kenney + Charles Baumgartner, Quinton Lampkin
2:45 – 4:15pm – Session Three – Relationships: Angelo Pinto, Devon Wade
4:30 – 5:30 – Discussion – Social Responsibility

Day 2 Tuesday April 15th, 2014
9:00 – 9:30am – Registration
9:30 – 10:30am – Open session I – Hon Adam Clayton Powell IV
10:30  - 12:00 – Session One – Opportunities: Charles Garland,  Shelley Worrell, Yvette Jackson
12:00 – 1:00pm – BREAK
1:00 – 2:30pm – Session Two – Entrepreneurship: Alvin Perry, Chike Ukaegbu
2:45 – 4:15pm – Session Three – Service: Bill BrazellKraal Kayo Charles, Trevor Jaha
4:30 – 5:30 – Discussion – YOUTH Speak

Day 3 Wednesday April 16th, 2014
9:00 – 9:30am – Registration
9:30 – 11:00am – Open session II – Steven Lee-Kong, MD, Bryan Mattimore
11:00  - 12:00 – Best Practices – (Game Building Activity by Charlie GarlandMatthew Mandelbaum, PhD, MSEd, MA
12:00 – 1:00pm – BREAK
1:00 – 2:45pm – Best Practices II – Program Building, Presentations & Feedback
2:45 – 4:15pm – Best Practices III  - Program voids and HEROES application (Activity Involved) Sonja Okun
4:30 – 5:30 – Discussion – Feedback





For participants who wish to stay in the Harlem Area, here are a list of options to make the Conference accessible and your stay in Harlem enjoyable.

Aloft Hotels: To reserve a room for the HEROES Model Conference, please Click here
Rates are $199 for Loft King Bed or 2 double Bed rooms with single or double occupancy. Discounted Rates expire on March 26th, 2014. All bookings after expiration date will be based on availability.

The City College Shuttle bus runs from the college campus to 124th street and St Nicholas Avenue, one block away from the hotel. Guests at the hotel can take the shuttle, which runs every 10-15 minutes to and from the campus. also the famous Apollo Theater, among other landmarks and sightings, is located 5 minutes away from the Hotel on the famous 125th street.

Other Options: To Find other Bed & Breakfast options close to The City College of New York, Click here






*Click on speaker’s name for bio, topic and synopsis of presentation. Current list is being updated. Please check back for the complete list of speakers, panelists and facilitators*



Adam Clayton Powell IV

Guest Speaker: Topic - The Politics and Poli-tricks of Legislating Youth Development (Open Session I)

Adam Clayton Powell IV (Special Guest Speaker) Adam Clayton Powell IV was born to Civil Rights leader and former congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and his wife Yvette Diago in San Juan, …

Jackie Weatherspoon

Speaker [HERITAGE]: Topic - Youth Empowerment: Heritage, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

Hon Jackie Weatherspoon (Mediator. Leader. Entrepreneur) Hon Weatherspoon served six years in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where she served on the House Leadership Committee and as a House …

Yvette Jackson

Speaker: Education

Yvette Jackson Ed. D (CEO National Urban Alliance for Effective Education) Yvette Jackson is internationally recognized for her work in assessing the learning potential of disenfranchised urban students. She has applied …

Richard Achee

Speaker [EDUCATION] :Topic - Education Innovation: Transforming Global Learning and Education via Technology

Richard Achee (Head - Strategic Partnerships, Google for Education)  Richard Achée’s role at Google is Strategic Partner Manager – Google for Education. The mission of Google for Education is to help …

Kenneth Braswell

Speaker: Heritage

Kenneth Braswell (CEO, Fathers Incorporated) With more than 22 years of community development experience, Braswell is the Executive Director of Fathers incorporated (FI), a not-for-profit organization that serves as a …

Charles Garland

Speaker [EDUCATION]: Topic - Inspiring Innovation Through Explorative Inquiry

Charles Garland (Innovator. Author. Entrepreneur) Charlie Garland is an innovation expert, providing services as a consultant, trainer, executive coach, and author.  He readily applies innovation tools, methods, and insights to …

Steven Lee-Kong

Speaker: Open Session II

 Steven A. Lee-Kong, MD (Surgeon. Educator. Scholar) Dr Steven Lee-Kong is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. He is …

Matthew Mandelbaum

Speaker [BEST PRACTICES]:Topic - Inspire: Building the Foundation to Effective Teaching and Learning

Matthew Mandelbaum PhD, MSEd, MA (Educator. Social Entrepreneur) Through a variety of venues, Dr. Mandelbaum provides strategy, consulting, outreach, marketing, instruction, research and development, and social entrepreneurship services to the psychological and educational …

Shelley Worrell

Speaker: Opportunities

 Shelley Worrell (Entrepreneur. Digital Media Expert) A first generation Caribbean-American,  Shelley Vidia Worrell is a cultural entrepreneur with extensive experience in multiplatform distribution, brand management, strategic partnerships and business development. Born …

Alvin Perry

Speaker [ENTREPRENEURSHIP]: Topic - Unleash The Entrepreneurial Spirit In You!

Alvin S. Perry (Entrepreneur. Author. Educator) Alvin S. Perry, DBA  is a proven leader with over 20 years of experience in the consumer products and consulting industries. His corporate experience …

Bill Brazell

Speaker [SERVICE]: Topic - Volunteering: Engaging Youth through the Selfishness of Selfless Service

Bill Brazell (Author. Media Expert. Volunteer) With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, editor and speaker, I enjoy representing other people’s ideas. I bring a deep …

Angelo Pinto

Speaker: Relationships

Angelo Pinto (Youth Advocate. Activist. Attorney) Angelo Pinto is the Campaign Manager for the Raise the Age Campaign at The Correctional Associations of New York. The Campaign seeks to increase …

Chike Ukaegbu

Conference Host [ENTREPRENEURSHIP]: Topic - STEM, ESTEEM and E-STEAM: Building classrooms and programs that engage

 Chike Ukaegbu – Host (Educator. Youth Enthusiast. Entrepreneur) Chike Ukaegbu  is the author and originator of The HEROES Model and an alumni Fellow of the prestigious Colin Powell Center for Leadership …

Quinton Lampkin

Speaker & Panelist [EDUCATION]:Topic: Closing the Aspiration–Success Gap in Higher Education

 Quinton Lampkin (Manager, Postsecondary & Alumni Engagement, ‘I Have A Dream’ Foundation) Quinton Lampkin has a particular interest in helping to ensure that America once again has the highest proportion …

Bryan Mattimore

Speaker [OPEN SESSION]: Topic - The Power of a Big Idea

Bryan Mattimore (Innovator. Entrepreneur. Problem Solver) Bryan W. Mattimore is cofounder of the Growth Engine Company, www.growth-engine.com, a fourteen-year old innovation agency based in Norwalk, Connecticut Prior to cofounding Growth …

Devon Wade

Speaker [RELATIONSHIPS]: Topic - Critical Relationships for Youth Cognitive Development and Life Trajectory

Devon Wade (Sociologist. Volunteer. Doctoral Fellow) Devon Wade is a doctoral student and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Doctoral Fellow in the department of sociology at Columbia University. Devon’s substantive research areas …

Kevin Russ

Speaker [HERITAGE]: Topic - 7 Key’s for Restoring At-risk Youth and Our Communities

Kevin Russ (Theologian. Entrepreneur. Educator) Kevin Russ is a dynamic, intense, cutting-edge, prophetic and vision-driven ministry professional with 20 years of senior management and executive-level knowledge and expertise in both …

Sonja Okun

Speaker [BEST PRACTICES III]: Topic - Contextualized Teaching as an Engagement tool

Sonja Okun (Founder/Executive Director, exalt) Ms. Okun has over twenty years’ experience working with youth, and extensive experience designing, growing and managing programs for justic-system involved youth. exalt evolved out …

Trevor Jaha

Speaker [SERVICE]: Topic - Youth Service Provision: The Crucial Role of Holistic Health

Trevor Jaha (Entrepreneur. Motivator. Service Provider) Mr Jaha is a Co-Principal of Jaha International and CEO of Man UP Global. With more than four years experience as a corporate sales …

Honora Kenney

Speaker [EDUCATION]: Topic - Innovating K-8 Creativity Through Invention – “Innovation Literacy”

Honora Kenney, – President Emeritus, Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) Honora R. Kenney has worked in numerous leadership positions at the CIC, including Curriculum Director, Teacher Training Director, and President.  Under …

Charles Baumgartner

Speaker [EDUCATION]: Topic - Innovating K-8 Creativity Through Invention – “Innovation Literacy”

Charles Baumgartner, C.P.M. – V.P. External Operations and President Emeritus, CIC. Mr. Baumgartner has provided nearly a quarter century of leadership and vision in the development and growth of the …

Augustine Akalonu

Speaker [HERITAGE]: Topic - Health, Heritage and Development

Augustine Akalonu, MD (Founder, Community Pediatrics, Bronx, NY) Topic – Health, Heritage and Development Synopsis – This talk will explore the importance and impact of heritage on child and youth …

Kraal Kayo Charles

Speaker [SERVICE]: Topic -

Kraal Kayo Charles (Performer. Playwright. Entrepreneur) Kraal “Kayo” Charles, a Brooklyn native, is a performer, playwright, and producer. He has traveled extensively around the globe to be featured on stage, …

Panelists & Facilitators

Chike Ukaegbu

Conference Host [ENTREPRENEURSHIP]: Topic - STEM, ESTEEM and E-STEAM: Building classrooms and programs that engage

 Chike Ukaegbu – Host (Educator. Youth Enthusiast. Entrepreneur) Chike Ukaegbu  is the author and originator of The HEROES Model and an alumni Fellow of the prestigious Colin Powell Center for Leadership …

Quinton Lampkin

Speaker & Panelist [EDUCATION]:Topic: Closing the Aspiration–Success Gap in Higher Education

 Quinton Lampkin (Manager, Postsecondary & Alumni Engagement, ‘I Have A Dream’ Foundation) Quinton Lampkin has a particular interest in helping to ensure that America once again has the highest proportion …

Alfred Blake


Alfred Blake (Asst Director, Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs – Rutgers University) Alfred currently serves as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs at Rutgers University.  Alfred’s role is to assist students …

Kevaughn Isaacs


Kevaughn Isaacs  (Entrepreneur. Artist. Youth Enthusiast) Kevaughn Isaacs is the Co-founder and Vice President of Re:LIFE Incorporated. Re:LIFE is a NYC based Non-Profit Organization with the mission to empower youth …

Sean Peters


Sean Peters (Engineer. Educator. Musician) Sean Peters is an electrical engineering doctoral candidate at Columbia University where his research focuses on privacy in cloud computing.  He completed both his Bachelors …

Tiarra Currie


Tiarra Currie (Psychologist, Institute of Applied Human Dynamics) Tiarra Currie is a 23 year old powerhouse. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, class of 2012, with a Bachelors of …

Voltaire Davis


Voltaire Davis (Sociologist. App Creator. Entrepreneur) With a background in sociology and marketing, Voltaire Davis is a young American social entrepreneur who has developed an app (Re-Up.me) that can measure …

Walter Hildago


Walter Hildago (Author. Theologian. HipHop Enthusiast)  Walter is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry at New York Theological Seminary. He is the Director of Social Justice Ministry for the Altagracia Center …

Kayode Bentley


Kayode Bentley (Entrepreneur. Mentor. Youth Enthusiast) Kayode Bentley – described as a self-starter graduated as a salutatorian from Cardinal Hayes High School and BMCC and has worked in the corporate …

Shafik Bahou


Shafik Bahou (Artist. Entrepreneur. Philantropist) Shafik is a very dynamic individual that refers to himself as The A.P.E. which reminds of us our common primal roots and stands for Artist. …

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