metroPCS Celebrates Staten Island Bay Street Grand Opening with the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project, Power 105.1,and  the Source Magazine To Improve Public Safety And Empower Local Youth



Through this two day event a unique Private/Public partnership between the HHSYC and metroPCS has been formed that will focus on finding solutions and resources to end to gun and gang violence

New York, N.Y., July 1, 2014—As we continue to support Gun Violence Awareness Month the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council’s Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project, metroPCS, Power 105.1, the Source Magazine, and “The Shark” Daymond John hosted a two-day BBQ & Grand Opening Celebration, with support from the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour, created to help find Solutions to End Gun & Gang Violence.

Hundreds of residents came out in support of the celebration as the community came together to discuss ideas on how to improve public safety on Staten Island and empower the youth with the skills and opportunities they need to succeed.  This was a day when youth, parents, entertainers, business and community groups came together to make a pledge to take back their community “One Block At A Time.”

Summer is a period when gun violence spikes and with school officially over it is important that we take a proactive approach to protect our children and keep our neighborhoods safe.  What better way to accomplish this task than to partner with a socially responsible company like metroPCS who really cares.

Once again DJ Bam Bam rocked the house and kept the barbecue moving.  There was plenty of food, drinks, and prize give-a-ways with over 100 participants signing the “Petition for Power” to end gun and gang violence.  A host of vendors were promoting some of the hottest cell phones in the country, but it was the Samsung Galaxy with its underwater protection features that blew everyone else out of the ocean.

The crowd counted down as the ribbon was cut marking the official opening of the Bay Street store and the creation of a unique private/public partnership to end gun and gang violence with the community.

“This rare partnership between the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council and metroPCS shows exactly how the private sector can help improve public safety.  This is an important first step towards using the power of the private sector to empower local communities with the tools to end gun and gang violence.  We applaud Albert Benjamin and Avi Shay of metroPCS for being socially responsible and using their resources to help us in our work to “Save Souls” while also putting an end to gun and gang violence.  You can bet we will be using their beautiful space to have many more events to empower our youth and keep our communities safe,” stated Charles Fisher, Founder, HHSYC.

Stated Avi Shay of metroPCS “I want to thank the HHSYC, Power 105.1, DJ Bam Bam, and the Source Magazine for supporting our grand opening BBQ and making the two-day production a huge success.  We have a lot of work to do, but we are up for the challenge and it all starts with our commitment to provide jobs, offer quality phones, and use our resources to stop all this crime and violence.  Our store is in a beautiful neighborhood and it is our intent to play a major role towards improving the quality of life in this community.”

“You can bet that metroPCS is committed to being a leader and working with the HHSYC, Power 105.1, the Source Magazine, “The Shark” Daymond John, elected officials and community leaders to keep our communities safe from the criminals.  Whatever needs to be done you can count on our stores to play a strategic role towards keeping the neighborhood free from crime and violence,” ended Albert Benjamin of metroPCS.

“This was a great two-day experience as we celebrate the end of Gun Violence Awareness Month with metroPCS, Power 105.1, the Source Magazine and “The Shark” Daymond John.  Each have showed us a lot of love and support for our work to end gun and gang violence, which is not an easy task.  I want to thank Albert and Avi for their commitment to help us with our mission.  I also want to thank DJ Bam Bam for keeping the music flowing and being a positive role model for our youth and young adults.  As the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour continues to roll though the state of New York we will be reaching out to community and business leaders for their support as we teach students, youth and young adults how to take a proactive stand to end gun and gang violence,” ended Randy Fisher, executive director, HHSYC.

“Whatever me and my crew need to do to empower the youth and improve public safety we will be in the mix to make it happen.  We have a long hot summer ahead of us and it is my intent to take the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour to the next level and I know with the support of Power 105.1, the Source Magazine and metroPCS we will save a lot of lives this summer,” ended DJ Bam Bam, the official DJ for the 7 E’s 4 Power Tour.

For metroPCS Bay Street Store info call: 718-816-1616

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Members of the Destined 4 Chanj group along with their founder, Arquasia Boyd, stand with Randy and Charles Fisher in front of the banner. Also pictured is Lowell Ulmer of Yahweh Magazine.

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L to R: Vanessa Edwards-El, event coordinator; Charles Fisher, Founder, HHSYC; Avi Shay, owner metroPCS Bay Street; Edwin Gonzalez; Sergey Chaykin, Regional Manager, Rave PCS; Antonio Brown, Field Sales Manager, Samsung; DJ Bam Bam, Randy Fisher, Executive Director, HHSYC.

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L to R: DJ Bam Bam; Avi Shay, owner metroPCS Bay Street; Charles Fisher, Founder, HHSYC hold up the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project banner.

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L to R: Jeremy Colon, Territory Manager, Rave PCS; Lowell Ulmer, Yahweh Magazine; Sergey Chaykin, Regional Manager, Rave PCS; Charles Fisher, Founder, HHSYC; Avi Shay, owner metroPCS Bay Street; Randy Fisher, Executive Director, HHSYC; Vanessa Edwards-El, event coordinator; DJ Bam Bam; Edwin Gonzalez. VP of Sales, Rave PCS.

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Young ladies from the Destined 4 Chanj group sign the “Petition for Power” to end gun and gang violence.

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Charles Fisher, Avi Shay, Vanessa Edwards-El and Randy Fisher take a picture with some of the winners of the cell phones and watches that metroPCS gave away with some of sales reps from the Bay Street store.

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DJ Bam Bam representing inside the store.

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Charles and Randy Fisher take a picture with Avi Shay and some participants that won some of the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council’s hot hip-hop books.


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Posted by Charles and Randy Fisher (Twitter @HHSYC).