Resolution J3331-2013

Commending Dorothy Stoneman upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York

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  • Feb 4, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Feb 4, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 29, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commending Dorothy Stoneman upon the occasion of
being honored in conjunction with Women's  History  Month  2014  in  the
State of New York

WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
tribute to those women of achievement within the Empire State  who  have
made  strong  contributions  to their communities and who inspire others
through their model citizenship; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
Dorothy Stoneman upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction  with
Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Women  of every race, class, and ethnic background have made
invaluable contributions to the growth and strength of New York State in
countless recorded and unrecorded ways; and
  WHEREAS, Each year, the State of New York officially sets  aside  time
to  recognize the achievements and lives of such exemplary women, repre-
sentatives of the wide-ranging and vital roles women have played in  the
historic development of this great Empire State and its communities; the
theme  of  this year's commemoration is "Celebrating Women of Character,
Courage, and Commitment"; and
  WHEREAS, Education and community development advocate Dorothy Stoneman
has been dedicated to the cause of social justice for 50 years; through-
out her long and illustrious career, she has consistently epitomized the
values of character, courage, and commitment in her  unwavering  service
to her peers, colleagues, and fellow citizens; and
  WHEREAS,  Dorothy  Stoneman is Founder and CEO of YouthBuild USA Inc.,
the national support center for more than 273 YouthBuild programs in the
United States, and the sponsor of YouthBuild  International,  which  has
generated 102 YouthBuild programs in 14 other countries, including Mexi-
co, South Africa, Haiti and Israel; and
  WHEREAS,  YouthBuild  USA is a innovative non-profit organization that
provides education, counseling and job skills to unemployed young adults
between ages 16 and 24; the youth work on attaining high school diplomas
or equivalency diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable
housing or other tangible assets in their communities; hence, the organ-
ization emphasizes leadership development, community service,  neighbor-
hood  uplift,  and  the  creation  of a positive community of adults and
youth committed to each other's success; and
  WHEREAS, Dorothy Stoneman's abiding commitment to  building  a  better
society  began  at an early age; she joined the civil rights movement in
1964, and worked on initiatives to improve the quality of life  in  East
Harlem  for  decades; it was there that she established the first Youth-
Build program in 1978, working with local teenagers; and
  WHEREAS,  Dorothy  Stoneman  has  received  numerous  honors  for  her
outstanding  efforts;  she is a recipient of the Harvard Call to Service
Award, the Skoll Award for Social  Entrepreneurship,  the  John  Gardner
Leadership Award, and a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of her service to her community,
the  State  of  New  York,  and  the  nation, Dorothy Stoneman has stood
constant in dignity, good grace and humor; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity  to
express  its  highest  admiration  for  Dorothy Stoneman and to wish her
continued success in all of her future endeavors; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals  of  such  noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-

tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Dorothy Stoneman upon the occasion of being honored in  conjunc-
tion  with  Women's  History  Month  in the State of New York; and be it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dorothy Stoneman.

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