Monday, May 13, 2013

Buffalo’s youth show off at talent show

By Jasmine Peterson and Maria Yankova
BengalNews Reporters
Buffalo New Generations, an organization that promotes positivity for the city’s youth, recently held an event that showcased the talent of young designers and performers on May 4.
The second annual Stop the Violence Fashion Show took place at Holy Cross Church on 345 Seventh St. and benefited a local mentoring program for children and young adults called Youth with a Purpose. Proceeds from the event went towards their after school activities at the church.
            “They don’t have funding,” said Grace Modi, one of the event organizers. “They don’t have anybody that’s keeping them open. So we want everybody to come recognize this place and help the community.”
            Buffalo New Generations started last August by young adults looking to spread awareness about the city’s talented youth.
            “The reason we started it was because as you can see we have many talented people in Buffalo that nobody’s taking the time to recognize,” Modi said.
            The show featured eight young Buffalo designers. Nearly 30 models and a host of dancers, singers and rappers also participated.  
Kayla Bell, who helps run Buffalo New Generations, said there will be another show later this year for young people to participate in.  The organization welcomes youth who want to help build a positive environment in the city.
“I want everybody to know we’re here to help,” Bell said. “We want everybody to be known.”