Astronaut Benjamin “Alvin” Drew, Jr. is headlining the 1st Annual “Bridge The Generation Gap” event on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Riverfront Park, in Tampa, FL. The program is sponsored by Show Another Way, Inc. & Children With A Vision.
This event is dedicated to passing down good old fashion fundamental values.
The conference mission is to promote positive solutions to help youth overcome and eliminate problems youth experience. Problems such as: youth violence; lack of respect for self and others; morals; values; unemployment; AIDS awareness; accountability; bullying; and lack of vision. These children are our future, which is why we believe that we need to model, guide and teach them how to choose their path wisely.
In addition to keynote speaker NASA Astronaut Benjamin Alvin Drew, Colonel, US Air Force, ret., other speakers include: Colonel EJ Otero, USAF ret., Chief Jane Castor, Pastor Antonio Hawkins, Pastor Robert Regester, Reverend Henry Price, State Representative Betty Reed, Jettie B. Wilds, National Football League player Garnell Wilds and a host of friends.
Entertainment will be provided by two National recording artists, Lil Brus, a 9 year old, who is a positive rapper, and Young A J Crawford. Also entertaining are: G-4S Juvenile Justice “Drum Team” and the Revealing Truth “Praise Team”. A multitude of activities for the youth will be taking place throughout the day.
Astronaut Drew’s NASA career includes spaceflights aboard STS-118 and STS-123, and space walks. Colonel Drew’s Air Force career included stints as a rescue pilot and a combat pilot. Additional information about Colonel Drew may be found here.
Astronaut Drew will be introduced on stage by his former colleague and friend, Colonel EJ Otero, at about 3 p.m. Astronaut Drew will be available to the press, in the press tent next to the main stage, from 2:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. Other speakers will be available in the press tent intermittently from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
The first 300 youth at the event will receive autographed pictures of Astronaut Melvin Drew.
Riverfront Park is located at: 1215 North Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33607. This is a no alcohol and no drugs event. Tampa Police Officers will be on site from Noon till 6:00 p.m.