You are not alone.
That was the message behind Our Youth, Their Future when it started a decade ago.
Saddened by a teen’s suicide, a group of women from Morristown’s Second Ward wanted to show local kids they care, and that the community can help them face their problems.
When Our Youth, Their Future celebrates its 10th anniversary this Saturday, June 8, 2019, it’s the community’s turn to help one of the nonprofit’s co-founders carry on.
The afternoon of music, food and fun at the Cauldwell Playground will include a tribute to Dorothy “Dimples” Holman, who passed away this spring.
Everything is being organized by Council President Toshiba Foster, Holman’s daughter. They were founding members of Our Youth Their Future.
“I was just out today doing shopping for the event, and it hit me again, that she’s no longer here,” Foster said on Sunday. “That in itself is rough. She would have been with me pushing those heavy carts!”
Foster said she will try to focus on the organization’s accomplishments.
“We have been able to teach our youth the importance of financial literacy,” she said, referring to workshops about fiscal planning.
“And over the past five years, we have been able to provide over 1,000 underprivileged families with Christmas gifts during the holiday season.”
Foster said she is proudest of the group’s board members.
” Without them, we would not be celebrating 10 years,” she said.
Saturday’s itinerary looks like this:
- Noon – Event Begins
- 1:15 – Introduction of Organizations
- 1:30 – Basketball Game
- 2:30 – Speakers
- 2:45 – Tribute to Dorothy “Dimples” Holman
- 4:00 – Performances
- 6:00 – Event Ends
A basketball tournament will feature Remy Pharr’s NJ Royals. Inspirational speakers, live music, face painting, a Moon Bounce, and more are planned.
The playground is at the intersection of Martin Luther King Avenue and Flagler Street. The rain date is Saturday, June 15.