Real Housewives Of Atlanta star and CEO of The Bailey Agency School Of Fashion, Cynthia Bailey, stunned on stage at the second annual My Dream Speaks Gala last night.
The event benefitted The Global Language Project, a non-profit organization that aims to “empower disadvantaged public-school students to excel in a globalized world by teaching them languages other than English.” The program, which began with only 30 students, has now reached 1,000 students and is continuing to grow.
Charitable socialites from New York City and out of town gathered at the Times Center in Manhattan yesterday for good food and drinks, a beauty bar, musical performances from some adorable children as well as an eclectic African duo, and a silent auction that boasted some slammin’ prizes from the group’s sponsors!
Children from P.S. 368 started off the evening’s entertainment with their version of “Empire State Of Mind.” The adorable, multi-lingual tykes showed off their skills by performing the song in English, Arabic and Spanish. The performance was followed by a brief word from CEO and founder of the Global Language Project, Angela Jackson. Jackson provided insight into why she founded GLP, citing the short-comings of language programs in U.S. public schools, saying that she believed they start much too late in life and do not stress the opportunities that open to people who are fluent in another language.
She also spoke on the importance of starting children in language programs that grow along with them. The program she developed begins with children as young as five-years-old. Perhaps the most important and empowering point Jackson made was that children need to be able to dream and dream big; they need to know that there are opportunities out there bigger than they’ve ever imagined, which is why GLP introduces students to careers they’ve never been exposed to. The musical talent continued as Les Nubians, an ‘Afropean’ Hip-Hop group, took to the stage to close out the night with an eclectic performance in their native tongue, French.
The Global Language Project is changing the lives of children and with growing support, may one day be able to reach far beyond their current five programs to change the lives of students throughout the U.S. We are honored to have had the opportunity to attend the event and look forward to seeing the program grow and reach new heights!