Nonprofit honors senior and youth advocates
The Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn’s (SUN-B) 10th anniversary luncheon, held October 15 at Dyker Beach Golf Course, honored two women who have dedicated themselves to educating and advocating on behalf of youth and seniors in Brooklyn and New York.
Matilda Raffa Cuomo, former first lady of the State of New York, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as founder of Mentoring USA and author of The Person Who Changed My Life: Prominent People Recall Their Mentors.
“It gives me great satisfaction to think people want to help and understand the need to help our children—our future generations,” said Cuomo on being recognized. “A lot of children need more help than others. We must make them feel self-esteem [because] part of life is feeling good about yourself; otherwise, bullying [takes over] and it spills over to the rest of your life.”
On the message she presents in her book and through her volunteer mentoring programs, which serve students in fourth grade and up, Cuomo told this paper that many children, “Don’t have intact families [and it is] difficult to cope with everything, so they need someone to really relate to them. No matter how famous you become, you’ve arrived when you can look back at the mentors in your life.”