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Benjamin Hale Event Welcomes Stephens ’00

Bringing together students and distinguished alums to recognize the best of Hobart College’s traditions and achievements, the annual Benjamin Hale Dinner will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.

In annual fashion, the dinner will celebrate the academic accomplishments and critical social contributions made by Hobart students. This year’s keynote speaker is leading youth advocate, educator and entrepreneur Hasan A. Stephens ’00, the executive director and co-founder of The Good Life Philanthropic Youth Foundation in Syracuse, N.Y. The title of his address is, “From Passion to Purpose, Purpose to Impact.”

Good Life Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for at-risk youth by providing a range of services and programs with the purpose of encouraging successful and productive careers and life strategies. Good Life Foundation offers social guidance and help geared toward impoverished teenagers so that they can excel in school and strive for greater opportunities in both academics and business.

A co-contributor of the book, “Rebel Music: Resistance Through Hip-Hop and Punk,” Stephens currently serves as a professor of Africana studies and hip-hop at The State University of New York College at Cortland. He also is an active member of the County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Steering Committee, the Central New York State Regional Youth Justice Team, the County Racial and Ethnic Disparities Work Group and the School – Arrest Diversion Workgroup for Onondaga County. In addition, Stephens is a leadership consultant for the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc., and New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

At the dinner, Evan A. Butcher ’15 will offer the student address. A member of the Hobart club rugby team, Butcher is a public policy studies major with minors in economics and philosophy. Hobart Student Government President Henry P. Smith ’15 will introduce Butcher.

President Mark D. Gearan will deliver the welcome address. Hobart College Dean Eugen Baer P’95, P’97, HON ’07 will offer the introduction and HWS Chaplain Lesley Adams HON ’12 will give the invocation. Academic achievement awards for the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences will also be presented.

Also recognized at the dinner will be the Good Life Foundation board member Winfield Warren Prass ’99, a senior case manager with Children, Children & Children, Inc. Henry Culbreath Jr. ’99, founder and CEO of Children, Children & Children, Inc., also serves on the Good Life Foundation board.

For information about Hobart College traditions and celebrations, visit: http://www.hws.edu/academics/h_deans_traditions.aspx

 

About Hasan A. Stephens ’00:

A leading youth advocate, mentor, entrepreneur and educator, Hasan A. Stephens ’00 is the executive director and co-founder of The Good Life Philanthropic Youth Foundation in Syracuse, N.Y. During his career and work with young people, Stephens recognized that many of the same people continued to revisit youth facilities. In response, he started the Good Life Foundation to help prevent youth recidivism, violence, poverty and incarceration. The Good Life Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for at-risk youth by providing a range of services and programs with the purpose of encouraging successful and productive careers and life strategies.

An educator and co-contributor of the book, “Rebel Music: Resistance Through Hip-Hop and Punk,” Stephens currently serves as a professor of Africana studies and hip-hop at The State University of New York College at Cortland, teaching the course, “Evolution of Hip-Hop Culture.” He also is an active member of the County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Steering Committee, the Central New York State Regional Youth Justice Team, the County Racial and Ethnic Disparities Work Group and the School – Arrest Diversion Workgroup for Onondaga County. In addition, Stephens is a leadership consultant for the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc., and New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Before establishing the Good Life Foundation, Stephens first began engaging youth in New York State through his career as “DJ Maestro,” a radio personality with Clear Channel Communications (Power 106.9 FM and Hot 107.9 FM) and an Emmy Award nominated TV commentator with News Channel 9’s “Coming Together for a Safer Syracuse.” Currently, he is the “New York’s College Team” official DJ for Syracuse University basketball and athletics. Stephens also has worked with MTV and has made national appearances as guest host on BET’s Rap City.

Stephens is a member of the Hobart Class of 2000, and at the Colleges was a member of WEOS and Phi Beta Sigma.

 

About Winfield Warren Prass ’99:

Winfield Warren Prass ’99 is a Senior Case Manager with Children, Children & Children, Inc., a nationally recognized youth services agency located in Washington D.C. With more than 10 years of service working with at-risk and disadvantaged youth, Prass works as a staff supervisor, and extensively as a youth mentor and tutor. He serves on the board of The Good Life Philanthropic Youth Foundation bringing unique insight to programming and youth engagement practices and initiatives.

Staying true to his entrepreneurial spirit, Prass is also co-owner and Chief Executive Officer for New York Inflatables Inc., one of the leading and fastest growing children entertainment companies in the New York City area.

Previously, Prass served as a Career Counselor at the South Bronx Job Corps Academy in New York City, and was a Counselor at the renowned Wediko Children’s Services, in Hillsboro, N.H.

A member of the Hobart Class of 1999, Prass earned a B.A. in Psychology from HWS and has a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College in Boston. Prass is a career services volunteer for the Colleges’ alum network in the Tri-State area. As an undergraduate at HWS, Prass was a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and was a member of the Hobart football team.