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Tavis Smiley to attend Youth Action's 3rd Annual Gala
Tavis Smiley to Attend Youth Action’s 3rd Annual Gala


PHILADELPHIA, PA – Tavis Smiley will attend Youth Action’s 3rd Annual Charity Gala. The event will also honor the West Philadelphia YMCA’s outstanding service to the community. The creation of Youth Action is attributable to Smiley as the organization was founded six years ago by alumni of the Tavis Smiley Foundation. The event serves as the culminating event to the group’s two-year project to raise awareness about public health and as fundraiser for the organization.

Tavis Smiley is a widely celebrated journalist, PBS show host, philanthropist, author and activist. On both his PBS talk show and PRI radio show, Smiley interviews world leaders and entertainers about some of the most pressing issues concerning society today. In addition, Smiley’s involvement in current affairs extends beyond the studio to include work with youth leadership development with the Tavis Smiley Foundation, the documentary STAND, best selling book Covenant with Black America, and the All-American Presidential Forums. Smiley is truly one of America foremost leaders as evident by his 2009 TIME magazine recognition as one “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.”

The West Philadelphia YMCA located at 5120 Chestnut Street is a valued community member that helps it club members and local neighbors by operating a number of vital programs including nutrition, healthy living, and fitness classes. Managing Director James Jones states, ” At our upcoming gala we will honor the West Philadelphia YMCA not only for what they do inside their facility, but their work outside the walls of the YMCA.” “At the Gala, Youth Action will salute the YMCA for their willingness to improve the livelihoods of citizens young and old that Youth Action will salute at our Annual Gala,” he continued.

This year’s Gala will be held at the Hilton Philadelphia at 4200 City Line Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. The event will kick off at 6pm on August 15, 2009. Individual ticket cost is a minimal donation of $60. Youth Action is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization, all donations are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit Youth Action’s yearly community service projects. Sponsors include First Bank of Delaware, Marian R. Jones, and Health Partners. For more information about the event or how to purchase tickets, please contact James Jones at 1(888) YOUTH- 90 ext 903 or

About Youth Action
Youth Action is a not-for-profit community organization founded in 2003 by alumni of the Tavis Smiley Foundation and consists of young African American teens and young adults aspiring for positive change in their communities. What sets Youth Action apart from many other community organizations is that aside from a handful of adults who are involved, high school and college students solely run the organization. These ambitious and dynamic youth are committed to making an effective change in their communities. Youth Action’s mission is to empower young African Americans to become socially, economically and civically aware. Through organizing innovative events and programs that raise public awareness about issues in underrepresented communities Youth Action is committed to the social uplift of young people. For more information about Youth Action and its outreach programs, please contact spokesperson James Jones at 1-888- YOUTH- 90 or visit us at:

About the Tavis Smiley Foundation
The Tavis Smiley Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 by media personality Tavis Smiley to enlighten, encourage, and empower youth by providing leadership skills that will promote and enhance the quality of life for their lives, their community and the world. Since its inception, more than 5,500 youth have participated in the foundation’s leadership workshops and conferences. The foundation is based in Los Angeles. For more information, visit

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