Joseph Smith (FUSIA)
Sun, May 22, 2011 - FUSIA Communications officially started the 2011 Cross-Cultural Internship Program (CCIP) with the program's first Post-Arrival Orientations, which took place yesterday and today (May 21-22, 2011) at the Flushing YMCA. In the spirit of CCIP tradition, group photos were taken along with the Sunday session.
Online PR News – 04-June-2011 – – Marc Haken, an active member in New York City government and the community, a former teacher, President of Friends of Cunningham Park and Community Liaison of the Office of Assembly Member Rory Lancman, was present at the Saturday session as a guest speaker. Haken is a valued supporter and trusted advisor to CCIP.
Haken broke the ice with the students, to their surprise, by greeting them in French. Afterwards a quick self introduction and smiles all around, Haken shifted the topic to New York City, describing it as one of the greatest and the safest cities in the world.
But he immediately followed with important advice, "Being in the safest city in the world doesn't mean you can't be mugged. Make sure you keep safety at the top of your list. The rule of thumb is to hang out in groups."
Haken continued, "Pay attention to local laws. You may see other people breaking the laws. That doesn't mean that you should try to follow their lead. There is always a chance that policeman can give you a ticket or arrest you. It is not worth the risk to break the law, even a small one."
Kay went on to give a sneak preview of this year's activity agenda for Session A students. Highlights include "Saying Hello to New York City" BBQ on June 3, visiting Borough President Helen Marshall, visiting Morgan Stanley, etc.
At the end of the orientation, Kay handed the students some gifts left by last year's students. They left a hair dryer, a hot pot, and some medicine. Kay relayed the message that 2011 students left, "We want you to carry on the CCIP spirit."