Surprise The Struggling Hosts Surprise Dinner Party For Star Bright Family Center

Press Release


December 11, 2017, Brooklyn, New York—This Holiday season, Surprise the Struggling Inc., Gift Giving Extravaganza will be a Surprise Holiday Dinner for 380 people (100 families) at the Star Bright Family Center in Brooklyn, New York. Festivities take place on December 16, 2017, from 2 PM – 6 PM.

In its second full year of service, Surprise the Struggling, Inc. is gearing up for one of its momentous end of the year Holiday Surprise Parties. Executive Director, Dr. Jacquelyn Wilson and #SurpriseTheStruggling staff and its Ambassadors, plan, host, and execute several functions throughout the calendar year to help surrounding communities, as well as several global communities, in addition to their philanthropic endeavors each day of the week.

#SurpriseTheStruggling™, INC. is a 501 c 3 organization that aids those in both local and global communities that are in need. Their primary consumers are the less fortunate, homeless women, and teen girls. Yet, their reach is far extending, including men, children, and families.


A Surprise Holiday Dinner

This Saturday’s surprise event will be a day of celebration, fine dining, and surprise gift giving for all the residents of Star Bright Family Center. #STS desires to surprise these hard-working individuals and families, encouraging them this holiday season with a surprise dinner with all the trimmings to celebrate their milestones and in recognition for all the hard work they are doing to change their life circumstances.

Thanks to generous sponsors and donors, all 380 residents of Star Bright Family Center, in Brooklyn, New York will experience a catered Holiday meal with all the trimmings, including dessert. In addition to the very special meal, #STS and Executive Director, Dr. Wilson, will be surprising residents with gifts for the Holiday season.

Surprise the Struggling extends its gratitude to the following businesses who are sponsoring the Surprise Holiday Celebration for more than one hundred families in need. Johnrue Publishing, Street Corner Resources, Eloquent Essentials, A Stairway to Hope Inc., Cakes By Coley, AP World, Level Up Connections, Miiz Misha’s World of Empowerment, Exodus DJ Ron Coleman, SPCBC, The Event Strategist, and Chief Brooklyn #STSGLOBAL Ambassadors Charlene Stewart and Ebony Johnson. Profound gratitude and appreciation are given to these wonderful corporations and individuals who have made this year’s Giving Extravaganza possible.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month…Iesha Sekou!



We are continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month! #SurpriseTheStruggling’s eighth highlight this month is the educator and crusader of justice, Iesha Sekou—#SurpriseTheStruggling’s powerful and awe-inspiring Ambassador from New York, NY. Where do we begin with the accolades for this powerful woman? The voice of the voiceless? This Queen, who lays it on the line each and every day; risking it all to save our youth and to give them a voice, an outlet, an education, a future—is the embodiment of love and strength. Ms. Iesha lays is walking the talk and not just talking it. She is living and breathing it, and has done so for over thirty years.

Words cannot adequately convey the love and gratitude that we have for Iesha Sekou. This is why she is our very first recipient of the #STS Community Leadership Award—presented at our First Anniversary Celebration. She has been a champion for #STSGLOBAL as well as our sister organization, The Stop Bullying Project®. She has gone out of her way to assist and to encourage and mentor. Iesha is a living and breathing embodiment of #SurpriseTheStruggling’s mission; living each day, giving back to those in her community. Her community is not just where she resides, it is all encompassing of every young person needing a champion; every man or woman needing resources to better their life circumstances. From the moment Iesha connected with #Surprisethestruggling, it has been one opportunity after another to spread and share our mission and to reach people in places we would never have reached on our own. She is a treasure of wisdom and knowledge, and we are so fortunate to have her as an Ambassador, friend, and personal mentor and surrogate Mom of our Founder, Dr. Jacquelyn Wilson.

Iesha Sekou, Educator, Activist, Founder of Street Corner Resources

Iesha Sekou—Mentor, Champion, Educator, Activist, Game-Changer, Trailblazer—is the Founder of Street Corner Resources (SCR). Street Corner Resources is a nonprofit organization located at Harlem Renaissance High School. Founded in 2007 by Iesha Sekou, Street Corner Resources mission is to empower young people to stay away from gun and gang violence through music, employment, education, training, and other resources. In addition, Street Corner Resources seeks to reduce the amount of gun and gang violence in the Harlem community. SCR seeks to create a more peaceful community by providing teenagers and young adults greater access to real employment, education, training and other resources to assist them as they strive for success.

Ms. Iesha is also the host of a weekly radio show, Street Corner Resources Live on Harlem Community Radio (WHCR 90.3 FM) The program combines information and dialogue on many of the important issues facing the community. Topics include violence prevention, community policing, career development and more. SCR LIVE often highlights the lives of individuals who are making a positive impact in our community. Street Corner Resources LIVE airs every Monday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WHCR 90.3 FM.

Please visit SCR webpage for more information. Find out how you can become involved with this powerful organization.

Whatever you do, do yourself a service and get to know this powerful woman of change. We salute you Iesha Sekou! We are honored to have you be a part of the #SurpriseTheStruggling Family!