Peer Mentoring through Cultural Kickstarter: Cretans of New York!


The Philo4Thought Hellenic Professional Mentoring Initiative is pleased to present this special edition “Young Professional of the Month” Feature Article! The goal of our publications is to provide positive, successful role models who will inspire the next generation of young professionals. A preliminary criterion for YPM candidates is their active engagement in an entrepreneurial initiative or career path. Candidates are typically of Hellenic origin and part of a philanthropic, humanitarian or environmentally-conscious field. The most essential qualification they have in common, however, is the spirit and compassion to persevere, and the heart to share their knowledge and experience with others.

Over the past year I’ve been asked to write up a story about brothers or sisters working together…. Today’s post takes the request a step further – in good Greek form! – as I attended the studio recording for Alexandros Koundourakis’ musical documentary, #CretansofNewYork.

It’s my great pleasure and honor to present this month’s post of not one, but several young Hellenes with a common interest in preserving one of the major legacies of Crete – music and dance. This enterprise is not just about recollecting the old songs, but about the people and memories they venerate – the spirit behind the sound – which may be lost if they are not carried forward to future generations.

ARTICLE LINK: #CretansOfNewYork

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Our sincere thanks to all those who participated in the preparation of this article and to the members of the Cretans of New York group who took the time to share their stories with us. Special thanks to Spin Recording Studios and Minos Syllogo for allowing Philo4Thought to interview our featured Young Professional of the Month at your venue. Σας ευχαριστώ πολύ!

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