December 19, 2012
Congratulations to CCC’s YouthAction Graduates
CCC congratulates the graduates of the fall 2012 YouthAction Community Leadership Course (YCLC). This group of 22 high school students met for 10 weeks to learn about advocacy and civic engagement, and gained valuable skills in the areas of leadership, critical thinking, and public speaking. Throughout the course, students developed a passion for advocacy, and many have expressed interest in using their new skills to make positive changes in their schools and communities.
This semester, YCLC participants researched New York City’s foster care system, paying particular attention to the unique needs of older youth in care. They analyzed statistics, heard from experts in the field, and went on site visits to hear from relevant stakeholders. We would like to thank our site visit hosts at New York City Family Court, the Legal Aid Society, the Child Welfare Organizing Project, the Academy at FEGS, Represent Magazine, and the LGBTQ Foster Care Project.
As a team, YCLC participants used what they learned to create a set of findings and recommendations (pdf), which they then delivered to public officials from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and the New York City Council. The students came away from the meetings feeling positive about the improvements being made to the foster care system, while realizing that tough economic times will require them to continue their advocacy for more resources.
We are very proud of the YCLC graduates, and we expect to see many of them next semester as full-fledged YouthAction Members!
If you know a New York City high school student who is interested in participating the spring 2013 YouthAction Community Leadership Course, download the application packet today (pdf).
Fall 2012 YCLC Graduates
Dequan Gambrell, Millenium Art Academy