Congratulations to CCC’s YouthAction Graduates

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
Isatou Daffeh, Urban Assembly for Applied Math and Science
Japaris Sheridan, Eagle Academy for Young Men
Jarred Okosun, Xavier High School
Jauhniera Shaw, Urban Assembly for Applied Math and Science
Jemima Armstrong, Health Opportunities High School
Joshua Vargas, High School for Public Service
Lauren Wang, The Brearley School
Leandra Vargas, High School for Public Service
Leonardo Phillip, High School for Public Service
Lexi Jackson, Facing History School
Mariaelena Gomez, New Explorations into Science & Mathematics
Marisa Shwartz, The Churchill School
Michael Cohen, The Child School/Legacy HS
Nadia Amoako, Health Opportunities High School
Nancy Castro, High School for Public Service
Reme Terrelonge, Creative Digital Minds HS
Rudjessy Secours, High School for Service and Learning
Sarah Franco, Professional Performing Arts
Shaianice Edwards, High School for Public Service
Tanasia Pearson, High School for Public Service
Tendai Hinds, High School for Public Service


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  • Elizabeth Cohen says:

    Congratulation! Excellent work, outstanding presentations.

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