WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Youth Council (WCYC) recently sent two teens to the state capital in Albany for a Youth Leadership Forum.
Senior Council Member Nina Joung, 18, of Ardsley, and Junior Council Member Jacob Furry, 13, of White Plains, were given the opportunity to meet with elected officials representing their communities including Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-88th District), Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti (D-92nd District) and an aide for Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
"In their meeting, Joung and Furry advocated in favor of funding youth development programs like WCYC," representatives said. "In their own words, the youth council members shared the impact the program has made on their lives, and urged officials to continue funding streams that make positive youth development programming possible in Westchester. Joung and Furry also got a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Assembly floor."
The WCYC members also participated in the New York State Association of Youth Bureau’s Youth Leadership Forum on Feb. 10 and 11.
“Nina and Jacob are just two examples of Westchester County Youth Council members being a positive voice for our community,” said Alma Evans, program coordinator. “The Albany advocacy trip gives our members the chance to practice the skills they need to become successful community activists and problem solvers.”