Youth Vie For Coveted Spot on Leadership Council

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As New Yorkers head to the polls today to vote for the city’s new Mayor, students at The Children’s Aid Society are also holding their own valuable elections. Last Friday, students in the afterschool program at P.S. 8, a Children’s Aid Society community school in Washington Heights, voted in its new 2013-2014 Youth Leadership Council. Their excitement and nerves filled the school’s auditorium as over a dozen future leaders presented compelling speeches in hopes of securing the most votes.

Youth Leadership Council (YLC) members learn valuable leadership skills and advocate for their fellow students, school and community. The YLC provides input and feedback regarding the activities in their afterschool program, plays a part in organizing afterschool events, and develops and participates in community service and youth advocacy projects.

The incoming council members at P.S. 8 will have large shoes to fill. Former students (left) credit their time with the YLC with teaching them how to be a better student, a better son/daughter and better community member. They ask the new council to be the example that the other children follow.

Stay tuned for more YLC 2013-2014 news.