Youth

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NYCHA-CUNY Scholar: Mahfuzur Rahman

In his mission to serve his East Harlem neighbors, Mahfuzur Rahman, 20, accomplished some firsts: in 2015, he became the youngest member of his community board and, this summer, he became the youngest person to serve as vice president of the Taft Houses Resident Association.

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NYCHA-CUNY Scholar: Ayana Chung

Ayana Chung lives by the motto, “You do not fail until you quit.” These words helped her through some difficult times, including aging out of foster care and working multiple jobs and pursuing higher education while at-risk of becoming homeless.

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Announcing the 2018 NYCHA-CUNY Scholars

They are the next generation of community advocates, social workers, medical staff, teachers, accountants, and public servants.

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On-the-Job Experience for Young NYCHA Residents

This summer, NYCHA’s Summer Youth Employment program, hired 900 14- and 15-year-olds, including 601 NYCHA residents. Interns worked at 195 locations and performed a variety of tasks, including assisting seniors, clerical work, and grounds keeping.

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The Katherine Perez Scholarship

In Memory of a Rising Leader, and a Ray of Sunshine

A scholarship has been created to honor the life of Katherine Perez, a young woman who was a force for positive change in her community.

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The Gift of Reading

Young NYCHA Residents Receive 75,000 Free Books

At Rutgers Community Center, children smiled as they browsed free books they could take home to add to their personal libraries.

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A Nice Place to Play

NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo (third from right in the top row above) and Council Member Antonio Reynoso (left of GM Mustaciuolo) celebrated Hylan Houses’ new playground alongside some happy kids from the neighborhood.

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NYCHA Community Centers Open Late

School’s out and kids across the City are enjoying the long days of summer break. There’s more summer fun to be had at NYCHA’s community centers: from now until August 31, 119 centers will be open late so that young New Yorkers have a safe place to learn and play.

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Youth Leadership Council Celebrates Year of Advocacy, Activism

More than 200 people attended NYCHA’s second Youth Voice Counts Leadership Summit in June to celebrate the Youth Leadership Councils’ (YLC) ongoing work.

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Speed Mentoring: Fast Tracking Success

Members of NYCHA’s Youth Leadership Committees (YLCs) met with NYCHA employees and other professionals at NYCHA’s first speed mentoring event on February 22. NYCHA used a speed mentoring toolkit from NYC Service, a division of the Mayor’s Office to design the event. During a series of short, focused conversations, YLC members met individually with mentors for 10 to 15 minutes before rotating seats to talk to another professional. These one-on-one conversations provided an opportunity to ask mentors about their jobs, education, training, and experience.

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