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NYCHA Youth Leaders Win Grants

Two of NYCHA’s Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) were recently awarded $1,000 grants to host important projects in their communities.


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Richmond Terrace Resident Wins Award

Richmond Terrace Houses resident Justin Baker, 22, was one of six young adults awarded the 2019 Corpsmember of the Year award from The Corps Network, the national association of service and conservation corps. Mr. Baker, a Green City Force Corps Member, was singled out for his commitment to service and community, personal growth, and outstanding leadership skills.


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Lighting the Unity Tree

South Bronx residents don’t have to travel to Manhattan to get a glimpse of a beautiful tree: They have one right in their community thanks to the efforts of NYCHA’s South Bronx Youth Leadership Council (SBYLC) and South Bronx Senior Champions.


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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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