Westchester Youth Congress
Possibilities for Change
Refugee Technology Drive
May 11 - June 10, 2022
The Westchester Youth Congress is hosting a technology drive collecting old computers, keyboards and monitors (under 10 years old and in working condition).
We are collecting money via this donation link: https://www.heartsandhomesforrefugees.org/?form=FUNWARYMRVW - you can be taken there directly by scanning the QR code on the flyer below.
All monetary proceeds will go to Hearts & Homes. Computers4People has agreed to refurbish any technology we collect, which will then be passed on to Welcome Home Refugees for distribution among refugees.
Working with Builders Club @ Edgemont High School and with Community Service Club @ Irvington High School, we have set up technology drop off boxes in the respective schools.
If you would like to request an alternative donation method, please email email@example.com.
Every donation makes a difference. By chipping in whatever amount you can, together, we can help improve the lives of these refugees.
Money Raised: $2564.00
Why are we holding this drive?
Yonkers YMCA's Women's History Month Panelist
March 31, 2022
The Yonker's YMCA's held a celebration of Women's History Month through inviting and celebrating female leaders from the local community.
The event strove to offer an opportunity for young teens to hear from girls and women of all ages and backgrounds about what this month means to them, and how they have made an impact in the world around them as women.
Westchester Youth Congress member, Samika Agarwal, was invited to be one of four panelists who spoke to teens on her experiences as a female leader, drawing on her experience with the Westchester Youth Congress. She spoke about the importance of youth activism, and endeavored to inspire a new generation of teen leaders.
Westchester Sustainability Forum
April 19, 2022
On April 19, 2022, the Westchester Youth Congress held a virtual sustainability forum to bring together high profile Westchester government officials and prominent Westchester based climate organizations to collaborate and develop future sustainability initiatives.
The goal of the 90 minute forum was to provide officials and organizations at various levels to share their individual sustainability goals and initiatives, and then collaborate on future combined initiatives to make material improvements in the area.
The forum allowed different groups build strong new connections and partners for their initiatives - for organizations to get political support, and for officials to find organizations to help them deliver on their sustainability goals.
Attendees (Name - Organization/Title):
Anne Jaffe Holmes - Federated Conservationists of Westchester County
Caitlyn Carpenter - Sunrise Westchester
Claire Kokoska - Sustainable Westchester
Claudio Rau - Sunrise Westchester
Courtney Williams - Westchester Alliance for Sustainable Solutions, Safe Energy Rights Group
Edward W. Brancati - Village Manager of Mount Kisco
Eve Hundt - Bedford 2030
Francis Sheehan - Councilman on Greenburgh Town Board
George Latimer - Westchester County Executive
Jason Klein - Director of Conservation at Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation
Jenna Cain - Sunrise Westchester
Jessye Ejdelman - Co-Leader of Westchester CCL
Juliane Saary-Littman - IACPM
Kathleen O’Connor- Commissioner of Westchester County Parks Recreation and Conservation
Lindsay Hornstein - Sunrise Westchester
Marisa Rodriguez - Federated Conservationists of Westchester County
MaryJane Shimsky - Westchester County Board of Legislators
Patty Buchanan - CURE100, Croton100
Paul Feiner - Greenburgh Town Supervisor
Peter McCartt - Westchester County Director of Energy Conservation and Sustainability
Rasha Elwaki - White Plains HS Student
Sarah Smiley - Mothers Out Front
November 4, 2021 - Present
Westchester Youth Congress members have partnered with the Fairview Empowerment Group, an official volunteer committee from the Town of Greenburgh.
On November 4th we partnered with them to hold a Fairview Empower Forum: a forum dedicated to collecting feedback from Fairview residents to guide decisions that benefit the local community.
The goal: To promote local business while proving the community with its needs. We are currently looking at creating a Worker's Food Co-operative, an NPO, or an alternative means to provide access to high quality food while fostering the growth of local business.
To Fairview Residents: We want at least 300 responses to help guide us before we choose the path forward! Please help us by filling out this survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/fairviewempowerment
To High Schoolers Near and Around Fairview: We are looking for new members from this community to help drive this initative forward! Please apply to become a member or contact us if you are interested!
To Local Businesses: WYC Members are currently creating a website for the Fairview Empowerment Group, where we will feature/highlight local businesses! If you are interested in being featured, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
View the Nov. 4th forum below:
Other WYC Projects
Positivity Nook (April 2022)
Community Walking Tour for Street Safety (September 2021)
Vacccine Hesitancy Townhall (August 2021)
End of School Year Book Drive (June 2021)
Town Supervisor Race Candidate Forum (April 2021)
Play Streets Community Event (April 2021)
Thanksgiving Food Drive (November 2020)
Flu Shot Locations Map (September 2020)
COVID PSA (June 2020)