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ABOUT
US

Who we are

Westchester Youth Congress is a high school student-led organization striving to improve our community and to provide youth with the tools they need to spark change

Our Mission

To envision and execute innovative solutions to problems in our communities

Our Vision

To empower youth leaders to make positive change

Our Story

The Westchester Youth Congress was envisioned by its founders as a platform that would amplify the youth voice. By creating Visible Youth Activism, the WYC provides youth leaders with a rare opportunity to work together to make an impact on our community. In addition, the spirit of interdependence that comes from the group’s collaborative and student-run nature fosters strong interpersonal skills in the next generation of leaders through real-world experience.

 

It is our foremost belief that High School students provide fresh ideas, new perspectives, and innovative solutions to issues in our community. By working on issues that matter to them, our project-based approach equips these Youth Leaders with the tools to fight for causes that matter to them, both now and in the future. In addition, by placing an emphasis on service, the WYC gives its members the opportunity to develop strong connections to our community and its leaders.

 

Our commitment to being idea-driven has led us to do meaningful work in politics, public health, charity, and more. This same commitment has forged strong partnerships with local elected officials and local community organizations that give Youth Leaders the opportunity to insert their voices into the discussions that change our community for the better. By continuing to uphold these values, the Westchester Youth Congress hopes to give Youth Leaders the chance to make positive change in our community, as both WYC members and beyond.

Greenburgh Town Supervisor Candidates Tasha Young and Paul Feiner alongside WYC Members Jake Ourman, Dylan Johns, Samika Agarwal, Jeremy Morton and Avik Agarwal for the Greenburgh Town Supervisor Candiate Forum

WYC Co-President Avik Agarwal (left) and Our Streets Dobbs Ferry Founder Rebbeca Pitts (right) at the first ever Play Streets event hosted by both organizations

Code Of Conduct

The Westchester Youth Congress is dedicated towards creating a safe environment for all of our members to express their opinions. We welcome and cultivate a diversity of opinions. We promote a bullying and harassment-free organization and require a modicum of respect towards all. When unsure, assume good intent and clarify afterwards. WYC members are expected to apply this behavior towards all people they interact with as they work on WYC projects for change. Violating our code of conduct by engaging in harassment or bullying can result in immediate removal from the Westchester Youth Congress. Finally, we request members to give everyone a chance to express and explain their ideas, which is key for a succesful organization.