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Our Past Projects

1

WYC Positivity Nook

April 2022

Two Westchester Youth Congress members worked to create the WYC Positivity Nook - a weekly supply of positive stories both locally and worldwide. Their goal is to put some positive news onto people's screens to distract people from all the negative news in the world.

 

Taking a some time each week to read a few positive stories, is something that all people need in the craziness of this world, and the WYC Positivity Nook helps accomplish

2

Community Walking Tour

September 30, 2021

Westchester Youth Congress members partnered with Our Streets Dobbs Ferry to hold a Community Walking Tour for Dobbs Ferry. Community walking Tours are designed to get people thinking, observing, and experiencing how the environment works for all users and discussing how to make it better for people of all ages and abilities.  

On the tour, participants recorded their first-hand experiences of street conditions. A walking tour lets us identify walkability barriers and needed infrastructure improvements for future action, while also bringing together diverse community members.

 

On September 30th, we brought together residents, students, public servants and elected officials both on a town and county level, to share concerns and brainstorm solutions. 

Our role in this project involved planning, inviting the elected officials (whom we already had connections with), as well as creating the promotional video to invite community stakeholders!

3

Get your Flu Shot.

September 2020

In order to make getting your flu shot as accessible as possible, and to encourage everyone to get their flu vaccines, WYC members created a list of pharmacies that offer flu shots on a map of Westchester County. Get your flu shot if you haven't already! For more information reach out to us!

4

Vaccine Hesitancy  Townhall

August 2021
The Westchester Youth Congress held an informational Zoom meeting about the COVID-19 vaccines in partnership with #VaxUpWestchester initiative. We invited community members hesitant about taking the vaccine to join and ask their questions to medical experts. 

 

Experts received and answered questions on the issues of long-term effects, schools, and faith. They also held a short presentation on how the vaccine works and its ingredients.

 

Big thank you to Dr. Carol Allen, Dr. Yong Sing da Silva, Dr. Lawrence Neshiwat, Dr. Maura D. Frank, and Dr. Anisha Mathur for contributing their expertise. 

5

Book Drive

June 2021

The Westchester Youth Congress partnered with the Builders Club from Edgemont High School, and the National Honors Society from Irvington High School to hold a end of school book drive for all for Westchester. People donated books (both gently used and new) to drop boxes at the high schools. WYC members also ran pickups for people who were unable to go to the high schools to donate their books. The books were donated to GreenDrop in White Plains and the Washingtonville Housing Alliance in Mamaroneck. Ultimately, we donated over 1000+ books! 

6

Play Streets

April 2021

Westchester Youth Congress members partnered with Our Streets Dobbs Ferry, Sustainable Dobbs, local neighborhoods and the Village of Dobbs Ferry Traffic Committee to transform low traffic local streets into "Play Streets". 

Putting up barricades on the entrance of local streets, we enacted 3 hour long Street Closures transforming the streets into a place for the community with a "Block Party" vibe.

Neighborhood kids were able to come out for the first time since the pandemic started. It was an opportunity to socialize, play ball, bike and have fun with each other, in a COVID safe manner: Everyone wore masks and followed COVID safety practices! Community volunteers and WYC members also manned the barricades on the streets and kept track of participants for Contact Tracing. ​
With hundreds of participants, we got overwhelmingly positive feedback from both kids and parents at the event!

 

7

Greenburgh Town Supervisor Candidate Forum 

April 2021

The Westchester Youth Congress hosted a Candidate Forum for the Greenburgh Town Supervisor Race, with candidates Paul Feiner and Tasha Young.

 

This virtual event was live streamed to YouTube. If you missed the event, you can watch the video below!

View the questions we asked candidates (collected from viewers and publicly posted 3 days before the event.
 

8

Virtual Townhall on Community Issues.

November 2020 

 

Westchester Youth Congress members hosted a very successful virtual townhall for their community. Participants discussed three major issues in the community:
Social Injustices
COVID (Food insecurity, effect on schools, etc)
Infrastructure (Traffic, Affordable Housing, Public Education Reform)
A major point of discussion was how Youth Leaders and create solutions to many of these problems. We hope to create solutions to the problems discussed in the coming months. If you or anyone you know has ideas for projects we can take on, or you want to partner with us, please click the more info button! 

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