WYC Positivity Nook
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 that.
Vaccine Hesitancy Townhall.
August 10, 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 recieved 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.
View the Townhall on YouTube
Meet the Expert Panel
Carol B. Allen, MD was a practicing family physician in Westchester for decades and specialized in endocrinology, diabetes, and internal medicine.
Dr. Yong Sing da Silva was Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan. Having since relocated to Florida, he is now Medical Director of Pediatrics and a Pediatric Intensive Care Doctor at Palms West Children’s Hospital in Loxahatchee, FL.
Dr. Lawrence Neshiwat, MD is a practicing clinician affiliated with St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, among others, specializes in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism.
Dr. Maura D. Frank, MD is a retired Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics with Weill Cornell Medical and was a practicing pediatrician for many years.
Dr. Mathur is an infectious disease and critical care doctor trying to inspire, educate, and connect with passionate healthcare folks on #idcriticalcare.
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!
Learn more about the Community Walking Tour by watching the video below:
June 11 - June 22, 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!
Boxes of books delivered to GreenDrop
Boxes of books delivered to the Washingtonville Housing Authority
April 18, 2021
Westchester Youth Congress members partnered with Our Streets Dobbs Ferry, Sustainable Dobbs, local neighborhooods and the Village of Dobbs Ferry Traffic Committee to transform low traffic local streets into "Play Streets".
What are Play Streets?
Putting up barricades on the enterance 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! If you are interested in hosting a Play Street for your neighborhood contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Candidate Forum
April 12, 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: tinyurl.com/WYC-Forum-Questions
Thanksgiving Food Drive.
November 25, 2020
Westchester Youth Congress members partnered with the local Edgemont Rotary Chapter and Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry to get over 3,500 lbs of fresh produce in over 300 bags of food and 30 Thanksgiving pies to feed nearly 600 people in time for Thanksgiving!
Virtual Townhall on Community Issues.
November 22, 2020
Westchester Youth Congress members hosted a very successful virtual townhall for their community. Participants discussed three major issues in the community:
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 email: email@example.com
Get your Flu Shot.
September 15, 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!
June 26, 2020
Westchester Youth Congress members came together after community members asked them create a video on COVID-19. For the video, WYC members took testimonies of doctors, nurses, patients and regular citizens urging community members of all ages to take preventative measures during the pandemic. The video contains stories of patients and doctors alike, along with expert advice on how to protect yourself and your family members.
Virtual Townhall on COVID-19.
May 2, 2020
Westchester Youth Congress members hosted a very successful virtual townhall for their community. They provided mental and emotional support for community members, who were given the ability to share their experiences from the pandemic. Together, participants dicussed ways of coping with the social isolation from quarantine. Participants also dicussed major issues in the community during the COVID pandemic and ways for youth participants to get involved. The community highlighted that younger audiences were less likely to be careful, and requested youth leaders to create a video on COVID to reach and convince those people.