Mayor's Youth Leadership Council expands to Westhill High School
By Stamford Public Schools
Westhill High School Principal Camille Figluizzi announces the establishment of the Westhill chapter of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council (MYLC) program. MYLC is a youth activism organization, run by the Stamford Youth Services Bureau, whose mission is to promote safe schools and communities with an emphasis on developing strategies that advocate for causes that matter to youth.
Stamford, CT - Westhill High School Principal Camille Figluizzi announces the establishment of the Westhill chapter of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council (MYLC) program. MYLC is a youth activism organization, run by the Stamford Youth Services Bureau, whose mission is to promote safe schools and communities with an emphasis on developing strategies that advocate for causes that matter to youth.
MYLC is one of the largest youth activism organizations in Connecticut, with a chapter in Stamford High School and sister programs at Brian McMahon High School in Norwalk and at Greenwich High School.
“I am excited to launch the MYLC program at Westhill High School and am confident the Westhill community will embrace the inspirational and educational outreach of the MYLC members on topics most relevant to our school,” said Figluizzi. “I am especially proud of those students who have stepped up to the challenge of leading the WHS MYLC Chapter and to serve as its Executive Committee.”
Westhill students interested in learning about MYLC attended an informational meeting with the Stamford Youth Services Bureau in December. The Youth Services Bureau recently reviewed applications from those students applying to serve on the Executive Committee. The following six students have been chosen as Executive Committee Members:
Ariana Venneri, sophomore
Julia DiBiccari, junior
Emma Gargiulo, junior
Natasja Haughton, sophomore
Isabella Petrini, sophomore
Austin Nardi, junior
The newly appointed Executive Committee members for Westhill Chapter participated in a 12-hour training, which focused on activism and leadership.
“I truly believe if kids/teens take a stand, people will follow,” said Isabella Petrini, member Executive Committee Westhill High School MYLC Chapter. “I don’t want to sit around and complain about things I don’t like. I am one to get up and do something about it. I believe that is the best way to solve some of the social issues we face today.”
The first Executive Committee meeting will take place January 29, 2014, and the Westhill MYLC Chapter’s first all-member meeting will be scheduled for early February.
“MYLC is designed so each chapter has the opportunity to identify and focus on a social issue most important to their community,” said Bob Kocienda, MYLC project coordinator at Stamford High School. “The Executive Committee will follow an established research strategy and timeline in order to select the issue most relevant to Westhill and then will begin to plan their approach.”
Members will meet regularly to design and plan activities, which take place in school and around town, and map out the group's social change campaigns.
MYLC uses three approaches to address the identified issues: public awareness activities, volunteer programs, and social change campaigns.
The Stamford High School chapter, which was established in 2004 focuses on teen dating violence, bullying, sexual harassment, and mental health.