Youth Leadership Program Honored by Local Elected Officials

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in News | 1 comment

Hathaway-Sycamores Youth Leadership Program was honored this month by local elected officials during a special end of year celebration at our Highland Park Family Resource Center. Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo and Councilmember Jose Huizar recognized each youth for their accomplishments throughout the year by presenting individual certificates of recognition.

Hathaway-Sycamores Youth Leadership Program honored by local elected officials.

The young leaders have provided volunteer support for 24 events and projects in the community, giving back a collective 2,000 service hours!

Representatives from Assemblymember Carrillo's and Councilmember Huizar's offices speaking to the young leaders at Hathaway-Sycamores.

Representatives from Assemblymember Carrillo’s and Councilmember Huizar’s offices speaking to the young leaders.

“All the volunteer hours that you put in certainly do not go unnoticed, and we truly appreciate it. We encourage you to keep working hard,” commended Lucy Aparicio, Senior Field Deputy for Councilmember Huizar. “It could be your name on these certificates handing them out to the next generation. We really believe in you all.”

Each youth received certificates of recognition from both elected officials at Hathaway-Sycamores.

Each youth received certificates of recognition from both elected officials.

Danni Wang, Field Deputy for Assemblymember Carrillo echoed Aparicio’s praise, “You’re our future leaders, but you’re also my present leaders. Civic engagement always starts with where you are today. We look forward to partnering with you in the future.”

Each youth received certificates of recognition from both elected officials at Hathaway-Sycamores.

Hathaway-Sycamores’ President and CEO Debra Manners was presented with a proclamation celebrating the agency for its impactful work across the Los Angeles community. She gave the young leaders encouragement to keep up their hard work in the future, “You can change the world one community at a time and I think you started in this community. We are so proud of you, and do not let anyone tell you that it cannot be done, because it always can and there’s always a way.”

Hathaway-Sycamores President and CEO Debra Manners accepted a proclamation of commendation on behalf of the agency.

Hathaway-Sycamores President and CEO Debra Manners accepted a proclamation of commendation on behalf of the agency.

During the event, youth members also devoted time to recognizing five graduating seniors who all start college this fall. The seniors each provided words of wisdom and encouragement to the group, while their younger peers returned the gesture by presenting each senior with commemorative artwork describing their unique qualities.

At Hathaway-Sycamores, younger peers received words of encouragement from their senior peers heading to college.

Younger peers received words of encouragement from their senior peers heading to college.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say, ‘Young people don’t have a voice.’” explained one youth in the program, “But as young people, I think there’s a lot that we can do to share and influence and have an impact on our community. Don’t give up on this forever-growing program.”

Hathaway-Sycamores' seniors got a special surprise when other members cited their greatest qualities as community leaders.

Seniors got a special surprise when other members cited their greatest qualities as community leaders.

Hathaway-Sycamores Youth Leadership Program was designed to support youth to build leadership skills, be involved in the community, increase their awareness of how their community works, increase their exposure to career options, partner with community leaders, continue on to higher education and become decision-making, problem solving citizens. The foundation of the Youth Leadership Program is the principle that youth are important members in our community and can become active contributors in the community as adults. Eighth grade through twelfth grade students from various schools in northeast L.A. attend regular Youth Leadership Program meetings every two weeks and participate in at least one community activity or workshop per month. For more information about the program, contact Yvonne Sarceda at yvonnesarceda@hathaway-sycamores.org.

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  1. Shaquenta McDonald (Q)

    I have to give it to all of the members of Hathaway Sycamores; including the children, staff, and leadership! Our community Rocks!!!

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