Join us for inspiring stories from youth leaders who are working to creating safe, accessible neighborhoods. Youth are the future of our communities and they are taking initiative to address concerns in their neighborhoods.
Webinar participants will hear from two student leaders from the YMCA Changemakers Institute. This is a virtual summer program available to all high school students, including incoming 9th grade students and graduating high school seniors.
Participants will learn how to make meaningful, inclusive, and lasting change in their community while collaborating with youth across the country. During the Institute, participants will prepare, implement, and evaluate a Changemaker Initiative. Each participant develops their initiative by selecting one of the Y’s Areas of Impact, one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and then applying their own passions and talent to a specific issue in their community.
David Fu is a rising sophomore currently living in Short Hills, New Jersey. He lived in Shanghai, China for most of his life before coming to America two years ago. Some of his notable achievements include winning a first-place award in piano competitions. David has also won medals through participating in school sports, such as shot put and sprinting. David has played in several chess tournaments and won a several trophies for being one of the top five players, and occasionally the top player in the tournaments.
David’s youth initiative is to help improve pedestrian safety within his community. Currently, Davis is helping his community to apply for a grant from Safe Routes to School to build sidewalks and crosswalks for schools in his community.
Jack Kelly – Clifton Park, New York
Jack Kelly is a rising senior at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, New York. Jack is extremely involved in his school and community, serving as the president of his student senate and debate team, working on the leadership team for his local Youth and Government district, and acting as a chair and student founder of multiple committees on his town. Jack also serves as the state director of operations for Homoglobin, an advocacy group advocating for LGBTQ+ healthcare and education policies as well as blood equivalency. Outside of school, Jack is an avid cellist as well as a lifeguard at his local YMCA.
Jack’s youth initiative will establish a walkability committee in his community. Jack met with a representative from his town and they created a plan for the structure of the committee. He is now recruiting members for the committee and has drafted a 3-month plan for the committee.