Students Inside Albany 2015

Applications from students have been received from our local high schools and are presently being reviewed by our Youth Programs Committee. The Scholarship winners will be announced the first week in Albany. The League wishes to thank all the high school teachers and staff who cooperated in this program to send students delegates to the annual Students Inside Albany Conference this year.

Tools For Change 2014

Final Presentation  of the 2014 Seminar was held on May 20th at 8:00 Town Hall

After much discussion and investigation into an issue being dealt with by many local communities, the students of the Tools For Change Seminar decided to studyHow do current challenges effect the ability of community organizations’ to address hunger?
Unlike in years past when the students have gone into the field to canvas local residents, a focus group made up of leaders of hunger related community organizations will be interviewed by the students to discuss the various challenges and strategies employed to deal with this difficult issue.

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2014 Student Achievement Award Announced

Rye, NY, May 30, 2014 -- Samuel (Sam) Lawhon, an 11th grader from Rye Neck High School, has been chosen by the League of Women Voters of Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester to receive its 2014 Student Civic Achievement Award. This is the inaugural year of the award. It will be given annually to a high school student who lives in and attends a high school in the City of Rye, Villages of Rye Brook and Port Chester, or the Rye Neck section of the Town of Rye, in recognition of the student’s overall contributions to his or her school and community in the areas of civic engagement, advocacy, leadership or voter education.  
 Sam is a member of his award winning high school's Mock Trial Team, has participated in the Tools for Change research project sponsored in part by the League and the Town of Rye, is a co-founder and President of the Student Awareness Coalition at Rye Neck High School which seeks to raise awareness of human rights abuses, is a member of his school's Student Senate, and has conducted his own research on the influence of current events knowledge on high school students. This summer Sam will attend a program at Columbia University entitled "Leadership in Law." 
In his application essay, Sam commented, "… I am in the midst of processing data for my own research project to investigate high school students' awareness of both national and international current events. This concept is extremely important to me because I believe that in order to preserve our democratic values, our country must have a politically informed and aware populace."
We congratulate Sam on being the recipient of the 2014 Student Civic Achievement Award. 

    Rye Student Chosen to Attend
 "Students Inside Albany" Conference

Rye, NY, May 12, 2014 – The Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester chapter of the League of Women Voters announced today that MacGuire (Mac) Killian, a 9th grader from Rye High School, has been chosen to attend this year’s Students Inside Albany program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation. This thirteenth annual Students Inside Albany program runs from May 18-21, and will bring approximately 60 students from across the state to Albany to get a first-hand education about their state government. The program is designed to increase high school students' awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide information about the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility.
While at the conference, students will join their peers in a hands-on learning experience about how state government works.  Students will participate in a series of interactive lectures on topics such as the state budget process, the role of lobbyists in the legislative process, citizen rights to access government information, the role of media in politics, and the move to reform state government.  While in Albany, the students will have an opportunity to tour the state’s Capitol. The highlight for most students is the opportunity to shadow their Senator and their Assembly member for afternoon attending sessions on the Chamber floor.
In his application essay, Mac commented, “If I understand the legislative process, I would be better able to contribute to helping my community and state in dealing with these issues.  I would like to meet other kids around New York to share ideas and opinions and what they think are the issues facing our state.”

Congratulations to Mac!


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