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Phoenix Students Advocate For Youth Programming In Albany

PHOENIX – Five Youth Advisory Council students from the Phoenix Central School District visited Albany on February 5 and 6 to represent Oswego County and meet with New York State senators and assemblymen at a Youth Leadership Forum sponsored by the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus.

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Students from Phoenix meet with Assemblyman Will Barclay at a recent Youth Leadership Forum. From left: Assemblyman Barclay, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau Executive Director Brian Chetney, Phoenix students Darren Fischel, Noah Gordon, Tina Li, Olivia Lamphere, Savannah Neupert and Sam Crisafulli, youth services coordinator with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

The Youth Leadership Forum is a two-day event at the Capital, where students from all over New York State meet with youth bureaus and elected officials to talk about youth development and advocate for programming.

The students were able to ask questions and present the needs of their community to people like NYS Senator Patty Ritchie, NYS Assemblyman William A. Barclay and Lieutenant Governor of New York Kathy Hochul.

They also participate in workshops and have the opportunity to listen to a variety of keynote speakers.

“It is a great opportunity to learn how government works and be a voice to our legislators,” said Oswego City-County Youth Bureau Executive Director Brian Chetney. “The students are expected to go back to their community and continue the work.”

The Phoenix Central School District students who participated in this experience were Tina Li, Olivia Lamphere, Savannah Neupert, Noah Gordon and Darren Fischel.