Members of Young Governors (Year 4)
17, Forest Hills High School
Jennifer joined Young Governors because she wanted to do something useful. She saw Young Governors as a great opportunity to not only improve her communication and leadership skills, but to help her community as well. Along the way, she’s learned to become more open.
"Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise." - Sigmund Freud
16, Newtown High school
Christopher joined Young Governors because he wanted to try something new that will take him out of his comfort zone. Personally, he always wanted to make a difference, joining YG has expanded his horizon to make that difference in his community, but of course, he is not alone. With his fellow YGs members, he believes that we can shape the future of our community. He has learned that everyone is different in many ways but the few things we have in common can make a big difference.
“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?”—Bob Marley
17, Forest Hills High School
Joyee joined Young Governors because she heard about how this program is involved with the project (community garden) and she likes the idea of how teens are growing fruits and vegetables and giving back to the community (food pantry). Her experience with YG was amazing because it forces her to develop her speaking skills.
"There is no such thing as coincidences in this world. There is only the inevitable."
15 years old, Maspeth high school
Ivy has always lived in Elmhurst. Even though she is a part of her high school's green club, she always feels that what she contributes is not enough and she can do more. When she heard about Young Governors, she decided to join this program because she wants to empower the community and change Elmhurst into a better place.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."- Bernard M. Baruch
14, Maspeth High School
Even though Emily has always lived in Elmhurst but she knows very little about her community. So when she heard about Young Governor, she decided to join to learn more about the place she was living in. She met a lot of new friends and became a part of the team. Now, she is more comfortable talking to people.
"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory" -Dr. Suess
Young Governors has made her able to talk to strangers better and be comfortable taking to new people. The experience for her changed the way she sees the community.
16, High school For Arts and Business
The reason she joined Young Governors was for her to have better communication skills and to speak out in front of large groups of people. The program has impacted her by helping her feel comfortable speaking at a workshop they organized.
"Some people are worth melting for"- Frozen
Members of Young Governors Year 3: 2013
Ahmed Ghanem, who was 16 years old, had attended Forest Hills High School. He joined Young Governors because he really wanted to make a long-lasting positive impact on the Elmhurst community and he wanted to be recognized, along with his team for doing so. One thing he has learned is to become a better speaker and listener. He says "I remember being a volunteer for the Young Governors, helping them out and just lending them a hand with upcoming projects, like the community garden for example.
Quote:"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible"-Dalai Lama
Angie Pangol, who was 17 years old, had attended forest hills high school. She joined young governors to promote her communication skills and to help her community. She learned that anything is possible if you work together as a team.
Quote: "Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek” -Barack Obama.
Chaochi Lee, who was 16 years old, attended Flushing High school. She joined Young Governors because she wanted to be part of a change in her neighborhood. By being a volunteer first, she learned important skills that helped her assist her teammates in Young Governors. Along the way, Chaochi has learned to be more bold in talking and has improved her leadership skills
Quote: Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened- Dr. Suess
Erica Loo was a senior. She joined Young Governors because she learned so much from being a volunteer with them. Erica decided to take on more responsibility and so she applied. She learned to be a community organizer with better leadership and communication skills.
Quote: "Never let the urgent crowd out the important" - Kelly Catlin Walke
Katherine Chilaca , who was 15 years old, had attended Newtown High School, She joined Young Governors because her communication skills weren't improving & wanted her voice to be heard. Ever since she joined YG her communication skill has been improving. she used to be really shy at meeting new people, however ever since she has been in the program it had taught her how to talk to new people,meet new people,& understand others. She has been one of those people who thought her voice wouldn't be heard, but she has seen a difference in herself.
Quote:"Don't let what you can do stop you from doing what you can do"- John wooden
Kevin Salazar, a high school graduate who joined the program to discover new ways of living. He learned that his community is full of life, variety, and more than he expected. Through the program, he also learned about his own potential and gained wisdom. He's grateful for being a part of the program and he plans on creating his own business to empower himself and others.
"There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from." -Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
Nhi Tong, who was a senior in Forest Hills High School. She joins YG because YG gives her many chances to improve herself and adapt to NYC life, She just came to NYC in 2012, She is the combination of curiosity and guts; sadly, those traits were subsided before by her environment. She is changing, or at least trying to. YG is helping her doing it.
Quote: "Stay hungry, stay foolish" - Steve Jobs.
Stephen [Sam], who was 15 years old and a junior at Forest Hills High School. He joined Young Governors to be able to gain skills and experience needed in the real world. He learned to be more productive in public instead of being passive and incredibly shy.
"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." - Steve Martin
Tony Fang, who was 16 years old and had attended Forest Hills High School, he tends to be shy, but can step up when he is needed. He joined Young Governors in order to improve his communication skills, to improve himself, and to help improve the community. he has learned to try to communicate with people that he doesn't know and to be beneficial to the community he lives in.