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The #DegreesNYC Youth Council is an opportunity for NYC high school, college, and non-traditional students to be a part of a youth advocacy network by working with #DegreesNYC. Our Youth Council is committed to making schools and campuses more student-ready by advocating for institutional and political reform.

Meet the Fellows:

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Media Lead

James R.

St. John's University '23
Fun fact: 
I like to play video games and write on my spare time.
What makes you a change-maker? 
I The inequalities are recklessly costly for students. I want to change these systems by holding them to a higher standard of financial and economic support. 
Why do you do this work? 
I want to raise awareness on mental and emotional well-being as important pillars.
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Policy & Research Lead

Julia P.

The East NY Arts & Civic HS '24
Fun fact: 
I like to play softball and write raps and poetry on my free time.
What makes you a change-maker? 
I want to create major change in the education system and its curriculum because I believe everyone deserves an equal opportunity to succeed and success should be based on individual merits, and not unfair advantages. 
Why do you do this work? 
I imagine an equitable school system for all to give everyone a change to be something regardless of where they're from or if they need extra help. true education is not a competition of which school can get the highest state test score. 


Outreach Lead

Lex T.

Park East High School '23
Fun fact: 
I'm a big fan of mathematics and literature! I also use my free time to visit museums and art galleries. 
What makes you a change-maker? 
I'm a leader that is open-minded to and empathetic to my team's opinion, and make compromises to fulfill the team's wishes and ensure they feel supported. 
Why do you do this work? 
I want to make change in the DOE system and give courage to other peers to follow their dreams.
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Policy Lead

Destiny G.

Brooklyn High School of the Arts '23
Fun fact: 
I love interacting with others and gaining new perspectives on important topics.
What makes you a change-maker? 
As a young person, it's easy to reach out to other youth. Seeing someone like you fight for a change will inspire others to do the same.
Why do you do this work? 
I seek to create an environment where all feel safe and welcomed.
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