The New York State Youth Leadership Council Awards Program was founded since 2007 by undocumented youth who understand first hand the challenges and struggles youth face when trying to continue with their post-secondary education. The NYSYLC Awards Program aims to support immigrant youth, regardless of their immigration status, advance themselves and their communities, pursue their higher education dreams and continue to contribute to our society in the manner of their choosing. The NYSYLC Awards is largely funded by youth-led grassroots fundraising efforts, as well as, generous donations and support from individuals and organizations.
Annual NYSYLC Awards Program 2012
It takes community to build a leader
This year’s NYSYLC Leadership Awards are dedicated to all the undocumented youth who with their brave actions have not only liberated themselves from fear but have also empowered many others to do the same; undocumented youth who by sharing their stories in public, with legislators, friends, at YLC trainings and meetings, and by taking part of our actions have given many other undocumented youth facing the same challenges and struggles the strength and courage to come out of the shadows and to empower themselves to make a change and to stand up for their communities. We also dedicate this ceremony to every undocumented youth who has been unjustly separated by deportation from their family and loved ones because of the broken immigration system; and to every undocumented person who is right now fighting for their right to remain in the country we all call home; because together we will continue to fight alongside for the passage of a comprehensive immigration bill to bring justice and relief to our immigrant communities at the local, state and national level. Even though the scholarships have been given out there is still time to donate, don’t hesitate in doing so and if you can’t please pass the link along. See more pictures of our Awards Ceremony here.
2012 Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients
- Yatziri pursuing double major in Childhood Education and Political Science at CCNY. Read her entry.
- Maria, pursuing a double major in Mathematics and Business Management at Manhattanville College. Read her entry.
- Marlen, pursuing a double major in Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Lehman College. Read her entry.
- Juana, pursuing a major in Education at BMCC. Read her entry.
- Angel, pursuing a degree in Genocide Studies at Hunter College. Read her entry.
- Lacey, intended major in Human Services and Social Work at BMCC. Read her entry.
- Isabel, pursuing a major in Political Science at CCNY. Read her entry.
- Estrella, pursuing major in Science at the New Community College
- Xiu, pursuing major in Finance at Baruch College
On the above picture awardees and recognized leaders
The NYSYLC would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the following people and organizations that supported our work this year. Some of the organizations and people are:
A.J. Muste Memorial Institute; Bingham McCutchen LLC.; Campus Progress; Community Resource Exchange; Lawyers Alliance for New York; Materials for the Arts; The National Immigrant Youth Alliance; New York Community Trust –Fund for New Citizens; New World Foundation; New York Foundation; North Star Fund; The Yip Harburg Foundation; SEIU-1199; PSC-CUNY; Tanya E. Kinigstein; Tatyana Kleyn; Elba Galvan; Kiran Savage-Sangwan; Inson Dubois Wood; Bradley Hope; Adam Lesser; Lauren Moffett; Masami Takenaka; Gabriela Aldana; Boobsbaconbourbon.com; Julia Gelatt; Rubeel Iqbal; Chris Malloy; Leiland Stevens; Jennifer Byers; Heather Conn; Vinson Cornejo; Erica Dorn; Rachel Greenwald; Nancy Hood; Sam Horwich-Scholefield; Niki Jones; Ruri Kinoshita; Lynn Kriesten; Jason Ojalvo; Rodrigo Pereyra; Pam Promer; Kia Schwaninger; Katherine Selengia; Matthew Silverman; Christine Spinelli; Miriam Valdovinos; Allison Blanks; Gillian S. Cohen; Kathleen Driskill; Deena Fladell; Chauntel Gerdes; Tavia Gilbert; Erika Granger; Patrice Haspil; Lindsey Heitman; Kevin Jarboe; Daniel Koppich; Su Manzi; Nicole Opdenbosch; Claire Powell; Dr. Maria E. Torres-Guzman; Christopher White; Fundraising Soccer Team Los Chamacos Unidos: Wil Snape, Ken Kinoshita, Elliot Gilmore, and Rodrigo and Cristian Camarena.
NYSYLC Awards Program 2011
2011 was a year of ups and downs to everyone, including the New York State Youth Leadership Council’s scholarship fund. We worried and feared that in 2011 we wouldn’t be able to offer scholarships to deserving youth despite all their hard work and resilience. Thanks to every single person who donated and the endless fundraisers we were able to offer 9 scholarships and we hope that these students will be able to continue their education. Their applications made us laugh and cry as well. We know we will be seeing great things from them. Even though the scholarships have been given out there is still time to donate, don’t hesitate in doing so and if you can’t please pass the link along.
Janeth O. 2011 Scholarship Submission
Yessica M. 2011 Scholarship Submission
Rawn H. 2011 Scholarship Submission
Poem 2011 Scholarship Submission
New Immigrant Community Empowerment, The New York Foundation, The North Star Fund, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The New York Community Trust: Fund for New Citizens, National Latina Institute For Reproductive Health, 1199 SEIU, 5 Boro Power Yoga, Abie Seruya, Alexandra Delano, Alyshia Galvez, Anahi Viladrich, Anayely Gomez, Andres Quintero, Angelly Guzman, Araceli Gomez, Shervaughn Jr Pierre, Ashwin Corattiyil, Brian Lee, Carl Fagen, Carlos Hernandez, Cesar Andrade, Christina Antonakos-Wallace, Clare Kambhu, Cosette Olivio, David Hoffman, Eduardo Artica, Elizabeth Solis, Fernando Rojas, Fernando Rojas, Fiorit Hadriye, Fred Sanchez, Gabriel Aldana, Gabriel Martinez, Gwynne Wilcox, Iliana Feliz, Isabel Martinez, Jazmin Chavez, Jeremy Watson, Johanna Ocana, Jose Zacatelco, Joseph Ferrante, Julia Gellat, Justa Hernandez, Maria Jose Rosa, Mario Alulema, Maritza Guzman, Matilde Pedrero, Monica Novoa, Nora Searle, Octavio Gomez, Phillippa Savage, Richardo Mattos, Ruben Falk, Saily Cabral, Samantha Santon, Shabel Castro, Socorro Zacatelco, Stephanie Hernandez, Timothy Farrell, Victor Bonilla, Violeta Gomes-Uribe, Yadira Alvarez