Sunday, December 2, 2012

McKee HS Student at Model NYC Council 2012

At the 11th annual Model New York City Council Project, McKee student, Kaelin Hernandez participated in a unique opportunity.

Kaelin was involved in an intensive four week internship experience which focused on leadership development. The emphasis was on students learning about the policy making process in city government.

Kaelin was part of a group of 49 students that were selected to be part of the Model NYC Council. The students were screened from a pool of participants who take College Now courses at their respective high schools. McKee High School has College Now courses with both Kingsborough Community College and College of Staten Island.

This internship was spearheaded by Anthony J. Maniscalco, Director of the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program. This organization is a collaboration between BMCC and CUNY, generates opportunities for students in the secondary and post-secondary level to learn about public service by linking academic training to simulating real world procedures and actions within local government.

On Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Borough of Manhattan Community College, the students gathered at Emerald Hall to debate the stop and frisk policy. (L-R: Kaelin Hernandez and Ms. Marisol Hernandez.)

There were several representatives from the New York City Council. The key note speaker was Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn. The gist of her speech: New York City Council is looking for smart, eager graduates of CUNY College to be involved in city politics. Speaker Quinn also reminded the students that procrastination is the enemy - they need to complete filling out their college applications.

Way cool event. So you know I had to stop by and lend support. . . and also take a picture.

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