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The next generation of advocates

Empowered: Graduating teens from the Youth Empowerment Program sponsored by FPWA and funded by Councilmemembers Mathieu Eugene and Donovan Richards.
Photo by Joshua Schwalbach-Scott

BOROUGH WIDE

Move over the tassels and toss those mortar boards in the air for 27 teens from Brooklyn and Queens who completed the Youth Empowerment Movement program at Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies.

The program teaches critical advocacy tools that empower our youth to become social justice advocates.

Funded by Council Member Mathieu Eugene (D–Crown Heights), the program also received support from Council Member Donovan Richards (D–Queens) this year, with a combined $10,000 in funding from both officials to sustain and enhance this program.

The program was launched in 2016 and is designed to help youth define their role in helping to shape and transform their communities.

Teens focused on trauma and advocacy, and a historical context for understanding social justice issues.

“I’m thrilled to support the Youth Empowerment Program for the second year,” said Eugene, chairman of the Youth Services Committee.

“FPWA has a rich history of being on the front lines of advocacy,” added Richards, co-chairman of the Progressive Caucus.

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies is an anti-poverty, policy, and advocacy nonprofit with a membership network of nearly 200 human-service and faith-based organizations.

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies [40 Broad St. at New Street in Manhattan, (212) 777-4800].w

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