Stepinac High School senior John Prince of Valhalla is not only busy with a full slate of academic and extracurricular activities in the new school year, but he also has new duties as a recently named member of New York State Majority Leader Andrea Stuart-Cousins’ Youth Advisory Council (YAC).
The honor was extended to the community-minded Prince in a July 31
email message from the senator’s office that noted: “Your leadership skills, willingness to learn and extracurricular activities stood out in the application process, and we have no doubt that you are well-suited for this council.”
As a member of the YAC, Prince helps to advise Stuart-Cousins on issues that affect young people and also has the “opportunity to increase civic engagement within the community and work on advocacy projects.”
Prince’s area of interest is promoting voting awareness among young people. He joins other YAC members in monthly virtual meetings to review projects, an activity that will continue until the end of the school year next June. Two of the YAC members are Prince’s friends — Christopher Barnaby of White Plains, who attends the The Masters School, and Shane Daughtry of Chappaqua, a Fordham Preparatory School student.
During the height of the pandemic last April, the trio raised $12,000 and delivered 2,000 meals to the frontline, night-shift workers at area hospitals. At the same time, local restaurants that had been hit hard economically by the pandemic benefitted by providing the food.
The successful campaign, entitled “Friends4Frontline,” was one of the key factors in the three teenagers being invited to join the YAC.
– edited by Georgette Gouveia