Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program


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12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187

Jan. 17, 2003

 

Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program
Graduates Class of 2002

 

Tuesday, Jan. 28, the students who have participated in the Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program's class of 2001-2002 will graduate in a ceremony to be held at the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The ceremony scheduled from 4 - 6 p.m. will be held in rooms 9 and 10 of the conference center. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Katherine K. Hanley, County Executive Anthony H. Griffin, school personnel, parents and teachers of the participants will be on hand for the ceremony.

This innovative program, launched by Fairfax County, is preparing the next generation to become engaged citizens and leaders in the community. The Youth Leadership Program, now completing its second year, takes high school juniors from the classroom into county offices and work sites to experience first-hand the critical work of their local government.

A total of 19 students will graduate from the 2002 class of the Youth Leadership Program, one student from nearly all Fairfax County's high schools and secondary schools. Each month during the program the students attended three-hour sessions sponsored by different county agencies. Through these sessions and an internship in July 2002, students gained first-hand experience in local government and the services provided to citizens, as well as learned about the challenges faced in meeting the county's growing needs. They also met with decision-makers in government and learned about the role of citizens in shaping policy and establishing priorities to meet community needs. The issues the students explored during the year-long program include housing and homelessness, human services challenges and solutions, budgeting during an uncertain economy, meeting the recreational and cultural needs of citizens, public safety in today's world, and land use planning and development.

 

The students were selected based on their individual achievements in school and their involvement at their schools and in the community. The class of 2002 includes the following students: Shion Chang, Lake Braddock Secondary School; Natasha J. Clay, Hayfield Secondary School; Benjamin Click, West Springfield High School; Reese Dandawate, Fairfax High School; Puja Deverakonda, South Lakes High School; Cosmo Fujiyama, McLean High School; Emily Ann Halonen, Herndon High School; Andrew Howlett, Chantilly High School; Sarah Jugo, Robert E. Lee High School; Albert Lawrence, Mount Vernon High School; Jamie Miranda, Robinson Secondary School; Nancy Ngo, Stuart High School; Jamie Segal, Langley High School; Lauren Shea, Edison High School; Michael Sorrell, Centreville High School; Claiborne Tompkins, West Potomac High School; NatalieWallace, Annandale High School; Michael Wain, Oakton High School; and Eun-Mee Yang, Falls Church High School.

For further information on the Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program, contact Susan Datta in the Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget at 703-324-4068, TTY 711 (Virginia Relay Center).

 

 


 

 

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