Dominicanos USA, Adriano Espaillat, and Elected Officials Recognize Young Voices

Dominicanos USA, Adriano Espaillat, and Elected Officials Recognize Young Voices

NEW YORK, NY – This past Thursday, August 10th, 2017, Dominicanos USA recognized the hard work and accomplishments made by the Young Voices program participants, who were employed through the Summer Youth Employment Program. The event was held at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center where different representatives and community leaders also congratulated our young voices for their extraordinary performance this summer.

For the third consecutive year, DUSA was home to 60 participants whom we named our “young voices”. For six weeks, this students committed themselves to further empower citizens through voter registrations. They also learned about the importance of civic engagement which resulted in the young voices registering more than 1,000 voters in northern Manhattan and the Bronx.

Through the organization learning program, the youth were able to conduct field trips to various institutions. Students were able to expand their knowledge in education and civic engagement by attending the Dominican Studies Institute at City College, Bronx Community College, the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New-York Historical Society, Community Boards, College fairs, among other events.

One of the special guests at the recognition luncheon, Congressman Adriano Espaillat, said: “I commend you for the great work that you do, I am very proud of you all and I think that you are going to take this somewhere it has never been before”. These encouraging words were followed by speeches made by Senator Marisol Alcantara and Assemblywoman Carmen de la Rosa. Also in attendance, was representatives from Catholic Charities, Yamilky Crisostomo from the office of Brooklyn Borough President, and Mrs. Cira Angeles, who is a board member for DUSA.

The Young Voices were awarded several certificates of recognition by Congressman Espaillat, Senator Alcantara, and from the office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. They received them with great enthusiasm knowing that their work has been valued. “These young people represent the future of our community, and for that reason, we have to invest in them. Every 30 seconds a Latino turns 18 years old in the United States”, said Eddie Cuesta, National Director of Dominicanos USA”. DUSA is prideful about the fact that were able to mentor once again a group of young people and instill in them the importance of civic participation within their communities.

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