My Passion for Advocacy

The lessons I’ve learned at YASI are lessons that I have taken with me into my life and spread through my communities, at school, and at home. At school, I am the co-president of a club called History for Action. In this club, we facilitate conversations on current issues and their historic parallels. Learning about […]

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My Life After YASI

In the short time passed upon completing the Youth Advocacy Summer Institute program, also known as YASI, I have really grown and excelled both professionally and personally. YASI allowed me to gain experience in the field of social services and opened pathways for me to further excel. During my time with YASI, I attended an […]

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Opening to Love

At 9 years old, I was told I would be moving in with my grandparents. I was upset, confused, and grieving for my old home upstate in the mountains, regardless of how unsafe and unstable it was. I resented my grandparents for not being my biological parents.  My grandparent’s old school parenting style where emotions […]

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Rickey: I Am A Doctor

As we approach the start of YASI ’18 we hope you’ll join us in looking back at some of last summer’s exciting activities, including an impressive spoken word piece by Ricky Strahan (YASI ’17). This amazing poem was performed at YASI’s youth summit entitled Brooklyn’s Health: An Unseen Priority on August 9, 2017. Enjoy the […]

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Zamani: Reflections on Neglect

The following is a poem written by Zamani Ackie-Davis (YASI ’17) reflecting on his experience speaking with residents of a homeless shelter outside the New Lots Library in East New York, Brooklyn.  Zamani met these individuals while staffing a YASI help desk during YASI 2017. When you’re on your daily commute Wearing a nice tie […]

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Kadidiatou: Four Years Later

College. For the past 4 years of my high school career, the word has been held over my head like a warning. Walking in on my first day of high school, I was assured that in 1,459 days’ time I would be prepared for the expectations and responsibilities that attending a higher institution of learning […]

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