Seniors to attend Youth Leadership Institute

Seniors to attend Youth Leadership Institute
Posted on 03/19/2022

Two Hicksville High School seniors, Daria Loor Macias and Lisdy Velasquez, have been selected to represent Long Island along with 20 other students from various districts at the Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PRHYLI). 

Although three students received intense training, only two are able to represent us as a region. The third student, Rocio Contreras, is a PRHYLI substitute delegate and is eligible to participate again next year.

All three students have demonstrated true leadership in attending seven intense full-day virtual trainings exploring Civic Identities. They also collaborated and debated on current political issues and law proposal while maintaining excellent academic performance and conduct in and out of school. 

Macias and Velasquez will participate in a virtual Mock Assembly debating actual bills that are on the assembly floor on the weekend of March 12 and have been assigned to study, research and debate for or against a bill. They will also have the privilege of meeting local assembly men and women during the virtual institute. 

“The overall purpose of this program is student empowerment,” said Janet Suarez-Lovett, Hicksville’s supervisor for world languages, ENL and bilingual programs. “I am very proud and excited for the opportunity this has given the students and would like to thank the teachers and school counselors who have encouraged and supported the students in this endeavor.”

The Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute is an innovative collaboration with the New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force in conjunction with the annual SOMOS El Futuro conference, Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages and the New York State City Board of Education.

Youth Leadership Institute

(L-R) Principal Raymond Williams, Lisdy Velasquez, Daria Loor Macias, and Rocio Contreras, Hicksville High School students and PR/HYLI delegates, Janet Suarez-Lovett, supervisor of world languages, ENL & bilingual programs.