(updated June 9th @ 4pm*)
Two Rye High School seniors have completed Westchester County Government’s Summer Volunteer Fellowship Program. The program provides eligible high school and college students with the opportunity to gain professional experience, build leadership skills, work closely with experienced staffers and learn about County government.
Luke Lepore and Rafay Syed of Rye High School were two of the ten students in the County-wide fellowship program.
“These students are our future leaders and we want to provide a foundation for them, right here in Westchester County, so they can begin to explore the opportunities available in local government,” said Rye guy and County Executive Latimer. “We want to show them how they can be instrumental in creating a better society by giving them a deeper understanding of how County government works.”
The fellows volunteered for roughly 4 to 6 weeks as part of senior alternative programs from 5 different Westchester high schools. Fellows researched County-wide issues, drafted executive summaries, assisted in facilitating and promoting community events and otherwise supported day-to-day operations.
This group of fellows worked to facilitate the County’s community health Survey in New Rochelle and White Plains, facilitated the 2022 Pride Flag Raising by organizing and coordinating dozens of high school organizations, and researched a wide variety of issues, including housing and the mobility of low income and homeless/formerly homeless populations. They also learned about County operations by touring the Material Recovery Facility, The Yonkers and Port Chester Wastewater Treatment Plants, Ward Pound Ridge, Hilltop Hanover, CompostED, and the County Archives.
*Originally we said three Rye High School students were in this program. We were notified by the County that Emily Guzman is a student at Rye Brook, not Rye.