Malia

Hello, my name is Malia Burgos and I am in the 8th grade at HALS Academy. I play softball for New Britain and basketball for Connecticut Spirit. I also enjoy music and take piano lessons. Being in the Youth Leadership Council has taught me many valuable lessons and brought me closer to people in positive ways. It is important to spread awareness about youth drug abuse and I am glad I am able to be a part of this group.

Alanise

Hello, my name is Alanise and I am a sophomore at New Britain High School. I participate as a Cane’ette and I dance at the YWCA. I go to the House of Teens afterschool program, and I’m a student teacher at the YWCA. I like that as a Youth Leadership Council member I can help prevent youth from making bad decisions. The Youth Leadership Council is important because we educate youth and the community about the consequences of vaping, smoking marijuana and underage drinking.

Julianna

My name is Julianna Guerrero. I am a junior at CREC Academy of Science and Innovation. Sports I participate in involve soccer, indoor track, and outdoor track for the Ravens team. The extracurricular activities that I am part of include Peer Mediation and National Honor Society. Youth Leadership Council is important to advocate against and prevent drug and alcohol use for young teens! This is something I feel I should take part in to help the community around me. I believe the program can make a difference in New Britain and has the ability to do so.

Analise

Hi! I’m Analise and I’m an 8th grader at House of Arts Letters and Science (HALS) Academy! I play Electric Bass and dance competitively at the YWCA. In my free time I like to read and play with my dog, Gus. I love being a part of the Youth Leadership Council because I get to hang out with my friends and make a positive difference in my community while doing so.

Blitz

Hello! My name is Blitz, and I am the first non-binary to be part of the New Britain Youth Leadership Council. I attend CREC Academy of Science and Innovation and I am in the 8th grade. I’m going to be playing on the baseball team for my school. In my free time, I enjoy making art and playing the guitar. I joined the Youth Leadership Council because I wanted to help out my community and help prevent youth from getting involved with alcohol and drugs.

Alex

Hello, I am Alex (Israel) Dandrade and I am 13 years old. I am a freshmen at New Britain High School taking Honors classes. I am very active in sports, playing high school basketball and serving as the Freshman Football Captain. I also play AAU basketball. The Youth Leadership Council is important because we donate to New Britain youth programs and we promote keeping kids away from drugs and alcohol.

Phoenix

I go to New Britain High School and I maintain grades of As and Bs. I play AAU Basketball and play saxophone for the Golden Hurricanes Marching Band. I plan on going to college and starting the pre-med track to become a medical doctor. I look forward to majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. I want to become a dermatologist. I like being a part of the Youth Leadership Council because I am able to make new friends that have the same community interest as I do.

Daniel

Hello! My name is Daniel and I’m a sophomore at New Britain High. When I’m not participating in the Youth Leadership Group, I enjoy playing music, learning new instruments, playing volleyball, and hanging out with friends. It is very important to have passions outside of school to try and provide healthy outlets and activities which keep me moving. I’d like to go to college to study as a choir director or music teacher. One thing I’d like to tell my peers is to live your best life!

  • Malia

    Hello, my name is Malia Burgos and I am in the 8th grade at HALS Academy. I play softball for New Britain and basketball for Connecticut Spirit. I also enjoy music and take piano lessons. Being in the Youth Leadership Council has taught me many valuable lessons and brought me closer to people in positive ways. It is important to spread awareness about youth drug abuse and I am glad I am able to be a part of this group.

  • Alanise

    Hello, my name is Alanise and I am a sophomore at New Britain High School. I participate as a Cane’ette and I dance at the YWCA. I go to the House of Teens afterschool program, and I’m a student teacher at the YWCA. I like that as a Youth Leadership Council member I can help prevent youth from making bad decisions. The Youth Leadership Council is important because we educate youth and the community about the consequences of vaping, smoking marijuana and underage drinking.

  • Julianna

    My name is Julianna Guerrero. I am a junior at CREC Academy of Science and Innovation. Sports I participate in involve soccer, indoor track, and outdoor track for the Ravens team. The extracurricular activities that I am part of include Peer Mediation and National Honor Society. Youth Leadership Council is important to advocate against and prevent drug and alcohol use for young teens! This is something I feel I should take part in to help the community around me. I believe the program can make a difference in New Britain and has the ability to do so.

  • Analise

    Hi! I’m Analise and I’m an 8th grader at House of Arts Letters and Science (HALS) Academy! I play Electric Bass and dance competitively at the YWCA. In my free time I like to read and play with my dog, Gus. I love being a part of the Youth Leadership Council because I get to hang out with my friends and make a positive difference in my community while doing so.

  • Blitz

    Hello! My name is Blitz, and I am the first non-binary to be part of the New Britain Youth Leadership Council. I attend CREC Academy of Science and Innovation and I am in the 8th grade. I’m going to be playing on the baseball team for my school. In my free time, I enjoy making art and playing the guitar. I joined the Youth Leadership Council because I wanted to help out my community and help prevent youth from getting involved with alcohol and drugs.

  • Alex

    Hello, I am Alex (Israel) Dandrade and I am 13 years old. I am a freshmen at New Britain High School taking Honors classes. I am very active in sports, playing high school basketball and serving as the Freshman Football Captain. I also play AAU basketball. The Youth Leadership Council is important because we donate to New Britain youth programs and we promote keeping kids away from drugs and alcohol.

  • Phoenix

    I go to New Britain High School and I maintain grades of As and Bs. I play AAU Basketball and play saxophone for the Golden Hurricanes Marching Band. I plan on going to college and starting the pre-med track to become a medical doctor. I look forward to majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. I want to become a dermatologist. I like being a part of the Youth Leadership Council because I am able to make new friends that have the same community interest as I do.

  • Daniel

    Hello! My name is Daniel and I’m a sophomore at New Britain High. When I’m not participating in the Youth Leadership Group, I enjoy playing music, learning new instruments, playing volleyball, and hanging out with friends. It is very important to have passions outside of school to try and provide healthy outlets and activities which keep me moving. I’d like to go to college to study as a choir director or music teacher. One thing I’d like to tell my peers is to live your best life!

    Mayor Erin Stewart holds a mock Council Meeting with the the Youth Leadership Group!

    For New Britain's 2021 annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., our students learned more about Dr. King's philosophy of non-violent protest.

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