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ReAction Scholarship winners Fredderick Henderson and Brianna Felder.

The NYAGV Education Fund presented its first-ever scholarships to three students who excelled in its ReAction Youth Program.  Held in public high schools in Harlem, Crown Heights, the Bronx and other communities, the Program teaches students how to resist guns and gun violence and how to advocate for positive change in their communities.

Graduating students who completed the ReAction Program and were continuing their education beyond high school were eligible for the $500 scholarships. Students were required to complete an application that included recommendations and a personal essay about their experiences in the Program.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

• Fredderick Henderson, of the High School for Democracy and Leadership, who’ll be attending the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn. He wrote that the ReAction Program “motivates me to make a difference in my neighborhood. It tells me there is promise and potential. It inspires me to remind myself that I need to be active. If I start someplace small and make a small difference, I shall be able to make a larger difference.”

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ReAction Scholarship winner Leah Taylor Tucker.

• Brianna Felder, of the High School for Public Service, who’ll be  attending Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania. She wrote: “On Albany Day, we did a “Stand Up” in honor of the lives taken by gun violence. I found this very powerful and moving. ReAction has helped me realize that I have a voice in making a statement and striving for change. I can’t just wish for a change and allow negativity to come. I have to be the change I want and encourage others to join me.”

• Leah Taylor Tucker, of the High School for Public Service, who’ll be attending the College of Staten Island. She wrote: “Now I know I can actually make a difference. Lobbying was the best thing I ever did. It improved my public speaking skills and gave me the opportunity to talk to elected officials. The ReAction Program also showed me that someone cares and you are never alone.” 

Thanks to all the ReAction students who participated!

Help us expand the ReAction Youth Program and its scholarship fund!  Please contribute to the NYAGV Education Fund or sponsor our November 2 Annual Benefit. Thank you!