Crown Heights students met with their representative, Senator Kevin Parker.

NYAGV’s ReACTION Youth Program students got the unique experience of experiencing state government first hand on their May 4 Albany Day Field trip.

These teens–from high schools in Crown Heights, the Bronx and Harlem–had an action-packed day in which they had the opportunity to:

  • Meet with their legislators–Senators Jesse Hamilton, Bill Perkins and Kevin Parker; Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte–and share their stories about gun violence.
  • Speak to the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms on the floor of the Senate.

    The students on the floor of the Senate with the Sergeant-at-Arms.

  • Hold a press conference and apply the skills they’ve learned in the ReACTION Program including public speaking, planning and organizing.
  • Remember New York City victims of gun violence. Brandon, a senior from the High School for Public Service, showed pictures and read out names of young people murdered by guns in the past year and honored them with a moment of silence.
  • Hear Oxsana Naumkin, mother of shooting victim Nicholas Naumkin, talk about the need for the safe storage of guns.
  • Watched four students from the Performing Arts High School in Harlem do a dance interpretation while Stephanie McKay sang the song, “Crying Shame.”

This was a great experience for all 150 students that attended. Thanks for supporting the ReACTION Youth Program!