Students as Advocates for Equality in Relationships Earn
State Honors and National Attention
teachers, advisors and fellow students to the State Capitol in Albany
to honor their selfless contributions to their peers and communities.
Sashay Turner, Yarelis Borrero, and DaQuan Gary have partnered with My Sister’s
Place to become junior facilitators in a program called Students Advocating for
Equality in Relationships. The students’ goal, armed with stunning
statistics and an unwavering sense of purpose, is to educate their peers about
safe and healthy relationships.
As a result of the students’ advocacy and educational outreach, they have
earned the First Place distinction in the Community Service category at the annual New York State
Skills USA competition. A resolution, sponsored by Senator
Stewart-Cousins, was approved unanimously by the full Senate today in honor of
“Sashay, Yarelis, and DaQuan have assumed leadership roles in their community
that are far beyond their years,” stated Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
“Their fight against abusive relationships among high school students in
the City of Yonkers and across New York State, as well as their continued
activism are worthy of Statewide and national recognition.”
The students of Roosevelt High School traveled from the City of Yonkers to
Albany with their advisors, Ms. Noreen Riotto and Frank Leonetti, and their
Principal, Jade Sharp.
“It is an honor for me to highlight the selfless achievements of our students
and I am pleased my Senate colleagues joined me in underscoring our
appreciation of their commitment to working toward creating violence-free
communities throughout the State,” Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins concluded.
A link to Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ weekly cable show with the students
as her guests follows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVQrRaZGyLY